Clinical Psychology

(Master of Arts Degree)

The Clinical Psychology specialization of the M.A. degree offers a broad education in the fundamentals of Clinical Psychology, preparing students for further study at the doctoral level, or for post-M.A. employment in settings offering psychological services. (The Clinical specialization is a terminal master’s degree program because the department does not offer a doctoral degree program in Clinical Psychology.) Graduates also may elect to work as a psychology assistant under the supervision of a doctoral-level, licensed psychologist. Psychology assistants work in hospital, forensic, or clinical settings and engage in assessment, treatment and research activities.


  • Cohort Model (Annual Admission)
    Thesis Aligned with Faculty Research Interests
    Opportunities for Conference Presentations/Publications
    Assistantships (Tuition Grants) Available for Research- and Teaching-Related Activities
    Expert Faculty with Varied Research Interests

Program of Study

The Clinical specialization offers two tracks of study to accommodate the interests of students:

  1. Doctoral preparation track, which requires the completion of a research (typically, data-based) thesis; and
  2. Practitioner track, which allows students flexibility in elective coursework.

Each track requires the student to complete a 50 credit hour program of coursework and clinical field experiences. The program requires full-time study for two academic years. No courses are offered during the summer, though students in the doctoral preparation track frequently work on their theses during the summer between the first and second years of the program.

Both tracks emphasize core content and basic skills in the first year, and practical experience and professional skills in the second year. The curriculum emphasizes human development and its deviations, as well as the methods and techniques of assessing and influencing this development in clinical contexts. Courses (required and elective) include:

  • Clinical Interviewing
    Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
    Adult Psychopathology
    Univariate Statistics and Research Methodology
    Advanced Data Analysis
    Individual Psychotherapy
    Clinical Psychopharmacology
    Personality Assessment
    Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues
    Research and Thesis
    Forensic Psychology
    Multicultural Psychology and Diversity
    Lifespan Development: Child/Adolescent or Adulthood/Aging

Faculty Research Interests

  • Identification, evaluation, and treatment of stress reactions
    Clinical neuropsychology
    Child and adult psychopathology
    Aging and mental health
    Cognitive-behavior therapy

Refer to our Applying for Graduate Admissions page for information about admissions criteria and procedures.