Clinical Psychology - M.A. and Ph.D. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychological Sciences
144 Kent Hall
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology prepares students to conduct research, to serve on college and university faculties, and to provide a range of clinical services. The program adheres to the Clinical Scientist model of education and training, which is founded on the idea that the practice of psychology should be based on the science of psychology, and that practicing psychologists should be able to translate clinical observation into researchable questions and pursue new knowledge on the basis of their observations. Students are expected to develop an area of special expertise in research, and opportunities for specialized clinical training are offered. In addition to general training in clinical psychology, students may receive specialized research and clinical training in one of the following areas: Adult Psychopathology; Assessment; Child; Health; or Neuropsychology.
Applications for admission are accepted only from holders of a baccalaureate who aspire to the doctorate.
M.A.: Requirements for the M.A. degree are at least 32 semester hours, which include a basic core of required courses, clinical practica, and a thesis. Additional courses are selected with the aid of an advisor. A limited number of courses outside the department may be credited toward the degree. No 50000-level psychology courses may be applied toward degree requirements for psychology majors. Students must complete at least 18 semester hours of course credits within an academic year.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Demonstrate competencies in research methodologies specific to their area of interest.
2. Demonstrate competencies in teaching undergraduate courses.
3. Demonstrate competencies in providing psychological assessment and treatment services.
The graduate programs in psychology are strongly research-oriented. Students are encouraged to become engaged in a variety of research projects.
Ph.D.: Students who have been admitted into the doctoral program will be considered for Ph.D. candidacy after they have met all requirements for the M.A. and have passed a qualifying examination in a major area of specialization in psychology. In addition, the department reserves the right to separate from the program a student who, in the opinion of a duly constituted departmental committee, is not likely to succeed professionally despite earning acceptable grades. Proficiency in a foreign language is not a requirement for a doctoral degree in psychology.
Ph.D.: Approved by the American Psychological Association.
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