Clinical Psychology: MA Degree Program

Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Psychology is designed to prepare graduates for subsequent doctoral study in the clinical psychology. To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum provides for the meaningful integration of theory, training and practice.

Eligibility for Licensure

The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program curriculum’s focus is preparation for the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program and not for independent practice. Depending on state requirements, the program may help to prepare students for licensure in psychology or counseling at the master’s level. Additional coursework may be needed for licensure at the master’s level. Master’s-level licensure varies from state to state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the requirements for professional licensure in the state they wish to practice.

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Program Goals and Objectives

Specific objectives of the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago include the following:

Goal 1

Prepare Master’s level professionals to select, implement, and evaluate psychological interventions consistent with current ethical, evidence-based, and professional standards, within a theoretical framework, and with sensitivity to the interpersonal processes of the therapeutic relationship and the diverse characteristics and needs of clients.

  • Objective 1.1: Synthesize the foundations of clinical psychology, including psychopathology, human development, diagnosis, diversity, ethics, and various therapeutic models in clinical applications.
  • Objective 1.2: Select, plan, and implement ethical and evidence-based interventions with sensitivity to the diverse characteristics and needs of clients.
  • Objective 1.3: Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively implement and participate in psychological consultation and supervision.
  • Objective 1.4: Demonstrate personal development and self-reflective capacity, including growth of interpersonal skills, and therapeutic relationships.

Goal 2

Prepare Master’s level professionals to analyze the complexity and multidimensionality of human diversity, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand diverse worldviews and the potential meaning of social, cultural, and individual differences for psychological services.

Goal 3

Prepare Master’s level professionals to critically evaluate the current and evolving body of scholarly literature in psychology to inform professional practice.