Master of Arts Curriculum

The first year of our Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology program provides students with foundational coursework, followed by a full-year practicum experience and additional coursework. This program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential in the formation of master’s-level professionals who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services.

The MA program can be completed in as little as two years, but must be completed within five years.

Course Listing

The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 50 semester credit hours, distributed as follows: core course requirements, 36 credit hours; elective requirements, 6 credit hours; professionalization group requirements, 2 credit hours; and practicum and practicum seminar requirements, 6 credit hours. Matriculated students must complete all course requirements in an in-residence format.

Core Course Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7020 - Child and Adolescent Development (3)
  • PP 7080 - Personal and Professional Development Group (2)
  • PP 7100 - Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and Law (3)
  • PP 7202 - Statistics (3)
  • PP 7320 - Health and Dysfunction I (3)
  • PP 7321 - Health and Dysfunction II (3)
  • PP 7339 - Survey of Diversity and Multicultural Psychology (3)
  • PP 7370 - Cognitive Assessment (4)
  • PP 7520 - Personality Assessment (4)
  • PP 8020 - Person-Centered and Experiential Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8470 - Adult Development and Aging (3)

Core Course Requirements—34 Credit Hours

Intervention Elective Requirements

Students are required to choose two of the following:

  • PP 8010 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8040 - Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8050 - Family and Couples Therapy (3)

Intervention Elective Requirements—6 Credit Hours

General Elective Requirements

Students choose from the following:

  • PP 7000 - History and Systems (3)
  • PP 7040 - Cognition and Affective Processes (3)
  • PP 7051 - Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PP 7120 - Psychology and Management (1.5)
  • PP 7203 - Research Methods (3)
  • PP 7322 - Community Mental Health (3)
  • PP 7330 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3)
  • PP 7349 - Career Assessment and Counseling (3)
  • PP 7400 - Advanced Group Leadership and Supervision (1.5)
  • PP 7401 - Advanced Group Leadership and Supervision II (1.5)
  • PP 7610 - Extended Empathic Responding I (1.5)
  • PP 7611 - Health Psychology: Pain, Neurological Conditions and Rehabilitation (3)
  • PP 7612 - Extended Empathic Responding II (1.5)
  • PP 7615 - Health Psychology: Prevention, Stress and Serious Illness (3)
  • PP 8010 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8020 - Person-Centered and Experiential Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8022 - Exploring Diversity I (1.5)
  • PP 8024 - Exploring Diversity II (1.5)
  • PP 8025 - Diversity Psychology: Past, Present & Future (3)
  • PP 8040 - Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8050 - Family and Couples Therapy (3)
  • PP 8060 - Group Psychotherapy (3)
  • PP 8116 - Psychology of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Development (3)
  • PP 8117 - Indigenous Healing Models and Modern Psychotherapy (1.5)
  • PP 8155 - Practice Development and Marketing for Psychologists (1.5)
  • PP 8334 - Attention Deficit Disorder and Nonverbal Learning Disability (1.5)
  • PP 8616 - Psychology of Women (3)
  • PP 8650 - Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (3)
  • PP 8651 - Skills Laboratory in Health Psychology: Meditation (1.5)
  • PP 8661 - Eating Disorders (1.5)
  • PP 8662 - Addictive Disorders (1.5)
  • PP 8673 - Hypnotherapy (1.5)
  • PP 8677 - Mourning and Loss (3)
  • PP 8682 - Psychotherapy and Spirituality (3)
  • PP 8683 - Existential Psychotherapy (3)
  • PP 8711 - Child Maltreatment (3)
  • PP 8717 - Psychology of Gender (3)
  • PP 8751 - Family Systems and Health (1.5)
  • PP 8752 - Antepartum and Postpartum Mood Disorders (1.5)

General Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours

Professionalization Group Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7110 - Professionalization Group I (0)
  • PP 7111 - Professionalization Group II (0

Professionalization Group Requirements—0 Credit Hours

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 6201 - Master’s Practicum I (3)
  • PP 6202 - Master’s Practicum II (3)

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements—6 Credit Hours

Portfolio Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7499 - Portfolio Development (1)

Portfolio Requirements—1 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students who are admitted into the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program will be responsible for completing the program requirements that are in effect at the time of their admission. The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago retains the right to modify these requirements in accordance with the demands of the profession of psychology. See the Recommended Course Sequence in the Academic Catalog for more information on when to complete specific courses.

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of 50 semester credit hours that includes
    • 43 credit hours of coursework
    • 6 credit hours of practicum
    • 1 credit hour of portfolio
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • Completion of the MA Clinical Evaluation Conference tasks
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration

Research Training

Consistent with our practitioner-scholar model and goals, this program can help you learn the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate professional literature, use this literature to inform your professional practice, and engage in research that aligns with your career objectives. Across the curriculum, your studies will be informed by current empirical research, and you will be taught to critically evaluate the literature and assess outcomes in a manner consistent with the model of the local clinical scientist. Formal training in research methods and statistical analysis occurs in two required semester-long courses, and, with this knowledge and experience, you may then begin work on your Clinical Research Project (CRP).

The Clinical Research Project (CRP)

The CRP is designed to develop and refine the skills necessary to integrate your clinical knowledge with research literature to produce original, scholarly research in clinical psychology. During this project, you will be expected to:

  • Significantly deepen your knowledge about a particular area (or areas) of clinical psychology
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and writing skills
  • Develop and apply skills in research methodology

The CRP requires you to analyze and synthesize the psychological literature and to develop original research questions. To successfully complete this project, you must investigate these questions and draw conclusions based on your study results. CRPs may involve original empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies, or a comprehensive literature review with an original contribution such as strategies for enhancing current treatments, a proposal for program development and evaluation, or a novel treatment approach.

The Clinical Research Project can serve as a launching point for students and alumni to pursue further scholarship such as publications and presentations, often in collaboration with program faculty. Recent examples of such collaboration include:

  • Ketisch, T., Jones, R. A., Mirsalimi, H., Casey, R., & Milton, T. (2014, in press). Boundary disturbances and eating disorder symptoms. American Journal of Family Therapy.
  • Hollander, D., Shillingsburg, M.A., & Muskat, L.R. (2014, May). Effectiveness of stimulus-stimulus pairing: A review of the literature. In M.A. Shillingsburg (Chair), Outcomes of applied behavior analytic interventions for children with ASD. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Association for Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI), Chicago, IL.
  • Townsend, N., DeFilippis, N., & Hill, F. (2014, August). Variables impacting life satisfaction in former Soviet Union countries. Poster session presented at the 2014 annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Webb, D., Collins, M., DeFilippis, N. & Hill, F. (2013). Reliability of the Clinical Dementia Rating with a traumatic brain injury population: A preliminary study. Applied Neuropsychology, 2, 145-151.
  • Balkema, N. & Muskat, L.R. (2012, February). The efficacy of DBT with children in an in-patient setting. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Milton, T., Jones, R., Mirsalimi, H., & Casey, R. (2012, February). Childhood sexual abuse and disordered eating: Caucasian and African-American women. Poster session presented at the 58th annual convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Shariati, R., Yosick, R. A., Belden, A., Truskowski, J., Muskat, L.R. & Zaorski, D. M. (2012, February). Perceptions of the discipline of psychology in the United States from 1948–2010. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lewis, K. & Muskat, L.R. (2011, April). Strengthening her inner voice: Empowerment-oriented approaches and the psychological wellness of African American women. 3-hour continuing education workshop presented at the meeting of the Georgia Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Luton, L.M., Burns,T., & DeFilippis, N.A. (2010). Frontal lobe epilepsy in children and adolescents: A preliminary neuropsychological assessment of executive function. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25 (4), 762-770.