Clinical Psychology: MA Degree Program

The Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Clinical Psychology is primarily designed to educate and prepare students to transition into the Clinical Psychology doctoral program, so that they may eventually provide professional clinical psychology services. Combining theory, training and practice, this program introduces students to basic clinical skills that integrate individual and group theoretical foundations of applied psychology into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills.

Those students who do not enter subsequent doctoral study may utilize this degree in pursuing a social service career such as a master’s-level counselor. Additional coursework and post-master’s experience may be necessary for master’s-level licensure and varies at a state to state level.

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Program Goals and Objectives

Specific goals and objectives of the Master of Arts (MA) degree program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg 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 and assessment, 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 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.