Master of Arts Curriculum

The Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Clinical Psychology program can be completed in as little as two years, but must be completed within five years. The first year of the program provides students with foundational coursework, followed by a full-year practicum experience and additional coursework.

Course Listing

The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 50 semester credit hours distributed as follows: assessment requirements, 9 credit hours; clinical intervention and psychotherapy requirements, 6 credit hours; ethics and professional conduct requirements, 5 credit hours; human development requirements, 6 credit hours; psychopathology requirements, 6 credit hours; psychotherapy requirements, 9 credit hours; statistics and research methods requirements, 3 credit hours; and practicum and practicum seminar requirements, 6 credit hours.

Assessment Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP7370 - Cognitive Assessment (3)
  • PP7371 - Objective Personality Assessment (3)
  • PP7372 - Projective Personality Assessment (3)

Assessment Requirements - 9 Credit Hours

Clinical Interventions and Psychotherapy Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP7340 - Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations (3)
  • PP7368 - Initial Interviewing Skills (1.5)
  • PP7369 - Basic Intervention Skills and Models (1.5)

Students choose three from the following:

  • PP8020 - Person-Centered and Experiential Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP8010 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP8040 - Psychoanalytic Theory and Psychotherapy (3)
  • PP8050 - Family and Couples Therapy (3)
  • PP8060 - Group Psychotherapy (3)
  • PP8650 - Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder (3)

Clinical Interventions and Psychotherapy Requirements - 15 Credit Hours

Ethics and Professional Conduct Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP7100 - Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and Law (3)
  • PP7110 - Professionalization Group I (1)
  • PP7111 - Professionalization Group II (1)

Ethics and Professional Conduct Requirements - 5 Credit Hours

Human Development Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP7020 - Child and Adolescent Development (3)
  • PP8470 - Adult Development and Aging (3)

Human Development Requirements - 6 Credit Hours

Psychopathology Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP7310 - Theories of Psychopathology (3)
  • PP7311 - Diagnostic Psychopathology (3)

Psychopathology Requirements - 6 Credit Hours

Psychotherapy Course Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP8010 - History and Systems (3)
  • PP8020 - Cognition and Affective Processes (3)
  • PP8040 - Physiological Psychology (3)
  • PP8050 - Social Psychology (3)
  • PP8650 - Psychometric Theory (3)
  • PP8060 - Group Psychotherapy (3) *
  • Other intervention electives†

Therapy Requirements - 9 Credit Hours

* Recommended if pursuing LPC/LCPC licensure with the MA in Clinical Psychology degree.
† No more than 3 credit hours. Prerequisites must be met.

Statistics and Research Methods Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP7200 - Statistics and Research I (3)

Statistics and Research Requirements - 3 Credit Hours

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Students Are Required to Take the Following

  • PP6201 - Master’s Practicum I (3)
  • PP6202 - Master’s Practicum II (3)

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements - 6 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

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

  • 50 semester credit hours which must be successfully completed by the end of the fifth year of matriculation. The total hours must include:
    • 50 credit hours of required courses (includes practicum seminar and professionalization groups credit hours)
    • 2 semesters of Professionalization Group
    • 6 credit hours (generally one academic year) of practicum and practicum seminar
  • Successful completion of the Clinical Competency Examination (CCE)
  • Successful passing of the master’s Comprehensive Exam
  • Obtaining a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration

Research Training

Consistent with our practitioner-scholar model and the goals of our program, students learn the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the professional literature to inform their professional practice as well as engage in research consistent with their career objectives. Specifically, embedded across the curriculum students’ learning is informed by the current empirical research and they are taught to critically evaluate the literature and to 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 students begin work on their Clinical Research Project (CRP).

The CRP is designed to develop and refine the skills necessary to integrate one’s clinical knowledge with the research literature in order to produce an original, scholarly research contribution in an area of clinical psychology. In conducting the project, students are expected to significantly deepen their knowledge about a particular area (or areas) of clinical psychology, enhance and sharpen their critical thinking and writing skills, and develop and apply skills in research methodology.

The CRP requires students to analyze and synthesize the psychological literature and to develop original research questions that they can then investigate in order to draw conclusions based on the results of their study. CRPs may involve original empirical research using quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methodologies, or a theoretically based comprehensive literature review with an original contribution, such as a proposal for program development, 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:

Dr. Mudita Rastogi presented with students and alumni at the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), March 5-8, 2014 at Panama City, Panama

  • Rastogi, M & Massey-Hastings, N. (2014) On-line interventions for couples regarding reproductive decisions.
  • Rastogi, M. & Basov, A. (2014) Pre-adolescents perspectives of communications patterns with adults about social networking.

Students presented their research under the mentorship of Drs. Juzwin, Lilie and Tews-Kozlowski at the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, September 18-21, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Miller, G., Juzwin, K., Lilie, J., Lapacka, S., Lyden, A., Wright, H, & Stubenrauch, S. (2014) The differences between special police unit personality factors as measured by the PsychEval Personality Questionnaire.
  • Dubois, A., Tews-Kozlowski, Juzwin, K., Hendrickson, M, Cunningham, R. Hoover, T., Andrews, E. Veach, E., & Murray, B. The comprehensive options for police selection (COPS).

Drs. James Dugo and Sandra Lema-Stern presented with their research with students at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), April 11-13, 2014, Montreal, Canada

  • Dugo, J. & Allen, Thaddeus (2014) Leadership roles and perceptions of goal achievement.
  • Breese, J & Lema-Stern, S. (2014) Alliance and group leadership roles.

Several students also recently presented their research at the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, March 6-8, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

  • Poonati, S., & Welker, J. (2014) Therapeutic Interventions: Intersectionality of Chinese-American LGBT.
  • Todd, C., & Ryan, B. (2014) Child Terminal Illness.
  • Noren, M., & Carter, S. Religious considerations when working with families of LGBT clients.