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 school retains the right to modify these requirements in accordance with the demands of the profession of psychology. The courses will be completed in the order recommended by the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.
To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:
- 50 semester credit hours that must be completed by the end of the fifth year of matriculation. The total credit hours must include:
- 42 credit hours of required courses completed with a grade of “B-” or better.
- 2 credit hours of Master’s Project.
- 6 credit hours (one academic year) of Intervention Practicum and Seminar.
- Satisfactory completion of Master’s Project.
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
- Successful completion of the first year and Master’s Intervention Clinical Evaluation Conference (CEC).
- Completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration.
Students enrolled in the master’s degree program are required to complete all graduation requirements within five years of the date of matriculation.
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 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 publications in various journals such as the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, the New School Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Interdiscplinary Studies, as well as presentations at various conferences including the American Psychological Association, the Society of Personality Assessment, and the American Psychiatric Association.
- Anderson, R. M., & Melnic, Y. K. (2013). Cybernetics, genetic engineering, and the future of psychotherapy. Journal of Interdiscplinary Studies, 25, 1/2, 39-53.
- Valenti, M., Omizo, M., & Mehl-Madrona, L. (2011). Personality and obese body mass index. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 9(1), 56-60.
- Valenti, M. P., Omizo, M. M., & Arellano, A. (2013, March). Personality variables and obesity. Paper presented at the annual Society of Personality Assessment Conference, San Diego, CA.
Arellano, A., & Omizo, M.M. (2013, October). Gila in peril: The neurotoxic effects of anti-psychotic medication on the brain. Paper presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Keaney, M., Imada, K., Cisneros, J., Ignacio, L., & Omizo, M. (2014, October). Emotional attachment and relationship satisfaction among gay men. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Cisneros, J, Keaney, M., Imada, Ignacio, L, & Omizo, M. (2014, October). Intravenous drug users: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Gullu-McPhee, S, Ignacio, L, Omizo, M., Imada, K., Keaney, M., & Cisneros, J. (2014 October). Emotional attachment and relationship satisfaction among lesbians and gay men. Paper presented at the annual American Psychiatric Association Institute, San Francisco, CA.
- Hansia, Y. S., Awana, Y., & Lowe, S. (2013, August). South Asian Americans and the process of arranged marriage. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Awana, Y. N., & Pacheco III, E. (2012, October). Spirituality: It’s what you make it! Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Awana, Y. N., Davis, F., Johnson, S., Pacheco III, E., & Park, C. L. (2010, October). Transpersonal vision: Celebrating the love within. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Lelie, N. Y., Lelie, A. J., Anderson Jr., R. M. (2014, October). Current assessment and treatment of sport concussions: A summary of the literature. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- Hamada, J. N., & Anderson Jr., R. M. (2014, October). The phenomenological self, working memory, and the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia: A theoretical integration. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.