Clinical Psychology: MA Degree Program

The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program is designed to meet the needs of both those students seeking a terminal degree at the master’s level and those who eventually plan to pursue a doctoral degree. The master’s degree program is designed to provide students a strong clinical orientation as well as an emphasis in psychological assessment. Students also receive an introduction to scientific methodology and the bases of scientific psychology.

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Program Goals and Objectives

Specific goals and objectives of the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University| Northern Virginia include:

Goal 1

Entry-level preparation of practitioners of psychology capable of ethically delivering diagnostic and therapeutic services effectively to diverse populations of clients in need of such treatment.

  • Objective 1.1: Students will know the current body of knowledge in applied areas of psychology that serve as foundations for clinical practice or as a bases for entry into a doctoral program.
  • Objective 1.2: Students will learn to value diversity (broadly defined as issues related to gender, age, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, physical ability, and social economic status) and be able to work effectively with diverse clients.
  • Objective 1.3: Students will gain an entry- level understanding of the principles of assessment as well as understand and competently use specific techniques.
  • Objective 1.4: Students will develop a competency in at least two theoretical orientations and be able to apply therapeutic techniques derived from these orientations to clients. Additionally, students know how to monitor their professional activities and guide their actions in accordance to the profession's ethical standards.

Goal 2

Entry-level preparation of practitioners of psychology who understand the bases of scientific psychology.

  • Objective 2.1: Students will know the current body of knowledge in developmental psychology and at least one other bases of human functioning (e.g., including biological aspects of behavior, cognitive/affective aspects of behavior, and historical and philosophical context of psychology).

Goal 3

Entry-level preparation of practitioners of psychology who are able to evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology to enhance applications of psychology.

  • Objective 3.1: Students demonstrate an entry-level proficiency in being able to critically evaluate the existing theoretical and research literature in psychology.

Goal 4

Graduates will, at an entry-level, evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology to enhance their practice.