Master of Arts Curriculum

Our curriculum is design to help you learn the necessary theoretical and clinical elements that will allow you to become an effective member of a mental health team. Additionally, you’ll find that our program offers excellent preparation for those considering applying to the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree program.

The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program can be completed in as little as 2 years, but must be completed within 5 years.

Course Listing

Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University are required to satisfactorily complete 50 semester credit hours distributed as follows: assessment requirements, 6 credit hours; clinical intervention and psychotherapy requirements, 18 credit hours; consultation and supervision requirements, 3 credit hours; ethics and professional conduct requirements, 5 credit hours; human development requirements, 3 credit hours; psychopathology requirements, 6 credit hours; statistics and research methods requirements, 3 credit hours; and practicum and practicum seminar requirements, 6 credit hours.

Scientific Foundations Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7010 - Lifespan Development (3)
  • PP 7200 - Statistics and Research I (3)
  • PP 7230 - Psychometric Theory (3)

Scientific Foundations Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

Psychopathology Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7300 - Psychopathology I (3)
  • PP 7301 - Psychopathology II (3)
  • PP 7330 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3)

Psychopathology Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

Assessment Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7370 - Cognitive Assessment (3)
  • PP 7373 - Integrative Assessment (2)
  • PP 7520 - Personality Assessment (4)

Assessment Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

Interventions Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7365- Clinical Interviewing (3)
  • PP 8010- Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8039- Interventions II (3)

Interventions Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

Diversity Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7340- Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations (3)

Diversity Requirements — 3 Credit Hours

Ethics Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7100- Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and Law (3)

Ethics Requirements — 3 Credit Hours

Professionalization Group Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7110- Professionalization Group I (1)
  • PP 7111- Professionalization Group II (1)

Professionalization Group Requirements — 2 Credit Hours

Integrative Paper Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 6011- Integrative Paper (1)

Integrative Paper Requirements — 1 Credit Hour

Practicum Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

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

Practicum Requirements — 6 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students who are admitted into the MA in Clinical Psychology 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.

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 credit hours must include:
    • 44 credit hours of required courses
    • 6 credit hours of practicum and practicum seminar
  • Passing grades (“CR”) for Practicum I and II, and Professionalization I and II
  • GPA 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 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 the first year of the program, 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.

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 collaborations include:

  • Benson-Flórez, G. S., & Martinez, A. (2014, August). Spanish speaking group therapy for Latino parents. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
  • Spezzacatena, C.D., Butaney, B., & Wechsler, F. (2014, August)Effort as a mediator between learned helplessness and neuropsychological performance tasks. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Lewis, D., Wechsler, F., Sideman, L., & Clemente, L. (Eds.) (2007). The Arizona sourcebook: Ethics and law for Arizona psychologists. Woodstock Academic Press & interactive web project (http: www.azpsychologist.com)
  • Belanger, S. B., Wechsler, F., Nademin, M. E., & Virden, T. B. (2010). Predicting outcome of gastric bypass surgery utilizing personality scale elevations, psychosocial factors, and diagnostic group membership. Obesity Surgery, 20(10), 1361-71. Doi: 10.1007/s11695-009-9866.
  • Tomak, C., Wechsler, F., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Virden, T.,& Nademin, E. (2009). An empirical study of the personality characteristics of internet sex offenders. The Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15(2), 139-148.
  • Bushnell, M., Wechsler, F., Amin, K., & Barry, P. (2005). The accuracy of the CRBRISC in comparison to the MMSE for a geriatric population. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20 (7), 855-856.
  • Wechsler, F., Lewis, D., Matusen, D., & Dodani, S. (2012, April). Internship as the capstone experience; One state’s experience with licensure at graduation. Presented at the APPIC Annual Membership Meeting and Conference. Tempe, AZ.