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.

Assessment Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7370 - Cognitive Assessment (3)
  • PP 7371 - Objective Personality Assessment (3)

Assessment Requirements—6 Credit Hours

Clinical Intervention and Psychotherapy Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7340 - Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations (3)
  • PP 8020 - Person-Centered and Experiential Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8036 - Basic Assessment and Intervention Skills (3)

Students choose three from the following:

  • PP 8010 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8030 - Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8050 - Family and Couples Therapy (3)
  • PP 8060 - Group Psychotherapy (3)

Clinical Intervention and Psychotherapy Requirements—18 Credit Hours

Consultation and Supervision Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7350 - Consultation and Supervision (3)

Consultation and Supervision Requirements—3 Credit Hours

Ethics and Professional Conduct Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7100 - Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and Law (3)
  • PP 7110 - Professionalization Group I (1)
  • PP 7111 - Professionalization Group II (1)

Ethics and Professional Conduct Requirements—5 Credit Hours

Human Development Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7010 - Lifespan Development (3)

Human Development Requirements—3 Credit Hours

Psychopathology Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7330 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3)
  • PP 7501 - Adult Psychopathology (3)

Psychopathology Requirements—6 Credit Hours

Statistics and Research Methods Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7200 - Statistics and Research I (3)

Statistics and Research Methods Requirements—3 Credit Hours

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

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

Practicum and Practicum Seminar 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.