Clinical Psychology: MA Degree Program

Whether you’re seeking a terminal degree at the master's level or plan to pursue your doctoral degree, the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program is designed to provide you with a strong clinical foundation. Our classes can help you develop an understanding of the science of psychology, while teaching you the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed to become an effective member of a mental health or social service team. This program also offers comprehensive preparation if you plan to apply to our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program.

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Program Goals and Objectives

The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program at the American School of Professional Psychology–at Argosy University | San Francisco has the following goals and objectives.

Goal 1

Entry-level preparation of practitioners of psychology who are able to provide therapies and diagnostic assessments that are evidence based, ethically appropriate, and sensitive to diversity factors.

  • Objective 1.1: Students will demonstrate entry-level competency in case conceptualization and DSM diagnosis which are based on the foundational aspects of clinical psychology including psychopathology and individual differences.
  • Objective 1.2: Students will demonstrate basic competency to consider cultural and individual differences, and how those factors affect treatment and assessment.
  • Objective 1.3: Students will demonstrate entry-level competency in their ability to practice psychology that is consistent with both ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Objective 1.4: Students will demonstrate entry-level competency in at least two theoretical orientations and therapeutic techniques as well as develop competency in basic relationship skills.
  • Objective 1.5: Graduates will engage at the entry level in the practice of psychology consistent with their training, including enrollment in a doctoral clinical psychology program.

Goal 2

Entry-level preparation of practitioners of psychology who possess basic knowledge of the scientific bases of psychology which include biological, cognitive, affective, historical, developmental, and social aspects of human behavior.

  • Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the current body of literature in at least two of the bases of human functioning, and the historical and philosophical context of psychology.

Goal 3

Entry-level preparation of practitioners of psychology who are able to evaluate and utilize the existing and evolving body of knowledge and the scientific method of psychology to enhance applications of psychology.

  • Objective 3.1: Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of research methodologies and the application of statistical tests for data analysis in the science and practice of psychology.
  • Objective 3.2: Students will demonstrate the basic ability to evaluate the existing theoretical and research literature in psychology. This includes the entry-level ability to articulate a clinical question and critically evaluate and synthesize the relevant theoretical, clinical, and research literature.
  • Objective 3.3: Graduates will be able to evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the entry-level practice and science of psychology as demonstrated by attending educational and professional meetings, subscribing to professionals journals, and presenting or publishing scholarly work.

Goal 4

To prepare entry-level practitioners of psychology who are capable of entering into the expanding roles of psychology.

  • Objective 4.1: Students will demonstrate the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to succeed in the expanding roles of psychology.