Master of Arts Curriculum

At the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Psychology program curriculum is constructed to help you build a strong clinical orientation with an emphasis in psychological assessment.

The MA program is designed to meet the needs of both those students seeking a terminal degree at the master’s level as well as those who eventually plan to pursue a doctoral degree. The terminal master’s degree is not, however, license-eligible in the state of Florida.

Course Listing

The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 50 semester credit hours, distributed as follows: core course requirements, 36 credit hours; elective requirements, 6 credit hours; professionalization group requirements, 2 credit hours; and practicum and practicum seminar requirements, 6 credit hours. Matriculated students must complete all course requirements in an in-residence format.

Core Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program are required to complete the courses listed below (36 credit hours) to fulfill the core course requirements.

Students Are required to take six credits from the following:

  • PP 7010 - Lifespan Development (3)
  • PP 7100 - Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and Law (3) *
  • PP 7310 - Theories of Psychopathology (3)
  • PP 7311 - Diagnostic Psychopathology (3)
  • PP 7365 - Clinical Interviewing (3)
  • PP 7340 - Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations (1.5)
  • PP 7344 - Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations II (1.5)
  • PP 7370 - Cognitive Assessment (3)
  • PP 7371 - Objective Personality Assessment (3)
  • PP 7372 - Projective Personality Assessment (3)
  • PP 7373 - Integrative Assessment (3)
  • PP 8038 - Interventions I (3)
  • PP 8039 - Interventions II (3)

Core Course Requirements—36 Credit Hours

* This 3 credit hour course is divided into two 1.5 credit hour segments which must be taken consecutively in the fall and spring semesters.

Elective Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program are required to complete 6 credit hours of elective courses.

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7000 - History and Systems (3)
  • PP 7040 - Cognition and Affective Processes (3)
  • PP 7050 - Physiological Psychology (3)
  • PP 7060 - Social Psychology (3)
  • PP 7200 - Statistics and Research I (3)
  • PP 7206 - Statistics, Research, and Psychometrics (3)
  • PP 7330 - Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3)
  • PP 7360 - Clinical Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PP 8103 - Family and Couples Assessment (3)
  • PP 8622 - Survey of Forensic Psychology (3)
  • PP 8650 - Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (3)
  • PP 8670 - Human Sexuality (3)
  • PP 8701 - Geriatric Assessment/Introduction to Neuropsychological Screening (3)
  • PP 8705 - Child Assessment (3)
  • PP 8950 - Special Topics (1.5)*

Elective Requirements—6 Credit Hours

*Options for Special Topics courses are as follows: Child Interviewing, Twelve Therapeutic Techniques to Master, Object Relations-Oriented Psychotherapy, Death and Dying, Parent Consultation, and Working with Individuals with Disabilities.

Professionalization Group Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program are required to complete two semesters of Professionalization Group as listed below (2 credit hours).

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

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program are required to complete two practicum courses as listed below (6 credit hours) to fulfill the Practicum and Practicum Seminar requirements.

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 8208 - Diagnostic Practicum and Seminar I (3)
  • PP 8209 - Diagnostic Practicum and Seminar II (3)

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements — 6 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree, the student must fulfill the degree requirements. Graduation requirements include:

  • Successful completion of 50 semester credit hours
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 with no grades below “B-”
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Diagnostic (CCE-D)
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
  • Fulfillment of all financial obligations to Argosy University

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.

The Clinical Research Project (CRP)

As a student, you’ll begin work on your Clinical Research Project (CRP) following formal training in research methods and statistical analysis, provided through a required semester-long course as well as a seminar designed to help you develop a CRP proposal. While working on your CRP, you’ll also be taking another required semester-long course in statistical analysis. 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:

  • Bates, K., Scally, M., & Heneka, E. (2011, May). Interpersonal indicators on the Rorschach: Areas of assessment and implications for treatment of couples & families. Paper presented at the Families and Couples: Facets, Facts, and Function Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Bates, K., Scally, M., Griffith, B., & Crawford, V. (2012, July). Identifying strengths, vulnerabilities, and areas for intervention in Couples: An integrated assessment approach. Paper presented at the Second Annual Families and Couples Conference: Contemporary Perspectives. Tampa, FL.
  • Bates, K., Monteverde, A., & NeJame, J. (2013, June). The influence of individual, peer, and family factors on child adjustment: An integrated case study. Paper presented at the Third Annual Families and Couples Conference: Understanding the Modern Family. Tampa, FL.
  • Costas, L. & Torres, E. (2009) Participants in a basic microskills training video in Spanish (Las habilidades atencionales básicas: Pilares fundamentales de la comunicación efectiva, Part 1.) Published training video. Written by Allen E. Ivey, Mary Bradford Ivey, Norma B. Gluckstern-Packard & Carlos Zalaquett.
  • Elsayed, S., & Lengnick, T. (2011, March). Rorschach multimedia scoring trainer. Provided content review and consultation on the Scoring Trainer program, which was presented at the Society for Personality Assessment Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (FSPP Alumni)
  • Howell, G., Kazmerski, C., & Martin, S. (January 2015). Liberty and justice for some: Addressing the need for advocacy and better treatment for transgender and gender nonconforming inmates. Symposium accepted for the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Howell, G., Dixon, P., & Durban, H. (January 2015). Reflecting inward: Increasing our cultural competence to better serve others. Skill building workshop accepted for the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Howell, G., Dixon, P., Beegen, T., Bowman, L., & Gonsiorek, J. (August 2014). LGBTQ Youth and the Foster Care System. Provided a 2 CE symposium at the Annual American Psychological Association 2014 Convention. Washington, DC.
  • Howell, G., Martin, S., & Eichsteadt, K. (August 2014). Standard Practice Guidelines Needed for Normative Sample Selection for Gender Variant Populations. Poster presentation at the annual convention American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.
  • O’Brien, S., & Zucchi, J. (2014, June). Dissecting defiance: Etiologies and interventions. Presented at the 4th Annual Families and Couples Conference, Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Tampa, FL.
  • Rotondo, T., & Bates, K. (2014, June). The neuropsychological correlates of bipolar disorder and implications for family treatment. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Families and Couples Conference: The Systemic Perspective: Creative Approaches in the 21st Century. Tampa, FL.