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Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology Admissions & Course Requirements, Argosy University - Seattle Campus

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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.**

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Admission Application fee*** (Non-refundable, except in Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the Admission application fee*** is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.).
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
  • Current résumé (or career summary).
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
Notes

* Admission to the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program does not guarantee admission to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program. Students wishing to apply to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program upon completion of the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program must meet the admissions requirements for the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program.

** Out of state applicants to Argosy University, Hawai'i may be given the opportunity to complete a telephone interview.

*** Beginning September 15, 2016, Argosy University will begin using Psychology Centralized Admissions System (PSYCAS). PSYCAS is a centralized application service supported by the American Psychological Association (APA) and Liaison International.  Instructions on how to use PSYCAS and how your admissions documents will be uploaded and delivered to PSYCAS for processing can be found in the application: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/. As a result, Argosy University will no longer charge an application fee. Students should create an account for free on the PYSCAS web site https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/. Creating an account is free; however there is a $50 fee to PSYCAS for the first application. If a student is applying to other programs utilizing PSYCAS for the admissions process, an additional $35 fee is charged for each additional application.

The third party PSYCAS fee is not included in the estimate above. On very rare occasions, applicants with grade point averages below the stated admission requirements may be considered. All admission exceptions must be documented, recommended by the program admissions committee, and approved by the program dean. 

Course List

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PP6010 - Lifespan Development
(3)

(3)

PP6021 - Person Centered/Experiential Theory and Therapy
(3)

(3)

PP6100 - Ethics and Professional Issues
(3)

(3)

PP6101 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy: Theory and Skills
(3)

(3)

PP6160 - Working with Diverse Populations
(3)

(3)

PP6200 - Statistical Procedures and Design
(3)

(3)

PP6310 - Psychopathology I
(3)

(3)

PP6311 - Psychopathology II
(3)

(3)

PP6450 - Foundations of Clinical Interventions
(3)

(3)

PP6650 - Working With Substance Use Disorders
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—30 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements—Students Choose 12 credit hours from the Following
PP6001 - Individual Assessment
(3)

(3)

PP6015 - Narrative Psychotherapy
(3)

(3)

PP6045 - Psychopathology
(3)

(3)

PP6051 - Introduction to Physiological Psychology
(3)

(3)

PP6060 - Group Therapy
(3)

(3)

PP6161 - Working with LGBTQI Issues in Psychotherapy
(3)

(3)

PP6175 - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapies
(3)

(3)

PP6359 - Introduction to Psychopharmacology
(3)

(3)

PP6452 - Motivational Interviewing
(3)

(3)

PP6612 - Attachment Theory
(2) or (3)

(2) or (3)

PP6753 - Medical Terminology
(2) or (3)

(2) or (3)

PP6950 - Special Topics
(3)

(3)

Elective Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Professionalization Group Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PP6401 - Professionalization Group I
(1)

(1)

PP6402 - Professionalization Group II
(1)

(1)

Professionalization Group Requirements—2 Credit Hours

 

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PP6201 - Master's Practicum I
(3)

(3)

PP6202 - Master's Practicum II
(3)

(3)

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Psychotherapy Competency Exam Requirements

The Psychotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) is the integrating final project for the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program and is generally completed near the end of practicum. The exam involves an evaluation of the student's competency in the areas of psychological case formulation, clinical reasoning, and psychotherapy skills. Information regarding the PCE is distributed to students during practicum seminar, is available in the commons, or may be requested from the director of Clinical Training.

Practicum and Practicum Seminars Requirements

The goal of the practicum at the master's level is to train students in the application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed by their academic experience. This experience includes the direct observation, interviewing, and treatment of clients. Certain sites also afford some students with the opportunity of limited exposure to psychological testing procedures.

The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program practicum stresses therapeutic intervention. Because there is such a wide range of therapy experience available, students should not expect to experience the total spectrum of therapies during the practicum.

The practicum is the first opportunity provided to students for clinical field training. Practicum is designed to provide students with opportunities to work under supervision with a clinical population within a mental health delivery system and is a non-paid position. The practicum is designed to provide an essential part of clinical training and all students are required to participate in the practicum experience. Liability insurance is included in the cost of the practicum.

A practicum may not be done in a student's place of employment, nor can practicum credit hours be waived or transferred. Students who come to Argosy University, Seattle with extensive clinical backgrounds are encouraged to pursue placement in practicum sites in areas where they have an interest and do not have previous experience.

Additional information about practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook, available in the commons or from the director of Clinical Training.

Practicum Information


It should be noted that any or all educational information in the custody of Argosy University, Seattle, its faculty or staff, which is relevant to a student's performance or enrollment status at Argosy University, Seattle, may be shared by the director of Clinical Training, practicum instructors; head, or campus president, Argosy University, Seattle with a practicum site supervisor prior to, during, or after the completion of a practicum.
 

Course/Credit Transfer

Transfer of Courses/Credit to the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Degree Program from other Institutions


Similar to other institutions offering graduate degrees, Argosy University, Seattle does not automatically transfer credit hours from graduate courses taken at other institutions. Students seeking transfer credit hours or waiver of graduate courses taken elsewhere may petition to have these courses apply toward the master's degree program.

For a course to be considered eligible for a transfer, the following conditions must be met:

  • The course must have been taken no more than five years before the student's entry into  Argosy University, Seattle.
  • The course must have been a graduate-level course, taken for graduate-level credit at a regionally accredited college or university. In the case of institutions outside the United States, the appropriate state or national accreditation is required.
  • Any course submitted towards a transfer of a 3-semester credit hour course must have itself carried 3 or more graduate semester credit hours.
  • A student must have earned a grade of "B" or better on any course submitted for a transfer.
  • A maximum of five courses (15 credit hours) may be transferred towards the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program.
  • The school does not accept any credit hours earned as military credit, credit by examination, credit by correspondence, credit for life experience, or graduate credit from non-accredited schools. Any student who desires to submit a course for transfer review should notify the Student Services Department and obtain the appropriate transfer request form. This form should be completed and returned to the Student Services Department. Requests must be made in writing. Transfer requests may be submitted any time during the admission process until the end of the first year of matriculation. Transfers are not officially granted until a student is officially accepted.

Students petitioning for transfer are requested to provide course descriptions, syllabi, exams, diagnostic test protocols and write-ups. Transfers are granted by the faculty if there is substantive evidence of equivalence between the course submitted for transfer and the course as it is offered at Argosy University, Seattle.
 

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