Clinical Psychology M.S.

The clinical psychology program provides the opportunity for the student to understand, evaluate, and counsel persons with psychological problems, and to draw upon community resources for assistance in working with these persons. During completion of the M.S. degree and approved practicum, the student is provided the opportunity to administer psychological tests and use various techniques of counseling and psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy and other evidence-based practices. Students who complete all requirements in the clinical area, and who become licensed, often work in psychiatric hospitals, in mental health centers, or with Licensed Psychologists in private practice.

Clinical Psychology students may complete a general program of study in clinical psychology or may choose one of two specializations. A specialization in neuropsychology is available for graduate students completing the clinical psychology degree program. A clinical neuropsychology certificate program is also available for students with a master’s or doctoral degree who desire training in neuropsychology. The sequence of courses includes brain functioning and neuroanatomy, psychopharmacology, organic mental diseases, diagnosis and neuropsychological assessment. Upon successful completion of the 15 hour sequence, a certificate will be awarded.

The school psychology specialization provides the opportunity for the student to evaluate, counsel, prescribe and implement remedial procedures for students with behavioral, intellectual, and emotional problems in the public schools. Because of the broad scope of this program, graduates may not be limited to employment in school settings. Many community mental health centers and other service centers employ graduates in school psychology with appropriate licensing.

Students seeking admission to the clinical psychology degree programs should have completed the following undergraduate prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Research Methods, Learning and Conditioning, Tests and Measurement, Physiological Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. Additionally, students seeking the specialization Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology should complete undergraduate coursework in Psychopharmacology. Students lacking these program undergraduate pre-requisites should take them as soon as possible during their graduate program.

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degree program requires 60 credit hours of graduate course work, for either the general clinical or neuropsychology emphases. The specialization in School Psychology in the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degree program requires 66 credit hours of course work.

Certification and Licensure

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology can qualify students to take the exam for a Licensed Psychological Associate (L.P.A.) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. However, following consultation with their Faculty Advisor and/or the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in Psychology and Counseling, substitutions in course work or modest additions of course work may qualify graduates also for the licensing exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. For example, many M.S. alumni have the L.P.A. and the L.P.C. The L.P.C. also requires 3000 hours of supervised practice after the completion of the master’s degree.

Students who complete the School Psychology Specialization can qualify as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (L.S.S.P.) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, after passing the licensing exam. The L.S.S.P. requires a 1200-hour supervised internship in a public school, which is included in the School Psychology specialization degree plan.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours = 60-66

All clinical psychology students are required to complete a foundation of 39 credit hours (30 credit hours for School Psychology majors) as follows:

Foundation Courses (30-39 hrs.)

PSYC 5308Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis

PSYC 5312Counseling Theories

PSYC 5328Issues and Professional Ethics

PSYC 5340Advanced Psychological Statistics and Design

PSYC 5354Psychopharmacology

PSYC 5384Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Applications

PSYC 5366Assessment of Individual Mental Ability I

PSYC 5368Clinical Mental Health Assessment

PSYC 5392Applied Counseling Practice

PSYC 5393Applied Therapy

PSYC 5396Supervised Practicum in Psychology

PSYC 5397Supervised Practicum in Psychology

PSYC 5398Research Seminar

PSYC 5393 and PSYC 5397: Waived for students in School Psychology Specialization.

PSYC 5354: School Psychology Specialization majors may substitute PSYC 5350 Clinical Neuropsychology.

PSYC 5384: School Psychology Specialization majors substitute PSYC 5361: Behavior Modification

Students who wish to complete the general program of study in clinical psychology may choose their remaining hours from the graduate psychology and counseling courses listed in the course description section.

They should consult their faculty advisor and specify the courses in their degree plans.

Students who choose to complete a specialization must include the following courses, as appropriate, among their remaining hours.

Neuropsychology Specialization (21 hrs.)

PSYC 5350Clinical Neuropsychology

PSYC 5352Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 5356Neuropsychological Assessment of Memory

PSYC 5358Neuropsychological Assessment: Halstead-Reitan

PSYC 5359Flexible Neuropsychological Battery

6 elective hours with advisor approval

School Psychology Specialization (36 hrs.)

PSYC 5320Advanced Human Growth and Development

PSYC 5325School Psychology

PSYC 5326Psychological Consultation

PSYC 5330Counseling Children and Adolescents

PSYC 5345Group Processes

PSYC 5369Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents

PSYC 5388Supervised Internship in School Psychology

PSYC 5389Supervised Internship in School Psychology

COUN 5324Cultural Diversity and Advocacy

EDSP 5350Overview of Special Education (Birth -21)

EDUC 5352Curriculum Foundations

EDUC 5303Applied Learning Theories

Substitutions to meet individual needs and interests are possible with prior advisor approval.

Sequence of Classes

The courses which should be taken first are comprised of basic general, clinical and counseling courses that provide, in conjunction with the undergraduate prerequisite courses, the basis and foundation for the later applied courses. These courses for clinical psychology students include PSYC 5312 Counseling Theories, PSYC 5308 Advanced Psychopathology, PSYC 5328 Issues and Professional Ethics, PSYC 5340 Advanced Psychological Statistics and Design, and PSYC 5384 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.. Depending on their degree plan, students may take PSYC 5320 Advanced Study in Human Growth and Development, PSYC 5345 Group Processes, PSYC 5350 Clinical Neuropsychology, PSYC 5354 Psychopharmacology, PSYC 5366 Assessment of Mental Ability I, or other courses approved by their advisor. Consultation with the instructor of the course is often helpful to make sure that students have had appropriate prerequisites.

The applied courses are more specialized clinical applications and should be taken after the basic courses are taken. A student's formal degree plan (Clinical Psychology Degree Plan) with specific courses should be completed and approved/signed by their Faculty Advisor and the Graduate Admissions Coordinator before 12 semester hours are completed. Students in clinical psychology must successfully complete (with a grade of B or higher) PSYC 5392 Applied Counseling Practice and PSYC 5393 Applied Therapy prior to enrollment in PSYC 5396/PSYC 5397 Supervised Practicum in Psychology.