Clinical Psychology M.S.

Total Semester Credit Hours = 60

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, with Licensed Psychologists in private practice, or after 3000 hours of supervision, in independent practice with a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) license.

Clinical psychology students may complete a general program of study in clinical psychology or may choose a specialization in neuropsychology.

Students seeking admission to the Clinical Psychology degree program should have completed the following undergraduate prerequisites: Psychological Statistics, Research Methods/experimental psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. 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 M.S. in Clinical Psychology qualifies students to take the exam for a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. An LPA license requires practicing under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist. To practice independently, an LPA must complete an additional 3000 hours of supervised practice after receiving his or her degree and initial LPA license. Licensure also requires passage of the EPPP and Jurisprudence exam.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in Clinical Psychology, the individual must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  2. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. 
  3. Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores obtained within the last five years. 
  4. Submit a Department Information Sheet which includes a Statement of Purpose.
  5. Submit three (3) Evaluations of Academic Potential forms.
  6. Complete the background check. 
  7. If proof of English proficiency is required, the program has the following requirements: 
    1. The minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores are 560 on the paper and pencil test, 220 on the computer-based test, or 87 on the internet-based test (TOEFL/IBT), or overall band score of 7.0 (IELTS) with 6.5 or greater in each subsection. TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for only two years.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours = 60

Foundation Courses (48 hrs.)

All clinical psychology students are required to complete a foundation of 48 credit hours as follows:

PSYC 5308Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis

PSYC 5312Counseling Theories

PSYC 5328Issues and Professional Ethics

PSYC 5340Advanced Psychological Statistics and Design

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 5397Advanced Supervised Practicum in Psychology

PSYC 5398Research Seminar

PSYC 5320Advanced Human Growth and Development

PSYC 5345Group Counseling and Therapy

COUN 5324Cultural Diversity and Advocacy

NOTE:  Recommend first semester courses -  PSYC 5308, PSYC 5312, PSYC 5328

NOTE:  PSYC 5396 and PSYC 5397 - 225 hours on site, 125 direct

Biological Bases of Behavior - NEURO

PSYC 5350Clinical Neuropsychology

Biological Bases of Behavior - GENERAL CHOOSE ONE

PSYC 5350Clinical Neuropsychology

PSYC 5352Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 5354Psychopharmacology

General Program of Study in Clinical Psychology

Students who wish to complete the general program of study in clinical psychology may choose 12 SCH of Psychology and Counseling electives.

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

Neuropsychology Specialization (12 hrs.)

Students who choose to complete the neuropsychology specialization must include the following courses:
PSYC 5356Neuropsychological Assessment of Memory

PSYC 5358Neuropsychological Assessment: Fixed Battery

PSYC 5359Flexible Neuropsychological Battery

Elective (3 hrs.)