Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to produce Master's-level practitioners who are qualified to sit for licensure as Psychological Associates (LPA) by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.  As such, the program is designed to produce effective practitioners and also prepares students for further graduate study and/or junior college teaching. The program provides 450 hours of supervised practicum experience and equips students with applied skills in psychometrics and professional intervention.  With additional course work and work experience, graduates may also be eligible to sit for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Texas.

There are both thesis and non-thesis options.


Admissions

Students applying for admission to the M.A. in Clinical Psychology should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution
  4. Personal statement
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Official GRE scores
  7. Official score report of the Advanced Psychology Test of the GRE (Recommended but not required)

Students should have a minimum of 18 hours of undergraduate psychology courses, including courses in psychology Research Methods and psychology Statistics, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Ordinarily, the most useful letters of recommendation come from university faculty who are able to describe the applicant’s potential for success in graduate study. The Department does not use a recommendation form but rather asks referees to send letters on their own letterhead. Please submit all documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 2478 SHSU
Huntsville, TX 77341-2478

Students admitted to the Master’s programs in Psychology at SHSU have average undergraduate GPAs in excess of 3.6 and percentile ranks in excess of the 55th percentile for both the verbal and quantitative sections. Those whose scores are not that high still may wish to apply. We recognize that students do not always demonstrate their potential for professional success through such traditional criteria. We seek promising students from all backgrounds who will enhance our program and, later, professional psychology. High test scores and grades do not guarantee acceptance, and students whose lower scores are offset by other exceptional qualifications may be admitted. In any case, all applications must be complete (with transcripts, GRE scores, letters, and a personal statement of interests and goals) before any admission decision is made.

Students are admitted each fall and are expected to begin their studies during the fall semester. The application deadline for admission is February 15. Complete applications are evaluated immediately after the deadline and offers of admission are made as quickly as possible. Please note that several of our admission requirements, policies, and deadlines differ from those of other programs at SHSU.

Inquiries about the Psychology Master’s programs may be directed to:

Dr. Diane Stoebner-May
Coordinator of Psychology Master’s Study
Department of Psychology and Philosophy
Sam Houston State University
Box 2447
Huntsville, TX 77341-2447
Telephone: (936) 294-2434
Email: dxs011@shsu.edu

Information and materials are also available at http://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/GradMA.html.


Degree Requirements

Plan 1 - MA in Psychology-Clinical Psychology (Non-thesis)

Master of Arts in Psychology-Clinical Psychology (Non-thesis Option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (27 credit hours)
PSYC 5387 Advanced Statistics 3
PSYC 5333 Theory and Research in Psychotherapy I 3
PSYC 5330 Psychopathology 3
PSYC 5394 Psychometrics 3
PSYC 5395 Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement 3
PSYC 5396 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6391 Practicum I 3
PSYC 6392 Practicum II 3
PSYC 6393 Practicum III 3
Restricted Elective (3 credit hours) Choose one from:
PSYC 5332 Advanced Social Psychology 3
PSYC 5397 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
Restricted Elective (3 credit hours) Choose one from:
PSYC 5380 Advanced Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 5380 Advanced Learning Theory 3
PSYC 5336 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3
Restricted Electives (9 credit hours) Choose three from:
PSYC 5334 Theory and Research in Psychotherapy II 3
PSYC 5339 Advanced School Psychology 3
PSYC 5361 Neuropsychopharmacology 3
PSYC 5381 Advanced Learning Theory 3
PSYC 5382 Advanced Industrial / Organizational Psychology 3
PSYC 5398 Advanced Child Assessment 3
PSYC 6394 Practicum in Psychometrics 3
Electives (6 credit hours) Choose two from:
Graduate courses in an approved field 6
Total Credit Hours 48

Plan 2 - MA in Psychology-Clinical Psychology (Thesis)

Master of Arts in Psychology-Clinical Psychology (Thesis Option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (27 credit hours)
PSYC 5387 Advanced Statistics 3
PSYC 5333 Theory and Research in Psychotherapy I 3
PSYC 5330 Psychopathology 3
PSYC 5394 Psychometrics 3
PSYC 5395 Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement 3
PSYC 5396 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6391 Practicum I 3
PSYC 6392 Practicum II 3
PSYC 6393 Practicum III 3
Restricted Elective (3 credit hours) Choose one from:
PSYC 5332 Advanced Social Psychology 3
PSYC 5397 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
Restricted Elective (3 credit hours) Choose one from:
PSYC 5360 Advanced Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 5381 Advanced Learning Theory 3
PSYC 5336 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3
Electives (6 credit hours) Choose two from:
Graduate courses in an apporved field 6
Thesis (6 credit hours)
PSYC 6098 Thesis I 3
PSYC 6099 Thesis II 3
Total 45

Courses

Psychology (PSYC)

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