Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

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 internship, the student is provided the opportunity to administer psychological tests and use various techniques of counseling and psychotherapy, behavior therapy and biofeedback. Students who complete all requirements in the clinical area, and who become licensed, often work in psychiatric hospitals, in mental health centers, or with doctorate-level psychologists in private practice.

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 a clinical psychology emphasis. The clinical neuropsychology specialization 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 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. 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 with school psychology training.

Students seeking admission to the clinical psychology degree programs should consult the psychology graduate advisor or should have completed the following undergraduate prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, Psychological Statistics and Laboratory, Experimental Psychology and Laboratory, Learning and Conditioning, Tests and Measurement, Physiological Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. Additionally, students seeking the specialization Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology, should complete Psychopharmacology.

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degree programs requires 60 credit hours of course work. 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 licensing exam for certification as a Licensed Psychological Associate (L.P.A.) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. However, following consultation with the Senior Graduate Advisor in Psychology, substitutions in course work or modest additions of course work may qualify graduates also for the licensing exam to become a 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. 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 an educational setting.