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 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.