Degree Requirements

Psychology Degree Requirements

Admission as a graduate student in psychology is contingent upon an academic foundation in the discipline of psychology. This foundation can be demonstrated by the successful completion (a grade of B or better) of at least a three credit course in each, General Psychology and Statistical/Experimental Design, or other course offerings as determined by the program director.

Three degree options are available to graduate psychology students: Master of Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology and Master of Psychology with clinical concentration. The Master of Psychology with clinical concentration is the recommended degree program for those seeking licensed professional counselor accreditation. The degree options and credit requirements for each are listed below.

Master of Psychology: 30 credit hours

Course work: 30 credit hours 

Graduate Psychology Core: 12 credit hours

  • 6311 Phenomenological Foundations of Psychology
  • 6333 Foundations of Qualitative Research
  • 5322 Lifespan Development
  • 7331 Historical Foundations of Depth Psychology

Electives: 18 credit hours

  • PSY offerings 5311and above 

Master of Arts in Psychology: 48 credit hours 

Course work: 42 credit hours 

Graduate Psychology Core: 12 credit hours

  • 6311 Phenomenological Foundations of Psychology
  • 6333 Foundations of Qualitative Research
  • 5322 Lifespan Development
  • 7331 Historical Foundations of Depth Psychology

Electives: 30 credit hours

  • PSY offerings 5311and above 

Thesis: 6 credit hours 

The thesis requirement comprises 6 credit hours.

Foreign language requirement

The candidate must demonstrate reading competency in a foreign language. The requirement may be met by completing an upper level language course with a grade of B or better, or by passing an examination in translation.

Master of Psychology with Clinical Concentration: 60 credit hours

Graduate Psychology Core: 12 credit hours

  • 6311 Phenomenological Foundations of Psychology
  • 6333 Foundations of Qualitative Research [LPC requirement, research]
  • 5322 Lifespan Development [LPC requirement, normal development]
  • 7331 Historical Foundations of Depth Psychology

Pre-Practicum: 12 credit hours

  • 5323 Professional Practice Ethics I  [LPC requirement, professional orientation]
  • 6321 Introduction to Counseling Techniques 
  • 6355 Psychopathology [LPC requirement, abnormal human behavior]
  • 6324 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy [LPC requirement, counseling theories]

Additional LPC Required Areas: 24 credit hours 

  • Appraisal or assessment techniques; Choose one:
    • 7321 Cognitive Assessment
    • 7322 Psychodynamic Assessment
    • 7366 Rorschach
  • 6330 Principles of Therapeutic Practice
  • 6325 Principles of Group Counseling
  • 7340 Lifestyle and Career Development 
  • Social, cultural and family issues; Choose one:
    • 6338 Social Psychology
    • 5337 Cultural and Multicultural Studies
  • 7311 Existential and Psychodynamic Approaches to Psychopathology
  • 6326 Addictions Counseling
  • 5373 Professional Practice Ethics II 

Electives: 5 credit hours 

PSY or other approved offerings 5311 and above  

Practicum: 7 credit hours 

Practicum – 6 credit hours

The practicum requirement includes 300 supervised hours (1 credit hour per 50 documented supervised hours), to be completed in accordance with the Practicum Handbook. 

6157 Group Consultation for Practicum – 1 credit hour

Students registered for practicum are also required to take PSY 6157 (1 credit hour) at least one term concurrently with practicum. 

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