M.A. or M.S in Clinical Psychology

Outstanding Features

  • Focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders
  • Yearlong clinical practicum (600 hours) providing psychological assessment and treatment of adults, children, and families
  • Clinical coursework in intellectual and personality assessment, individual adult and child psychotherapy, and couples and family therapy
  • One-to-one supervision by licensed psychologists in the Department of Psychology
  • Student offices housed within the Department of Psychology
  • Graduate assistantships available

Your kind of program

The clinical program provides students with the very best in graduate instruction both in and outside of formal classroom settings. The program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology Accreditation Council and is a member of the Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology and prepares students for certification to practice psychology. Graduates receive training that enables them to work in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, comprehensive care centers, and schools. Some graduates also choose to teach at two year academic institutions. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on the many exciting research projects being conducted in the department. In addition, the department's Psychological Center provides hands-on training for graduate students in the clinical psychology program. Read what alumni have said about the graduate program.

About the program

The clinical program is based on the philosophy that the master's degree is first and foremost a degree in psychology and that students should achieve a broad base of knowledge in the field. Thus, students take five psychological foundations courses which prepare the graduate to enter the field of psychology and also provide the general psychology courses required by state licensing boards. Clinical students also receive intensive instruction in psychodiagnostics, which emphasizes the administration, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of intelligence and personality tests. The psychotherapy curriculum is primarily cognitive-behavioral in nature although a variety of techniques and orientations are presented. Students learn how best to conduct psychotherapy with adults, children, families, and couples. Students are expected to participate in the conduct of research, and a master's thesis is required.

Admission Requirements

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Curriculum: M.A. or M.S. in Clinical Psychology

CIP 42.2801
ACCREDITED BY: Master's in Psychology Accreditation Council
MEMBER OF: Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology

THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Course Requirements...................................... 49 hours

Foundations of Behavior

PSY 620 Graduate Seminar in Professional and Ethical Issues
PSY 621 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 622 Cognitive Bases of Behavior
PSY 623 Social Bases of Behavior
PSY 624 Developmental Bases of Behavior

Clinical Foundations
PSY 645 Clinical Measurement and Evaluation I
PSY 664 Psychopathology
PSY 665 Clinical Measurement and Evaluation II
PSY 667 Practicum in Psychology (6 hrs)
PSY 670 Psychotherapeutic Procedures
Two of the following courses:
PSY 671 Behavior Therapy
PSY 672 Family Therapy
PSY 682 Child Clinical Psychology
PSY 686 Group Psychotherapy Techniques

Research Foundations
PSY 651 Correlational Research and Design Statistics
PSY 652 Univariate Research Design and Statistics
PSY 698 & PSY 699 Thesis

Other Degree Requirements

  • Comprehensive examination over the course work.
  • Oral defense and examination of the thesis.
  • For the Master of Arts only, competency in an approved foreign language.

The listed requirements provide an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Murray State Bulletin applicable at the time of the student's enrollment.

Clinical Practicum

To gain experience conducting therapy and psychological evaluations, a supervised two-semester, 600-hour clinical practicum is required. Clinical psychology students serve their practica at the Murray State Psychological Center, an on-campus treatment center that provides therapy and assessments for children, adults and families from the community as well as for university students and staff. In addition to gaining experience conducting therapy and assessments, our clinical graduate students receive 2-1/2 hours per week of supervision with our Ph.D. licensed clinical psychologists. This allows for a fine-tuning of clinical skills as well as an added assurance that the clinician is providing the best and most ethical services to the Center's clients. Clinicians who have graduated from our program often comment that the Murray State clinical practicum left them better prepared than their peers, who graduated from other institutions, for work in the field of psychology.

For more information contact:

Graduate Coordinator
Clinical Psychology Master's Program
Department of Psychology
Murray State University
401 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318
Phone: 270.809.2504
Fax: 270.809.2992
E-mail: lliljequist@murraystate.edu