M.A. or M.S in Clinical Psychology

Outstanding Features

  • Focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders
  • Yearlong clinical practicum placement providing psychological assessment and treatment of adults, children, and families
  • Clinical coursework in intellectual and personality assessment, individual adult and child psychotherapy, family therapy
  • Student offices within the Department of Psychology
  • One-to-one mentoring relationships between students and faculty
  • 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.

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
Clinical Master's Degree Curriculum

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 MSU 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. Read what alumni have said about the graduate program.


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