M.A. Clinical Program
The Clinical M.A. Program is designed to prepare students either to work in applied settings as psychological associates or professional counselors, or to continue to clinical Ph.D. programs.
The M.A. in Clinical Psychology curriculum requires the completion of 45 credit hours including 18 hours of required coursework, 18 hours of elective coursework, 3 hours of internship, and 6 hours of thesis.
The program offers three tracks for students depending on their academic and career goals. The core M.A. in Clinical Psychology curriculum is the PhD Preparation Track. The PhD Preparation Track provides students the opportunity to enhance their research skills and better prepare themselves for a PhD program. Students who desire state licensure will need to fulfill additional requirements. Both the Licensed Psychological Associate Track and the Licensed Professional Counselor Track require completion of an extended course of study, including coursework from the College of Education. Both tracks include coursework to meet the academic requirements for Texas state licensure. Once licensed by the State Board, both Licensed Psychological Associates and Licensed Professional Counselors can practice independently in the state of Texas.
Students are advised to determine additional licensing requirements of the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Counsel. This includes review of the licensure requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists or the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to ensure that they are adequately prepared to pursue their career goals.