Clinical and Counseling Psychology (MA)

Clinical and Counseling Psychology (MA)

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Campus Location

Main Campus

Application Deadline:

May 1 (Fall admission only)

Program Description:

The MA in clinical and counseling psychology provides a foundation in clinical and research knowledge and skills that emphasizes both a theoretical and applied perspective with sensitivity to ethical and cross-cultural issues. In addition to strengths in clinical and counseling psychology, the faculty have clinical and research strengths in health, cross-cultural, pediatric, and developmental psychology as well as in neuropsychology. Students interested in developing advanced research and clinical skills should explore research opportunities with appropriate faculty (see description of research/clinical interests (http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/departments/psychology/graduate.dot).

The focus of the program is on understanding, preventing, and treating disorders, diseases, and dysfunctions that compromise mental and physical health. We do this by fostering knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis, etiology and mechanisms that contribute to the onset, progression, and consequences of these disorders across the lifespan at the individual and group level. The program offers a flexible core 48-credit program with the option of completing 12 additional credits (total of 60 credits) for students wishing to pursue LAC/LPC credentials or those who seek in-depth background in an area(s) of interest.

Facilities and Resources:

The graduate program in clinical and counseling psychology is housed in new and renovated facilities in Science Hall-East. These facilities include modern-clinical, research, and teaching spaces, in addition to a state-of-the-art  clinical teaching suite for training, monitoring, recording and conducting clinical sessions, a graduate testing and teaching room and a graduate study and informal learning space.

Reasons For Applying:

The program is appropriate for individuals who are interested in the following areas:

  • Clinical and research careers: Clinical work, with a master's degree only, can be performed under licensed supervision in agencies, clinics, hospitals, government, and for-profit or not-for-profit industry. Research can be conducted in varied government, for-profit or not-for-profit settings.
  • Re-specialization: Individuals who need foundational work and skill development in clinical and research areas.
  • Psychometrist: A program of study that would provide a foundation for pursuing certification as a psychometrist (a professional who administers and scores psychological and neuropsychological tests under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist).This certification requires students to pass a national examination and meet the required number of supervised hours.
  • Doctoral program preparation: A theoretical, clinical and research foundation for pursuing a doctoral degree in the areas of clinical and/or counseling psychology.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): Academic work, supervised clinical internship and 12 additional credits plus completion of all state-mandated requirements.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • A 50th percentile score or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Personal statement that addresses ALL of the following:
    • What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
    • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
    • Why does this program represent a good fit for you?
  • Three professional recommendations from individuals who know you well (preferably drawn from academic and clinical/human service areas).
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • An undergraduate background that includes the following courses:
    • General Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics/Experimental Design
    • Developmental Psychology
  • An interview will be required or an alternative where an on-site interview is not feasible.

Program Requirements:

Students participate in a clinical practicum in year two and submit either a comprehensive master’s project (a clinical report that integrates relevant empirical, theoretical, social, ethical, cultural, diagnostic and therapeutic issues) or a research project that involves an experimental, quasi-experimental or literature synthesis with the potential to make an original contribution to the literature.

Core program: 48 credits. Twelve additional credits are needed if a student wishes to pursue LAC/LPC credentials or in-depth background in an area(s) of interest.

MA Clinical and Counseling Psychology48-60 Credits
Core Courses
Tier I Courses: Foundation
PSY 6040 Research Methods and Evaluation 4
PSY 6180 Psychotherapy Theories 3
PSY 6400 Psychopathology 3
PSY 6410 Cultural and Social Issues in Clinical Practice 3
PSY 6700 Introduction to Clinical Practice I 3
PSY 6710 Introduction to Clinical Practice II 3
PSY 6720 Professional Orientation 3
PSY 6500 Psychological Assessment I 3
Tier II Courses: Advanced
PSY 6420 Group Interventions 3
PSY 6510 Psychological Assessment II 3
PSY 6730 Career and Lifestyle Development 2
PSY 6090 Development Psychopathology 3
PSY 6840 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
PSY 6810 Brief and Time Effective Interventions 3
PSY 6900 Clinical Practicum I 3
PSY 6910 Clinical Practicum II 3
Additional courses
PSY 5900 Disability and Maladaptive Behaviors in Organic Brain Disorders 3
PSY 6100 Human Growth and Development I 3
PSY 6110 Human Growth and Development II 3
PSY 6450 Health Psychology 4
PSY 6820 Gerontology 3
PSY 6830 Substance Abuse Interventions 3
PSY 6800 Family and Therapy Theories and Practice 3
PSY 6920 Clinical Practicum III 3
PSY 6930 Clinical Practicum IV 3
PSY 6940 Clinical Practicum V 3
PSY 7000 Independent Study 1-6