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:

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

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

Upcoming Events

Graduate Admissions Open House

08/21/14 05:00 PM - 08/21/14 07:00 PM

Location: 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ University Commons Ballroom

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