Psychology, Master of Arts (092)

PsychologyMA

http://www.wku.edu/psychology/


Program Coordinator

Sally L. Kuhlenschmidt, sally.kuhlenschmidt@wku.edu, (270) 745-2114

This program prepares students to pursue careers in clinical psychology and/or to enter a doctoral program.

Concentration(s)

  • Clinical (MACL)

Program Admission

Applicants must have minimum scores of 146 Verbal and 141 Quantitative on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (or equivalent score); and a minimum GPA of 2.75 with 3.0 in psychology courses. Applicants should have 18 hours in psychology classes, including one class (3 credit hours) in either Abnormal Psychology or Personality Psychology and one class (3 credit hours) in either statistics or research methods. Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation, transcripts, a psychology department application form, a personal statement describing professional interests and career goals, and the Graduate School application form. An interview may be required. Applicants must also submit an affidavit affirming that they have never been convicted or charged with a felony crime. Applications should be received by March 1st for priority consideration.  Beyond the stated minimum requirements, selection is competitive.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (48 hours)

The clinical psychology concentration follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and prepares students to be successful performing both research and therapy. The degree offers a broad foundation for the professional who will render a wide variety of psychological services at the MA level and/or prepare students to pursue further education at the doctoral level. Clinical psychology graduates have the credentials necessary to pursue licensure in the state of Kentucky. Practicum and internship (9 hours) are required. A thesis is required. A criminal background check will be required of successful applicants during the first semester of graduate study at the applicant's expense. Grades lower than B may not be used to satisfy requirements for courses in the clinical training sequence (PSY 560, PSY 640, PSY 641, and PSY 660), or practicum and internship (PSY 562, PSY 592, and PSY 662). Practicum/internship sites may have additional requirements before allowing students to complete placements; these might include, but are not limited to, vaccinations, additional background checks, and health screenings.

Required Courses
PSYS 510Advanced Research Methods in Psychology3
or EDFN 500 Research Methods
PSY 511Psychology of Learning3
or PSYS 533 Advanced Topics in Cognition
PSYS 518Statistics and Psychometric Theory3
or EDFN 501 Educational Statistics
PSY 520Individual Differences and Human Diversity3
PSY 541Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology3
PSY 560Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning:Theories and Issues3
PSY 562Practicum in Psychological Assessment3
PSY 592Psychology Internship3
PSY 646Social Psychology for Applied Practice3
or PSYS 552 Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 640Psychopathology3
PSY 641Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSY 651Clinical Neuropsychology for Applied Psychologist3
or PSYS 567 Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSY 660Assessment of Personality and Socio-Emotional Functioning3
PSY 662Practicum in Psychology3
PSY 599Thesis Research6
Total Hours48