Psychology, Master of Arts (092)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/psychology/
Sally L. Kuhlenschmidt, email@example.com, (270) 745-2114
This program prepares students to pursue careers in clinical psychology and/or to enter a doctoral program.
- Clinical (MACL)
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.
|PSYS 510||Advanced Research Methods in Psychology||3|
|or EDFN 500||Research Methods|
|PSY 511||Psychology of Learning||3|
|or PSYS 533||Advanced Topics in Cognition|
|PSYS 518||Statistics and Psychometric Theory||3|
|or EDFN 501||Educational Statistics|
|PSY 520||Individual Differences and Human Diversity||3|
|PSY 541||Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology||3|
|PSY 560||Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning:Theories and Issues||3|
|PSY 562||Practicum in Psychological Assessment||3|
|PSY 592||Psychology Internship||3|
|PSY 646||Social Psychology for Applied Practice||3|
|or PSYS 552||Advanced Social Psychology|
|PSY 641||Theories of Psychotherapy||3|
|PSY 651||Clinical Neuropsychology for Applied Psychologist||3|
|or PSYS 567||Advanced Physiological Psychology|
|PSY 660||Assessment of Personality and Socio-Emotional Functioning||3|
|PSY 662||Practicum in Psychology||3|
|PSY 599||Thesis Research||6|