|Graduate Program Head||Holly Angelique|
|Degrees Conferred||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|The Graduate Faculty|
The Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology program helps students prepare to work as mental health professionals in a variety of settings and is intended to provide a broad training program in empirically validated clinical psychology which, when accompanied by an additional 12 credits in advanced graduate studies in psychology and/or counseling, can provide the academic training necessary for graduates to apply for master's level licensing as a professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The M.A. program requires 48 credits of course work. An optional 12-credit certificate program is available for students seeking licensure.
The overall model emphasizes the scientific bases of behavior, including biological, social, and individual difference factors. The training model is health-oriented rather than pathology-oriented and emphasizes the development of helping skills, including both assessment and intervention.
The degree program is intended for both part- and full-time students. Students are admitted fall semester only. The deadline for admission is May 1.
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards.
Students will be admitted on a competitive basis and must submit the following:
- completed Graduate School application form with the application fee
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- three professional letters of recommendation
- a brief (two-page) interest statement
- verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores on the Graduate Record Examinations
The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or the equivalent, must have completed at least 18 credits in psychology, and must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above in the last 60 credits of undergraduate course work. The undergraduate work must include a statistics course and a psychology research methods course with grades of B or higher. A personal interview is required.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Requirements.
The M.A. in Applied Clinical Psychology requires 48 credits of course work. At least 20 must be earned at the established graduate campus where the program is offered. Included in the core courses are 100 hours of clinical practicum, 600 hours of supervised internship experience, and a master's research paper completed in association with PSYC 500.
Psychology Core Courses (23 credits) provide a foundation in professional ethics, individual differences and cultural diversity, the scientific bases of behavior, and scientific research skills. These courses are intended to facilitate the development of an awareness of the context in which clients live and in which interventions must work.
Clinical Core Courses (25 credits) provide a general background in clinical diagnosis, assessment, and interventions with appropriate supervised experience to allow students to develop the clinical skills appropriate for master's level practitioners.
|Psychology Core Courses|
|PSYC 500||Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling||3|
|PSYC 501||Cultural Competency in Psychology||3|
|PSYC 502||Applied Social Psychology||3|
|PSYC 520||Research Methods||4|
|PSYC 524||Biological Basis of Behavior||3|
|Clinical Core Courses|
|PSYC 510||Human Development and Growth||3|
|PSYC 518||Interviewing and Counseling||3|
|PSYC 519||Theories and Models of Psychotherapy||3|
|PSY 540||Seminar in Clinical Problems||3|
|PSYC 571||Tests and Measurements||3|
|PSYC 595A||Clinical Practicum||1|
|PSYC 595B||Clinical Internship||6|
|PSYC 530||Research Paper||3|
Students must have a 3.00 grade-point average to graduate from the program.
Credits earned at other institutions but not used to earn a degree may be applied toward the requirements for a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit.
Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.
There are a limited number of scholarships and research grants available, as well as graduate assistantships.
Many students work full-time and take classes part-time. In many cases, employers have a tuition-reimbursement plan which reimburses employees for partial or full tuition. To find other options available to you, contact the Financial Aid Office at 717-948-6307 (Harrisburg) or 814-898-6162 (Erie).
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
1. KNOW. Graduates will be able to demonstrate conceptual understanding and proficiency in clinical psychology and counseling at the level required to contribute to the discipline.
2. RESEARCH/THINK. Graduates will be able to develop and use appropriate research methods and techniques to apply knowledge or create new knowledge aimed at significant questions in clinical psychology and counseling.
3. COMMUNICATE. Graduates will be able to effectively communicate research and practice applicable to the field in formal presentations and in written works.
4. CRITICAL THINKING. Graduates will be able to conceptualize therapeutic cases in a theoretical framework.
5. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to work effectively and ethically in a clinical/counseling setting with actual clients.
Graduate Program Head: Holly Angelique
Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Gina Brelsford
Primary Program Contact: Mary Ann Sim
Mailing Address: W311 Olmsted Bldg, Middletown, PA 17057
Telephone: (717) 948-6034
Program Website: Applied Clinical Psychology at Harrisburg
Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Melanie Hetzel-Riggin
Primary Program Contact: Melanie Hetzel-Riggin
Mailing Address: 0170 Irvin Kochel Center, Erie, PA 16563
Telephone: (814) 898-6108
Program Website: Applied Clinical Psychology at Erie