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The University of Detroit Mercy Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program has been preparing students to function as masters-level psychologists for over 20 years. Graduates of our program are eligible for Michigan limited licensure s psychologists upon completing post degree supervised practice. Students may elect to specialize in either Addiction Studies or Child Clinical Psychology.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, crisis intervention centers, other mental health settings, or correctional facilities. A survey of recent UDM graduates found 100 percent employment among those seeking full-time work in the mental health field. A number of graduates have also gone on to doctoral training in psychology, both in Michigan and throughout the Unites States.

Program Description
The program offers training in the full range of basic theory and research, diagnostic techniques, therapeutic practices, and ethical concerns.

Students not only receive advanced training in the foundations of psychology but also develop specialized skill in assessment and therapeutic techniques of clinical psychology, and ethical decision making in mental health care. Training in research methods enables students to become discriminating consumers of the professional literature, which in turn, enables them to keep abreast of developments in their field after graduation.

In addition to a central core in clinical psychology, students will elect to concentrate in either Addiction Studies or Child Clinical Psychology. The specialization will provide the students with expertise in working with these important populations. The opportunity to specialize at the master’s level increases the marketability of University of Detroit Mercy students. We have selected these specializations because we believe our faculty has particular expertise and depth in these areas, and because we believe these specializations address two areas of significant need within the field of psychology.

Another important resource, which the Master of Arts program in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy offers to students, is the wealth of practicum opportunities from which our students can choose. We have existing agreements with a number of clinical training sites throughout the greater Detroit metropolitan area, which include hospital based clinics, child and adolescent treatment programs, community mental health centers, university counseling centers, and correctional facilities. Each student is required to complete at least a 500-hour practicum at one of these facilities as part of his or her training.

The program’s total 45 credit hours can be completed in two years full-time participation, or three-years part-time participation. All courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working students. Students, in this program are expected to attend classes year-round.

Web Page
For more information, we encourage you to visit the University of Detroit Mercy’s web site at: or go directly to the clinical master of arts program web page at:

Program Content

Psychology Foundation

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Lifespan Development (Addictions Majors)
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Research
  • Child/Adolescent Development (Child Clinical Majors)
  • Child/Psychopathology (Child Clinical Majors)

Addiction Studies

  • Drugs & Behavior
  • Theories of Addiction
  • Recovery Processes

Assessment Component

  • Assessment Methods: Cognition and Personality
  • Assessment Methods: Projective Measurements
  • Assessment Methods: Assessment Methods with Children

Therapeutic Component

  • Therapeutic Interventions: Individual
  • Therapeutic Interventions: Family Therapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy with children
  • Psychotherapy Practicum

Ethics Component

  • Ethical Issues in Mental Health Care

Comprehensive Examination
The Comprehensive Examination is an intellectual growth experience in which students integrate theory, research & practice across different specialty areas. Diagnostic problem solving is also included.

Supervised Practice Component
A minimum of 500 clock hours supervised practice in a mental-health agency.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Criteria
All students applying to the program must meet the following standards.

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS).
  • Undergraduate (upper division) or graduate Grade Point Average = 3.0 or higher (4.0 maximum). An exception may be made to this rule if applicants can demonstrate exceptional academic promise in some other way.
  • Non-psychology majors are welcome to apply to the program, but are expected to have completed the following prerequisites:
    • 1) Introductory Psychology
    • 2) Statistics
    • 3) Abnormal Psychology

Some additional prerequisites may be required for students in the substance abuse specialty area.

Application Procedures
Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the program should submit the following material:

  • 1) A current application for Graduate Admission to the University of Detroit Mercy, along with the $30,000, non-refundable, application fee.
  • International Students: Individuals who are presently neither U.S. citizens or bona fide permanent residents should request an application from the International Services Office. For more information please write International Services Office, P.O. Box 19900, Detroit, MI 48219-0900 or telephone (313) 993-1209, Fax (313) 993-1192 or e-mail or visit the office on-line by going through the University’s web site.
  • 2) Complete official transcripts mailed directly from the registrar of all colleges attended, including the University of Detroit Mercy. If you were previously a UDM student, please request transcripts early as this may take some time.
  • 3) Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or others who can speak to your professional or academic abilities.
  • 4) A brief essay from you describing your background, previous employment, interest, and reasons for choosing the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at UDM. Please include the telephone numbers where you may be reached during the day and evening at the bottom of your essay.
  • 5) You must take the general aptitude sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have your scores sent to us. The psychology subject test is not required. You may obtain information about the GRE at , or by calling either 1-609-771-7670 or 1-800-GRE-CALL.

The application deadline is March 31 for admission to the fall semester. Applications filed after March 31 may receive fall semester consideration at the discretion of the psychology department faculty.

All materials must be sent to:

  • Steve Coddington, Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Admissions Office
  • 4001 W. McNichols Rd.
  • Detroit, MI 48221

Please note: Our faculty, as a second step in the process, will interview selected applicants. You will be notified by phone if you should be invited to an interview.

Full-time Psychology faculty

  • Steven Abell, Ph.D., Loyola University, clinical psychology, psychotherapy with children.
  • Libby Blume, Ph.D., Texas technological University, child development.
  • Bernard Green, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., University of Michigan, clinical psychology, psychoanalysis.
  • Harold H. Greene, Ph.D., University of Georgia, cognitive and experimental psychology.
  • Mary Hannah, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, School Psychology, families of children with disabilities.
  • Elizabeth M. Hill, Ph.D., Tulane University, alcoholism and alcoholic families.
  • Douglas MacDonald, Ph.D., University of Windsor, clinical child psychology, psychological assessment, cross cultural research.
  • Judy McCown, Ph.D., Wayne State University, schizophrenia, cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Cheryl Munday, Ph.D., University of Michigan, psychiatric diagnoses, ethnicity and clinical judgment.
  • Christine Panyard, Ph.D., Wayne State University, psychological assessment, addiction studies.
  • Margaret Stack, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., University of Detroit, psychological assessment, psychotherapy outcome.
  • Carol C. Weisfeld, Ph.D., University of Chicago, developmental psychological, ethology

Financial Aid
Graduate students are eligible for several financial aid programs funded by the Federal Government and the State of Michigan. For specific detail, please contact the UDM Financial Aid Office by calling or writing to:

  • Director of Financial Aid
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • P.O. Box 19900
  • Detroit, Michigan 48219-0900
  • (313) 993-3350

For further information regarding the program, please call, write, or e-mail,

  • Douglas MacDonald, Ph.D.
  • Director, Clinical Psychology MA program
  • College of Liberal Arts & Education
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • 4001 W. McNichols
  • Detroit, Michigan 48219-0900
  • (313) 578-0388

For questions regarding application materials, please contact,

  • Steven Coddington, Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Admissions Office
  • 4001 W. McNichols
  • Detroit, MI 48221
  • (313) 993-1592

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