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Description

University of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Arts with a major in clinical psychology has been preparing students to function as masters-level psychologists for more than 20 years. The program is designed to academically prepare students to apply for the State of Michigan’s Limited License in Psychology (LLP). Note: Additional requirements for the LLP are completed by students after graduation from the program and do not fall under the purview of the program.

The Master of Arts with a major in clinical psychology is a 45-credit-hour program that offers training in basic theory and research, diagnostic techniques, therapeutic practices and professional ethics. Students receive foundational training in child and adult clinical psychology. The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis (6 credit hours per semester) for eight semesters year-round. Thus, students graduate approximately two years and nine months after beginning the program.

The overarching goal of the program is to prepare students to become competent practicing master’s-level psychologists who are also prepared to pursue additional graduate study in psychology. Students receive training in the foundations of psychology and develop specialized skill in assessment and therapeutic techniques of clinical psychology. Training in research methods and statistics 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. Ethical decision-making is emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Students in this program take nearly all courses with other graduate students—students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in clinical psychology and with students enrolled in the Specialist - School Psychology program. This combined course format enhances class discussions and provides opportunities for master’s students to gain knowledge of options for more advanced graduate study in psychology. In addition to coursework, students complete a 500-hour practicum where they gain experience performing psychological assessment and intervention. At the end of the program, students complete a comprehensive examination on which they demonstrate their knowledge of psychology. Students also have the option of completing a master’s thesis

Admission Process

Admission Requirements
The minimum requirements for program admission are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.).
  • Undergraduate or graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). An exception may be made to this requirement 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 undergraduate courses:
    1) Introductory Psychology
    2) Statistics
    3) Abnormal Psychology
  • Completion of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical subtests.

Application Procedure

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the program should submit the following materials:

  1. Complete official transcripts mailed directly from the registrar of all colleges attended. If you were previously a University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) student, please request your UDM transcripts be sent to the admissions office early as this may take some time.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical subtests.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors or others who can speak to your professional (e.g., clinical, research) or academic abilities.
  4. A brief Personal Statement in which you describe your background, career goals, and your interest in applying to the Master of Arts Clinical Psychology program at University of Detroit Mercy.

The application deadline is March 15 for admission to the Fall semester.

All materials must be sent to:

Theresa Carson, Graduate Admissions Counselor
University of Detroit Mercy
Admissions Office
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

Please note: After faculty members review applications, selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants who are invited for interviews will be notified via phone or email.

Financial Aid
Graduate students are eligible for several financial aid programs funded by the Federal government and the State of Michigan. For more information, please contact the University of Detroit Mercy Financial Aid Office at 313-993-3350.

Degree Requirements

Coursework

All required coursework is listed below. Courses are listed in the standard program sequence.

Year 1
PYC 6700 Psychological Assessment I 3 credits
PYC 5420 Principles and Issues: Child and Adolescent Development 3 credits
PYC 6850 Psychopathology I
3 credits
PYC 5040 Advanced Research
3 credits
PYC 6030 Child Psychopathology
3 credits
PYC 5000* Social Psychology
3 credits

Year 2
PYC 6200 School Psychology Assessment and Interventions I
3 credits
PYC 6155 School Psychology Assessment and Interventions 1B
3 credits
PYC 6890 Theories of Psychotherapy
3 credits
PYC 6930 Ethics and Professional Issues
3 credits
PYC 5320* Psychotherapy with Children; or 3 credits
PYC 7650* Cognitive Therapy
PYC 5890 Practicum Experience
3 credits

Year 3
PYC 5030 Statistics 3 credits
PYC 6400 Applied Behavior Analysis
3 credits
PYC 5890 Practicum Experience
3 credits

Optional
PYC 5990 Master's Thesis
3 credits

Total Credits Required: 45

* Depending on course offerings, students may take Child Therapy or Cognitive Therapy during Year 1 and Social Psychology during Year 2 with instructor and program director permission.

Practicum
An important feature of the program is the 500-hour practicum placement where students perform psychological assessment and intervention. Over the past several years, students have completed placements in a broad array of settings including hospital-based clinics, child and adolescent treatment programs, community mental health centers, university counseling centers and correctional facilities. Students are encouraged to seek out placements at existing sites and are also permitted to explore placement opportunities with new sites throughout Michigan. Specific requirements for practicum sites are provided in the Program Manual for admitted students.

Comprehensive Examination
The required Comprehensive Examination is provided for students to demonstrate their knowledge of theory, research, assessment, and intervention. The Comprehensive Exam is completed by students during their third year. It is designed to assess students’ learning and to familiarize them with the format of the national licensure exam, the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).


Program Contact Information:

Director: Kristen Abraham, Ph.D.
College of Liberal Arts & Education
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols
Reno Hall, Room 210

Detroit, Michigan 48221

Telephone: 313-578-0455
Email: abrahakm@udmercy.edu


Application/Process Materials Contact Information:

Theresa Carson, Graduate Admissions Counselor
University of Detroit Mercy
Admissions Office
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

Telephone: 313-993-3309
Email: carsonta@udmercy.edu


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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