Psychology, Clinical (M.A.)
Emphasize clinical work with adults or children through specialized coursework and solid field experience.
Our program is designed with two overlapping purposes: to prepare you for further study in psychology at the doctoral level; and to prepare you for employment in clinical positions at the master's degree level.
We achieve both purposes by using a scientist-practitioner model combining research with clinical experience. You will develop:
- A broad academic background and competence in the application of research methodology.
- Thorough exposure to the areas of personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy.
- Intensive training in the assessment of intelligence and personality.
- Supervised practice in interviewing and therapeutic intervention.
Applicants to the clinical psychology program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:
- Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
- A personal statement or résumé.
- Official GRE test score. Applicants are encouraged to obtain a minimum score of 500 on each section of the GRE, and at least 500 on the subject test. Subject test scores in psychology are optional but encouraged.
Additional requirements apply for international students.
Applicants to the graduate psychology programs must have an undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, plus an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 in psychology coursework. Applicants must have taken a minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology, including an introductory course in statistics, a course in experimental psychology or research design, and six semester hours of upper-level psychology courses.
Applicants to the clinical psychology program should have a minimum of 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology courses that include introductory psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, as well as courses in both statistics and experimental psychology, or a two-course research methods in psychology sequence.
Admission to the clinical psychology program, both full time or part time, is given during the fall term only. The deadline for admission and graduate assistantship consideration is March 1.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do graduates from the clinical psychology program go?
60 percent of our graduates move immediately into either the public or private sectors of the mental health field. 35 percent continue their graduate education. Some of this group choose to work one to three years as a mental health professional first. The remainder of our past graduates are working outside of the behavioral health area in human resources or other business positions.
Does a master's degree in clinical psychology qualify me for licensure as a psychologist?
No. In Ohio, a doctoral degree is required for licensure eligibility. A master's degree partially satisfies the eligibility requirements for licensure in other states.
What is the difference between a master's degree in clinical psychology and a master's degree in counseling?
In general, clinical psychology programs put more emphasis on understanding the theory and technique behind instruments designed to assess aspects of intelligence, personality and psychopathology. Clinical psychology programs train students in empirical or research methods that enable them to better interpret and contribute to our expanding knowledge of human behavior and behavior change. Our clinical program, unlike many counseling programs, is designed with the scientist-practitioner model at its foundation, and includes two courses in experimental design and statistics, as well as requiring an empirical master's thesis project.
Dr. Roger Reeb
Professor and Graduate Program Director