Clinical Psychology (MA)

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Clinical Psychology-MA

The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology option is designed for those who want to enter a career in mental health service delivery founded on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems people have, whether they be complex, chronic conditions, or relatively transient, acute problems. As a professional with a M.A. degree in psychology, students would also be eligible to teach psychology on the post-secondary level.
 
Graduates of our clinical psychology programs are prepared to obtain a license as a professional counselor or pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. Demographic analyses show there is a shortage of licensed counselors and psychologists in our region. Although the local population is often not aware of the benefits that counseling can provide, there is tremendous growth potential for the career paths of licensed counselors and psychologists in the Rio Grande Valley.
 
The Graduate Program in Psychology offers two options for students: (1) Clinical Psychology, thesis option, and (2) Clinical Psychology, non-thesis option. We recommend the thesis option for those students who wish to pursue future studies to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Students with a master’s degree in clinical psychology, non-thesis option will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Psychological Associate and/or Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.
  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Essay  (1500  words)  detailing  professional  goals  and  reasons  for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
    • Resume.
    • GRE General Test with preferred minimum scores of 153 Verbal and 144 Quantitative. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.
  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Jason Popan

    Phone:(956) 665-7879

    Office: Edinburg Campus, LABN 358A

    E-Mail:jason.popan@utrgv.edu

     

  • Deadlines

    Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
    Application Deadline: March 31 N/A N/A N/A
  • Course Requirements

    Thesis Option
     
    Required Courses 27
    PSYC 6301: Psychological Statistics 3
    PSYC 6305: Advanced Studies in Psychopathology 3
    PSYC 6311: Advanced Studies in Personality Theory 3
    PSYC 6320: Neuropsychology 3
    PSYC 6325: Conditioning and Learning 3
    PSYC 6332: Research Design 3
    PSYC 6336: Advanced Psychological Measurement 3
    PSYC 6340: Cross Cultural Psychology 3
    PSYC 6363: Contemporary Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology 3
     
    Clinical Applications 6
    PSYC 6352: Personality Assessment 3
    PSYC 6354: Individual Psychotherapy 3
    OR
    PSYC 6356: Group Psychotherapy 3
     
    Supervised Clinical Practice Courses 9
    PSYC 6364: Clinical Practicum (taken twice) 6
    PSYC 6368: Internship (480 hours) 3
     
    Capstone Requirements 6
    Thesis
    PSYC 7300: Thesis I 3
    PSYC 7301: Thesis II 3
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 48
     
    Non‐Thesis Option:
     
    Required Courses 24
    PSYC 6301: Psychological Statistics 3
    PSYC 6305: Advanced Studies in Psychopathology 3
    PSYC 6311: Advanced Studies in Personality Theory 3
    PSYC 6320: Neuropsychology 3
    PSYC 6325: Conditioning and Learning 3
    PSYC 6336: Advanced Psychological Measurement 3
    PSYC 6340: Cross Cultural Psychology 3
    PSYC 6363: Contemporary Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology 3
     
    Clinical Applications 9
    PSYC 6352: Personality Assessment 3
    PSYC 6354: Individual Psychotherapy 3
    PSYC 6356: Group Psychotherapy 3
     
    Designated Electives for Licensed Professional Counselors 6
    COUN 6345: Career Developmental Theories 3
    PSYC 6330: Developmental Psychology 3
     
    Supervised Clinical Practice Courses 9
    PSYC 6364: Clinical Practicum (taken twice) 6
    PSYC 6368: Internship (480 hours) 6
     
    Capstone Requirements
    Written Comprehensive Exam
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 48
     

    Course Descriptions

    COUN 6345: Career Developmental Theories               [3‐0]

    A survey and analysis of the processes of assisting people to choose, prepare for, enter and progress in an occupation. The course trains leaders who can help people make decisions and choices in planning a future and building a career.

    PSYC 6301: Psychological Statistics              [3‐0]

    This course will provide an advanced introduction to statistical methods commonly used in psychological science.

    PSYC 6305: Advanced Studies in Psychopathology              [3‐0]

    A study of the classification, etiology and treatment of abnormal behaviors. Supporting outside readings will be emphasized.

    Prerequisite: Graduate status in clinical psychology or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6311: Advanced Studies in Personality Theory              [3‐0]

    The theories and approaches reviewed are the foundations of conceptualizing personality development and change; they are foundations of therapeutic interventions and methods of assessing personality structure and process.

    Prerequisite: Graduate status in clinical or experimental psychology or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6320: Neuropsychology              [3‐0]

    In‐depth study of the relationship between biological events and behavior. Emphasis is placed on the physiological substrates of learning, memory, emotion and motivation.

    PSYC 6325: Conditioning and Learning              [3‐0]

    A study of the principles of laws of respondent and operant conditioning in determining behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the experimental analysis of behavior with attention to other learning theories that have been extensively studied in the laboratory and productively applied to problems of human behavior.

    Prerequisites: PSYC 3405, PSYC 4318, or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6330: Developmental Psychology              [3‐0]

    The study of growth and development processes throughout the life cycle. Physical, social and psychological factors involved in life changes are addressed. An overview, as well as selected current special topics within lifespan human development are addressed.

    PSYC 6332: Research Design              [3‐0]

    Overview of single and multiple factor correlational and experimental designs and their analysis. The course covers various central design issues including control, internal and external validity, group comparisons and small‐ n designs.

    PSYC 6336: Advanced Psychological Measurement              [3‐0]

    Reviews current theoretical and technical aspects of test construction focusing on standardized tests used in industry and health care settings. Instruction and practice in standardized test administration and scoring, with emphasis on the Wechsler and achievement tests.

    Prerequisite: Graduate status in clinical psychology or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6340: Cross Cultural Psychology              [3‐0]

    The course emphasizes the major areas of current research on cross‐cultural psychology; these include the study of personality across cultures, Western and non‐Western definitions of abnormal behavior and international research on attitudes and values.

    PSYC 6352: Personality Assessment              [3‐0]

    Development of personality testing. Study and administration of personality assessment techniques.

    Prerequisites: Graduate status in clinical psychology, PSYC 6311, PSYC 6305 or with consent of instructor.

    PSYC 6354: Individual Psychotherapy              [3‐0]

    Current and historical approaches to psychotherapy will be reviewed. Instruction and practice in techniques of individual psychotherapy, case presentation and report writing.

    Prerequisites: Graduate status in clinical psychology, PSYC 6305.

    PSYC 6356: Group Psychotherapy              [3‐0]

    Instruction and practice in techniques of group psychotherapy.

    Prerequisites: Graduate status in clinical psychology, PSYC 6305, and PSYC 6311.

    PSYC 6363: Contemporary Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology              [3‐0]

    Mastering principles in the practice of professional psychology according to the ethical standards established by the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association with attention to related legal issues as well as the specific guidelines for responsible conduct and disciplinary standards as articulated by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board will be addressed.

    PSYC 6364: Clinical Practicum              [3‐0]

    Practical application of psychological tests and psychotherapeutic procedures will be covered.

    Prerequisites: Graduate status in clinical psychology, PSYC 6305, and PSYC 6354.

    PSYC 6368: Internship (480 hours)              [3‐0]

    Application of psychological tests and psychotherapeutic procedures in a clinical setting will be covered. This course is provided as a capstone training experience for the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

    PSYC 7300: Thesis I              [3‐0]

    Conduct original research project leading to the production of a formal written thesis. Six credit hours of thesis are required for graduation.

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

    PSYC 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    Conduct original research project leading to the production of a formal written thesis. Six credit hours of thesis are required for graduation.

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.