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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

A two year, full-time program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide mental health services in community-based, residential or in-patient settings. Students may also prepare for further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in clinical assessment, psychological testing, the diagnosis of psychopathology, treatment planning, individual and group interventions, research design and statistical analysis, and program evaluation.

Academic Program

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology curriculum is arranged along two tracks: (1) Non Thesis/Practitioner (for students seeking specialized training in psychology prior to entering the work force as a master’s level clinician) and (2) Thesis (for students seeking master’s level training in clinical psychology as preparation for future study toward a doctoral degree in psychology). The nine-course core curriculum provides students with the breadth and depth necessary to be a competent and effective master’s level clinician. Students then select four electives from various areas within clinical psychology. Finally, students take six credits of Thesis or Practicum according to their track for a minimum of 45 credits.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology seeks to:

  • Prepare graduate students for careers as master’s level mental health counselors
  • Prepare graduate students for further academic training at the doctorate level in clinical psychology
  • Provide students with training in research design and statistical analysis
  • Provide students with training in the areas of clinical assessment and intervention
  • Provide students with internship/practicum experiences that will promote and develop the professional skills in clinical psychology
  • Provide students with the requisite skills to design and analyze quality research projects

Applying to the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, or related field, and must have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in Statistics and Research Methods. To apply, applicants must submit the following items to the Office Graduate Admission:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records
  2. Personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in Clinical Psychology, career goals, and how you can positively contribute to the graduate program at Roger Williams University
  3. Official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS School Code for Roger Williams University is 3729
  4. Three letters of recommendation attesting to your academic accomplishments and potential to succeed in graduate school
  5. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results
  6. Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee

Applications are accepted for Fall start only; the application deadline is March 15th.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program

(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)
A. Required courses: 27 credits

PSYCH 501 Research Design  
PSYCH 502 Quantitative Methods I  
PSYCH 505 Introduction to Clinical Assessment  
PSYCH 509 Methods of Psychotherapy I  
PSYCH 515 Introduction to Group Counseling  
PSYCH 532 Diversity in Psychology  
PSYCH 550 Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology  

An additional assessment course

PSYCH 512 Child Assessment; Or an approved alternative assessment course  

A psychopathology course (choose from the following)

PSYCH 520 Developmental Psychopathology  
PSYCH 521 Adult Psychopathology  

B. Advanced Electives: 12 credits selected from the following:

PSYCH 510 Quantitative Methods II  
PSYCH 511 Children, Adolescents, and the Law  
PSYCH 513 Vocational Counseling  
PSYCH 519 Methods in Psychotherapy II  
PSYCH 530 Special Topics in Psychology  
PSYCH 531 Family Violence  
PSYCH 533 Law and Mental Health  
PSYCH 534 Advanced Developmental Psychology  
PSYCH 535 Group Dynamics: Methods & Design  
PSYCH 540 Advanced Personality Psychology  

C. Thesis/Practicum: 6 credits selected according to the student’s track:

Practicum students take: PSYCH 598: Practicum twice for total of 6 credits

Thesis students take:  PSYCH 597: Thesis twice for total of 6 credits. Students pursuing six credits of thesis can enroll in up to six credits of practicum for elective credits

(Minimum of 45 credits)