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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

A two year full or part time program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to prepare students, to provide clinical services, assessment and treatment, in a clinical or counseling setting such as a community mental health or in-patient facility. Students may also prepare for further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in psychological testing, treatment, treatment planning, research methodology and psychopathology.

Academic Program
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology curriculum is arranged in 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 psychology as preparation for future study toward a doctoral degree in psychology). The nine-course core curriculum provides students with the breadth and depth needed in both the theoretical foundation as well as the research and skills necessary to become clinicians. 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. All Practicum students who seek the Practitioner model must also successfully complete a comprehensive examination in lieu of the Thesis as part of the graduation requirements.

Career Settings for Students Graduating with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology seeks to:

  • Prepare graduate students for careers in mental health systems as clinical specialists
  • Prepare graduate students for further academic training at the doctorate level in psychology
  • Provide students with training in graduate research and statistical design
  • Provide students with training in the areas of clinical assessment and evaluation
  • Provide students with internship/practicum experiences that will promote and develop the professional skills required in the specialty areas of applied psychology
  • To provide students with the requisite skills to prepare, plan, and carry out competent research designs in psychology

Applying to the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, 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: Objective Tests  
PSYCH 509 Methods of Psychotherapy I  
PSYCH 515 Introduction to Group Counseling  
PSYCH 532 Cross Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 550 Professional Ethics in Psychology  

An additional assessment course (choose from the following)

PSYCH 506 Assessment in Criminal Law  
PSYCH 507 Assessment Issues in Civil Law  
PSYCH 512 Child Assessment  

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 508 Forensic Report Writing  
PSYCH 510 Quantitative Methods II  
PSYCH 511 Children, Adolescents, and the Law  
PSYCH 513 Vocational Counseling  
PSYCH 515 Introduction to Group 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:
Pre-service students take: PSYCH 598: Practicum twice for total of 6 credits

Thesis students take:

PSYCH 597 Thesis and PSYCH 598 Practicum  


PSYCH 597 Thesis twice for total of 6 credits.  

(Minimum of 45 credits)