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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Psychology - Clinical Psychology Concentration, MA


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Program Code: MA_145C
CIP Code: 42.0101

NOTE: The Master of Arts Program in Psychology will be not be considering students for the Clinical concentration beginning in Fall 2018 as our faculty awaits potential approval of a PsyD program from the UNC system.

Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Psychology


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores; completion of approved courses (or demonstrated competence in the subject matter) in General Psychology and Research Methods (including statistics) for both concentrations and in Abnormal Psychology for the Clinical concentration; statement not exceeding two pages describing the applicant’s academic and professional goals. Applicants should describe their research interests and identify a potential mentor from the Psychology faculty. Applicants to the Clinical concentration who make the first cut will be invited for an interview.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

For applicants seeking admission in the Clinical concentration, successful admission will be contingent upon completion of a Criminal Background Check that will be reviewed by the Clinical Admissions Committee and the Graduate School. The Criminal Background Check is required for licensure as a psychological associate and because psychology trainees are placed in professional agencies with policies regarding criminal histories. Applicants who are recommended for admission will be contacted with instructions.

Location: On campus

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology


Thesis Option


Choose one:

Electives (6 Hours)


Select 6 hours of electives with approval of an advisor, and choose one of the courses below:

Other Requirements for the MA in Psychology


  • Thesis: Required (Experimental concentration); Optional (Clinical concentration)
  • Proficiency: Statistics proficiency met by completion of PSY 5020 
  • Candidacy: Required for both concentrations. For Experimental students, candidacy is granted upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus. For Clinical students, candidacy is granted upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus (thesis track only), successful completion of PSY 5904 , and approval of program faculty.
  • Comprehensive: Clinical students will have a concentration-specific examination administered during the fourth semester in the program. Experimental students will satisfactorily complete a concentration-specific examination by scoring at or above the 70th percentile on the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT).
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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