Clinical Professional Psychology MA
The MA program in Clinical Professional Psychology is designed for those who are interested in clinical practice at the master’s level. In Illinois (and in many other states), completion of this program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC and, later, LCPC). In addition, the program is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Its graduates qualify to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. This is a 48-semester hour program that provides broad-based training in psychological assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that supports these practices. This program also provides appropriate preparation for those wishing to apply to PsyD and PhD programs in clinical psychology. Those planning to apply to PhD programs should ensure that they secure research experience within the program while they pursue their MA degree.
Roosevelt University’s home state, Illinois, and most other states, require a master’s degree consisting of a 48-semester hour curriculum, like the Clinical Professional Psychology MA program. Some states, however, require a 60-semester hour degree and states’ laws change over time. Students are urged to check with the Board that oversees the LPC and LCPC licenses in the state in which they intend to work after completing the Clinical Professional Psychology MA degree. (An index of State Licensing Boards can be found by visiting the National Board for Certified Counselors at: www.nbcc.org/directory.) Should that State require a 60-semester hour degree, it is recommended that the student consult with the Director of Clinical MA Programs about the appropriateness of transferring to the 60-semester hour Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) program.
Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average. No more than two grades of "C" (six semester hours) may be counted toward the MA degree. For additional information concerning grading and academic discipline, see the general University regulations. Students are allowed six years in which to complete the MA degree.
- Competency requirement. The competency requirement is designed to ensure that all students seeking the MA degree demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of general psychology. It is a prerequisite for all 600-level courses. The competency requirement must be met within the first 18 semester hours of graduate credit. Students who fail to satisfy the competency requirement within this time period will be considered for dismissal from the program. Students can meet the competency requirement in one of the two ways detailed below.
- GRE method. Students must earn a score at, at least, the 70th percentile on the psychology subject test of the Graduate Record Examination.
- Grade point average method. Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.3 in the following courses: PSYC 505 (Clinical and Counseling Psychology), PSYC 516 (Psychopathology) and PSYC 530 (Advanced Research Methods). All courses that count toward meeting the competency requirement must be taken at Roosevelt University.
- Academic Integrity. The Department of Psychology holds graduate students to professional standards of academic integrity. The Department considers actions that present the work of another as one’s own to be unethical and inappropriate. Cheating and plagiarism are never tolerated. The Department defines plagiarism as presenting the ideas or words of another as one’s own. Students must follow the rules for appropriate citation and quotation of the words of others, as outlined in the current edition of the American Psychological Association’s publication manual, in all papers and theses. Students who violate these standards regarding cheating and plagiarism will be considered for dismissal from the program.
- Ethical, professional and interpersonal competency. Because the psychology programs prepare mental health practitioners, the department is accountable to the public regarding the development of professional and ethical behavior. Students will thus be evaluated on academic, professional, and interpersonal competencies. Students may be dismissed from the program for problems in academic, professional, or interpersonal behavior. Students who fail to meet academic standards or fail to meet expectations of appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior will be considered for dismissal from the program.
- Practice of Psychology by Graduate Students: The Department believes strongly that clinical counseling skills are acquired over time and experiences. As “clinical counselors in training," students are considered not yet competent to practice in mental health services. Students who are employed in such services must make their employment known to the chair of the Department of Psychology who will determine if the student is practicing within, or outside of, his/her competence. Students who are judged to be employed outside their areas of competence must cease that activity or risk dismissal from the program.