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Clinical Professional Psychology, MA


Students already admitted to this program may complete this curriculum. No new students are being admitted.

This program is designed for those who are interested in clinical practice at the master’s level. In Illinois, 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.

Previously, Roosevelt University’s home state, Illinois, and most other states, required a master’s degree consisting of a 48-semester-hour curriculum, like the Clinical Professional Psychology MA program. Currently, more states 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 website.)

Program governance and personnel

The Department of Psychology appoints a Program Evaluation Group (PEG) to oversee the administration and development of the MA programs in clinical and clinical professional psychology. The PEG is led by the director of Clinical MA Programs and is additionally composed of the director of training (who oversees practicum placements) and several other faculty members appointed each academic year. In addition, each year a student in one of the clinical MA programs is invited to represent student interests on the PEG. The PEG is responsible for decisions on student admission and for recommendations on student dismissal.


No longer taking applicants into this program.


  • General GPA standards: Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average. No more than two grades of C+, C, or C- (six semester hours) will be counted toward the MA degree. For additional information concerning grading and academic discipline, see the general University regulations.

  • Time limit: Students are allowed six years in which to complete the MA degree and only courses completed within six years of the time the student enters the program will be counted toward the 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.

    1. GRE method. Students must earn a score of at least the 70th percentile on the psychology subject test of the Graduate Record Examination.
    2. Grade point average method. Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.3 in the following courses: Psyc 505 (Foundations of Counseling), 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. Thus, in addition to the evaluation of academic performance, students will be evaluated regularly on appropriate professional and 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.

  CHS 417 Career and Lifestyle Planning .....3
  PSYC 505 Foundations of Counseling .....3
  PSYC 515 Chemical Dependence .....3
  PSYC 516 Psychopathology .....3
  PSYC 519 Basic Clinical Skills (with grade of B or better) .....3
  PSYC 530 Advanced Research Methods .....3
  PSYC 605 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues .....3
  PSYC 606 Human Development .....3
  PSYC 619 Assessment in Counseling .....3
  PSYC 641 Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling (Choose 641 OR 642) .....3
  PSYC 642 Psychodynamic Counseling (Choose 641 OR 642) .....3
  PSYC 645 Multicultural Counseling .....3
  PSYC 649 Group Counseling Theories and Processes .....3
  PSYC 656 Couples and Family Counseling .....3
  PSYC 697A MA Clinical Internship (Semester 1) .....3
  PSYC 697B MA Clinical Internship (Semester 2) .....3

Regarding practicum/internship: The terms "practicum" and "internship" are often used interchangeably in the field. All students must complete an internship as their final project. The internship consists of not less than 750 hours of professionally supervised training and service in an approved agency or institution, over a period of not less than two semesters. Clinical professional psychology students may begin a practicum only after meeting the competency requirement and completing at least 12 required courses (36 semester hours). These must include all courses relevant to the internship site; for example, an internship in chemical dependency requires completed course work in that area.

Students must contact the director of training for information on possible internship sites and application information. Only clinical experiences obtained through, and approved by, the director of training will be counted as internship experiences. Absolutely no internship credit will be granted for work completed before obtaining the written approval of the director of training. Given the time demands of the internship experience, it is never possible for a student to maintain full-time employment during the semesters in which internship is completed.

A student who has not completed the internship during the semesters in which he/she is registered for Psyc 697A and Psyc 697B must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the internship by registering for Psyc 697Y (zero-credit course).

Advanced Clinical Counseling Sequence


Students who intend to apply for the professional counselor’s license in a state that requires a 60 semester-hour MA degree may satisfy that requirement by adding the following four courses:

One adult therapy course, other than those required
  PSYC 511 Stress & Alternative Psychology .....3
  PSYC 651 Experiential Group Therapy .....3
  PSYC 653 Brief Psychotherapies .....3
One child therapy course
  PSYC 540 Child & Adolescent Social Skills Training .....3
  PSYC 654 Child & Adolescent Therapy .....3
One clinical/counseling elective
  Any 400-, 500-, or 600-level course that is topic-relevant to clinical counseling .....3
One practice-in-settings course
  PSYC 514 Behavioral Medicine .....3
  PSYC 634 Community Psychology and Social Justice .....3

School Counseling Sequence

Clinical Professional Psychology students who are interested in working as a School Counselor can qualify for the Type 73 certificate with the Illinois State Board of Education by completing some additional requirements. Students must be approved by the College of Education to pursue this sequence.


*After approval by the College of Education, the required components of the sequence are:

  CHS 414 Seminar in School Counseling .....3
  CHS 415 School Environment, Classroom Management and Consultation (on-line course, Spring Semester) .....3
  CHS 418 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (summer course) .....3
  CHS 496 School Counseling Internship (Fall semester) .....3
  SPED 419 Exceptional Children and Youth .....3

*Please refer to the College of Education website for additional information on this sequence, as requirements are subject to change.