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Master's in Clinical Psychology - Counseling Practice (MA)

College of Arts and Sciences
This program is designed for those who are interested in clinical practice at the master’s level. In Illinois (and many other states), completion of this program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC, and later LCPC). The program is 60 semester hours 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.
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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's

Students in the program have the opportunity to gain clinical experience from a list of more than 200 sites in the greater Chicago area. We have strong relationships with these sites, who provide mental health services for the City of Chicago and the suburbs.

Students learn from instructors with many years of experience in the field of psychology and counseling. You will learn in an environment that values social justice and learn how this relates to the study and practice of clinical psychology and counseling. Through course work and internship experiences, you will have first-hand exposure to how to advocate for clients and the field of mental health in general.

Bibiana Adames
, Clinical Assistant Professor and MA Director of Psychology
Sivling Lam
, Admission Counselor
Michelle Parker
, Program Assistant

Expectations & Requirements


Within the first 18 hours in the program, students must meet the competency requirement by earning an overall GPA of 3.0 in Foundations of Counseling, Psychopathology, and Advanced Research Methods. In addition to the 60 hours of coursework, students also gain experience in their final year on a clinical internship. This internship includes a minimum of 750 of hours on site performing clinical work under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor or psychologist. Students begin the process of applying for internship about a year before they begin their placement.

Sample Courses

  • Foundations of Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Learned Bases of Behavior of Counseling Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioral Counseling


Graduates from the program are prepared to work as counselors in mental health settings, including community mental health, private practice, hospitals, schools, universities, and other settings that provide mental health services. Our alumni are working at such places as Alexian Brothers, ComPsych, Leyden Family Services, and various private practice settings.

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

Graduate Research Association of Students in Psychology (GRASP)
Psi Chi - Psychology National Honor Society


"I have enjoyed my time at Roosevelt in the clinical psychology counseling practice program. Our teachers are very knowledgeable, open to student feedback, focus on social justice and advocating for mental health awareness, and are practitioners themselves. I chose the clinical psychology track over [other programs] because of the well-rounded training we receive in clinical practice and research. I am very happy with my choice to be in Roosevelt's program because of the close friendships I have developed with fellow students and the professional relationships I have developed with my professors."
Katherine Evans - MA Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) '17

It is recommended that applicants have completed the following prerequisite courses with at least a 3.0 (B) average: general psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods. Some students with undergraduate deficiencies may be admitted conditionally with faculty recommendation to complete one or more of the three prerequisite courses as a condition of admission.

Applications are considered for the fall (Chicago and Schaumburg campuses) and spring (Schaumburg campus, only) semesters. Space in the Chicago cohort is limited and applications will be considered as space is available.

For priority consideration for the fall semester, applications are due February 1. The final application deadline for the fall semester is May 1. The application deadline for the spring semester is November 1.

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available for first-year students.

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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in the program, and how it will help you achieve your goals. Also, please address how you became interested in a counseling career and what is it that you hope to accomplish as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
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