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Master's in Clinical Psychology (MA)

This is a 39 to 40 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 is designed for those who are currently employed in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing or business, and wish to broaden their areas of expertise. This program also prepares students who wish to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology. The program does not fulfill educational requirements for a master's level license to practice in Illinois. for license eligibility, please see the MA in Clinical Psychology: Counseling Practice program.
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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's
Housed in the Psychology Department, program faculty include psychological researchers and practitioners. Students can gain valuable experience for further graduate study by working in one of the many faculty labs on a variety of topics. Students can attend conferences and present their research with faculty. Students seeking advancement in their careers will appreciate the knowledge and professional experience of the faculty who are currently practicing psychologists. Students also enjoy a choice of capstone experience: a specialized course sequence or thesis.
Cynthia Mazura
, Interim MA Director
Sivling Lam
, Admission Counselor

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

In this program, you will have a broad-based understanding of clinical psychology. There are many opportunities to become involved in ongoing research, or develop a research topic on your own. Students learn from instructors with many years of experience in the field of clinical psychology. You will learn in an environment that values social justice and learn how this relates to the research and practice of clinical psychology. Through coursework and research experiences, you will have first-hand exposure to how to advocate within the field of mental health and psychology.

Sample Courses

  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Chemical Dependence
  • Psychopathology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Human Development

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

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

Admission

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.


  • 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 this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • 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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