Master of Science in Psychology: Concentration in Clinical Psychology

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Program Coordinators: David Gard

The M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology provides students with a degree that confers eligibility to sit for the State of California Marriage and Family Therapy license after completing 3,000 approved hours, 1,700 hours of which must be acquired post-master's.

Graduate Programs in Psychology

Application to a graduate program is a two part process.

  • Part One is the University application submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Part Two is the program application that must be submitted to the Psychology Department.

Part One and Part Two of the graduate admission application must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for admission. The department accepts applications for the fall semester only, with a deadline of February 1st. The clinical and school psychology programs generally require an interview, during the admissions process.

Applicants to each psychology graduate program are required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination -- verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Applicants should check the current application of the program they are applying to for the other requirements.

Students who intend to work toward the M.A. or the M.S. in Psychology must meet the prerequisites outlined at the beginning of each concentration.

Undergraduate deficiencies are to be rectified, as the graduate advisor deems fit, without being included as part of the program for a master's degree.

In order to advance to candidacy, graduate students must meet all the general requirements for the specific program in which they are involved.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test

Level Two

Satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Written Examination (PSY 896 and PSY 896EXM [0 units]) or PSY 898 Master’s Thesis.


Preparation in psychology, or in other fields which emphasize understanding of human functioning, as any of the social sciences or, in some instances, in fields that deal with specialized forms of human expression and experience. Required prerequisites are course work in psychological statistics and upper division courses in personality theory and abnormal psychology. Course work in developmental psychology and cultural perspectives is desirable. Preparation should also include experience working directly with people in a helping or service-oriented situation.

Psychology (M.S.): Concentration in Clinical Psychology — 60 units

PSY 723Clinical Methods: Psychological Assessment3
PSY 724Clinical Issues: Drugs, Brain, and Behavior3
PSY 728Conference to Accompany Psychology Practicum3-6
PSY 729Psychology Practicum3-6-12
PSY 753Seminar in Therapeutic and Developmental Change I3
PSY 754Seminar in Therapeutic and Developmental Change II3
PSY 821Clinical Methods: Diagnosis and Advanced Psychopathology3
PSY 822Clinical Methods: Marital and Family Systems Theory and Therapy3
PSY 828Conference to Accompany Advanced Psychology Practicum6
PSY 829Advanced Psychology Practicum3-6-12
PSY 891Seminar in Selected Problems3
PSY 896Directed Reading3-6
or PSY 898 Master's Thesis