Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
An applicant is required to have a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate psychology, not counting Introductory Psychology, which must include: Developmental Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Psychological Testing, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Foundations of Psychology. Deficiencies may be taken concurrently with graduate courses if the deficiency courses are not prerequisites for a course in the graduate program.
Admission to the graduate program requires a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher or 3.25 on last 60 hours based on a 4.0 scale, a minimum GPA of 3.0 for required psychology courses, and submission of the following:
1) Online application at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/appinstr.htm
2) Graduate Record Examination or Miller's Analogy Test scores
3) Three (3) letters of recommendation from psychology faculty (or professionals in psychology or closely related disciplines) who know you well enough to speak specifically about your academic performance and chances for success and scholarship at the graduate level
4) A 1 to 2 page statement of academic interests and goals that specifically addresses the following:
-Why are you pursuing clinical psychology as your major area of interest?
-Why have you chosen specifically to apply to ESU's program in clinical psychology?
-What are your professional goals upon graduation?
-What research interests and experience do you have?
-What applied/clinical interests and experience do you have?
-What are your biggest strengths? What are your biggest weaknesses?
-On a scale of 1 (weak) to 10 (strong), where would rate yourself in terms of:
- Interest in the scientific study of psychology?
- Skill in the scientific study of psychology?
- Interest in clinical practice of psychology?
- Skill in the clinical practice of psychology?
5) A current copy of your vita
6) Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
7) Application fee of $40
Submit all application materials and fee to:
Office of Graduate Studies
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial, Box 4003
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
Master of Science Curriculum
The degree is based on four standards requiring 60 credit hours, including a clinical internship. The internship is either a full calendar or academic year and is completed after all prerequisite courses have been taken. Certain courses, noted with an "*" below, must be completed with a grade of "A" or "B" before the internship can begin. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student for licensure as a Licensed Master's Level Psychologist with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.
Standard 1. Assessment (13 Hours)
Students will be familiar with the major assessment techniques and be able to use them. Students will be well versed in diagnostic systems (e.g., DSM IV-TR) as well as diagnostic issues.
*PY 806 Personality Assessment (2 hrs)
*PY 807 MMPI ( 2 hrs)
*PY 815 Projective Assessment Techniques ( 3 hrs)
*PY 827 Seminar in Psychopathology (3 hrs)
*PY 841 Assessment of Intelligence (3 hrs)
Standard 2. Treatment (26 hours)
Students will know and be able to utilize ethically a wide variety of psychological treatments.
*PY 810 Clinical Report Writing (2 hrs)
PY 846 Culture, Assessment, and Treatment (3 hrs)
*PY 847 Techniques of Psychotherapy (3 hrs)
PY 848 Family and Group Systems Psychotherapy (3 hrs)
*PY 849 Ethics and Professional Practice (3 hrs)
PY 858 Interdisciplinary Referral and Collaboration ( 3 hrs)
PY 859 Internship (6 hrs)
Electives (3 hrs)
PY 851 Seminar in Behavior Modification (3 hrs)
Standard 3. Scientific Foundations (10 hours)
Students will have thorough understanding of the scientific foundation of psychology.
Scientific Foundations electives:
PY 540 Drugs & Behavior (3 hrs, some summers only)
PY 560 Physiological Psychology (3 hrs, every third fall)
PY 570 Sensation and Perception (3 hrs, every third fall)
PY 600 Advanced General Psychology (3 hrs, fall only)
PY 624 Theories of Motivation (3 hrs, every third fall)
PY 708 Brain Function and Dysfunction (3 hrs)
PY 709 Neuropsychology (1 hr)
PY 722 Theories of Learning (3 hrs)
PY 808 Research in Clinical Psychology (3 hrs)
PY 811 Seminar in Human Growth & Development (3 hrs, spring only)
Standard 4. Research (11 hours)
Students will be able to evaluate the research of others and be able to design and implement their own research.
ER 851 Research Design and Writing (3 hrs)
ER 857 Statistics II (3 hrs)
Students on the PhD/PsyD Track: PY 800 Thesis (5 hrs)
Students on the Practitioner Track: Electives (5 hrs)
PY 703 Special Topics: Psychology & Social Justice
PY 703 Special Topics: Scottish Character & Culture (Study Abroad)
PY 703 Special Topics: Transnational Identity (Study Abroad)
PY 805 Psychology of the Adult Learner (3 hrs)
PY 837 Psychological Case Studies*** (3 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 60**
* Student must make grade of B or better for the course to count.
** Graduates must present at least 60 hours of graduate course work (among other requirements) to the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board in order to qualify for the Licensed Master Level Psychologist (LMLP).
NOTE: To begin a clinically related internship, you must first complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of "A" or "B", submit three (3) faculty recommendations in support of your seeking internship placement, and submit a completed internship application at least 60 days in advance of proposed internship start date. See the Director of Clinical Training for additional information.
1. A degree program must be completed with the advisor during the first semester.
2. Between completion of 6 to 15 hours of graduate credit, the student must file for degree candidacy. This requires that the degree program is on file. Degree candidacy must be approved before a student can enroll for thesis or internship hours.
3. Exceptions to the required coursework will be rarely granted. Such exceptions require the approval of the full Psychology faculty.
4. For Non-Degree Seeking Students: A student may not apply more than 12 graduate hours taken as a non-degree student to a graduate program in the Department. In addition, these courses must also meet the seven year time limit established by the Graduate Council.
5. For Applicants who have been Rejected for Admission: Before reapplying for a graduate program, an application must (1) complete all background deficiencies and (2) repeat undergraduate courses to raise the GPA on the last 60 hours to 3.25.
6. Applications for the Clinical Psychology graduate program are accepted throughout the year. However, for maximum consideration of financial aid, awards, and assistantship opportunities, students should have a completed graduate application submitted by March 1 (for a Fall Semester start date) or October 1 (for a Spring Semester start date). Students will be contacted about their admittance into the graduate program within one month upon the department's receipt of all required and completed graduate application materials.
7. Accepted students will receive with their acceptance letter a prestamped, preaddressed postcard requesting their "Intent to Enroll" in the program as soon as possible so they can make arrangements to meet with their assigned Advisor.
To request additional information about our Clinical Psychology graduate program please contact us at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/moreinfo.htm