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Master of Science in Psychology – Clinical Psychology Track
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A master’s degree in psychology with a clinical emphasis prepares students to work in a vast number of career fields. The training focuses on the three key components of psychological clinical science: assessment, treatment, and research. Career areas can include testing/psychometry, behavioral health service delivery, data analysis, advising education, corrections, and the military. The master’s of science degree – clinical track will also prepare you to become a licensed psychological technician in the state of Alabama. Assessment is what sets clinical psychology apart from the other mental health professions and is a lucrative career path, hence, assessment is a primary focus of our program. The AUM Master of Science in Psychology is a flexible degree track offering two options for completion. Students may graduate by completing a practicum or executing and defending an original research project (thesis). Students may also be able to complete both a practicum and a thesis. If the thesis and practicum options are both desired, the thesis option will primarily satisfy the graduation requirements, while the practicum will be supplemental and strengthen the academic resume, particularly for application to doctoral programs.

Clinical Thesis Option

Students planning to pursue a doctoral program are strongly recommended to complete a thesis. The thesis option is designed to help students learn to produce, present, and publish original research through a guided process with a faculty mentor.

Practicum Option

The practicum option is recommended for students interested in working in the field upon graduation. The goal of the practicum is to provide clinical fieldwork experience in a professional work environment. Without a practicum, students may find it difficult to obtain employment in direct clinical services career fields.

To complete the Master’s of Science in Psychology – Clinical Track, graduate students are required to successfully complete the graduate comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam demonstrates competency in material learned during graduate training and prepares students for the psychology licensing exam.

AUM also offers a Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Track..

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What is the difference between the practicum and the thesis option?

A practicum provides you with clinical fieldwork experience in a real-life work environment. A thesis is a guided research experience designed to help students learn to produce and publish original research.

Can I afford this program?

Tuition at AUM is more affordable than at many other universities. Plus, grad students can earn money and get work experience by competing for one of the graduate assistantships. We also have graduate scholarships.

How will this program impact my career?

Employment options in psychology are greatly expanded when you have a master’s degree and can include providing assessment and behavioral health services to communities in need.

As an international student, what is the process of admission?

Office of Global Initiatives welcomes all international students. Our staff is dedicated to serve international students as they transition to American life and become acquainted with various social, cultural and academic differences they may incur.

Why AUM?

Our differences are our strengths!

Award-Winning

AUM is honored to have received many national and regional awards over the years. U.S. News & World Report named AUM one of its Top Public Schools for 2021, and Yahoo! Finance honored us as one of the Most Affordable Universities for 2021.

Affordable

We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.

Close-Knit

AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.

Career-Focused

We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.

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Common mental health fields for graduates of this program include psychometrist, behavioral health specialist, data analyst, and mental healthcare administration. Many of the graduates from this program go on to successfully complete doctoral degrees as well. Contact us so we can get you the answers you need.

Overall, it is very strong. The job market for those in clinical psychology-related fields is growing at a rate of 10% over the next 10 years. These careers fields include assessment, education, advising, and research, as well as doctoral licensed clinical psychologists for those who choose to continue their education past the master’s level.

The American Psychological Association says that a psychology education provides skills and values that employers want, including: critical thinking, creativity, oral and written communication, integrity, collaboration, service orientation, and technological flexibility.

AUM’s clinical masters program provides training in the state of clinical psychological science with an emphasis on the 3 pillars of doctoral training: assessment, treatment, and research. Graduates from this program have been highly competitive candidates for admission to doctoral programs.

Application Details

We only admit in the Fall term and applications are due by July 1 with applicants notified about admissions decisions by July 15.. Here are required application procedures and frequently asked questions. Please contact the Psychology Department with any questions.

No. The Psychology MS program admits for the Fall term only. This is for both the Clinical and the Industrial-Organizational tracks.

Yes! If you do, you’ll also receive an admission decision early! Starting as early as February, all completed applications will be reviewed and admission decisions are made each month. Applications that are complete by the 15th of each month will be reviewed and admission decisions will be sent out by the end of the month.

To have a completed application, you will need all of the following:

  • Arrange to have all official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts from all Universities attended sent to AUM.
    • Official PDFs can be sent to: [email protected]
    • Mail Address: AUM Graduate Admissions, Auburn University at Montgomery, PO Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124
  • Arrange to have two letters of reference (one must be from a college professor) emailed to [email protected].
  • A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing our master’s degree and the Industrial-Organizational track specifically.
    • Submit this to [email protected]. Be sure your email includes your name and the track information (i.e., Industrial-Organizational track)

Note: Applications will not be processed or evaluated until they are completed with all of the components listed above. Applications that are not complete by July 1st will be not processed or evaluated for that year’s cohort.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this master’s degree, you have many career possibilities. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (or another source, if noted). 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
PsychologistMaster’s degree8% (As fast as average)$82,180
Substance Abuse and Mental Health CounselorBachelor’s degree 23% (Much faster than average)$47,660
Marriage and Family TherapistsMaster’s degree16% (Much faster than average)$51,340

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Available data represents job titles across industries and may not be specific to your job category.

Master of Science in Psychology – Clinical Psychology Track

Required Courses

To complete this master’s program, you will need to complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. The courses below are only a sampling of requirements. Contact the Psychology Department for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

Course #Course NameCourse Description
PSYC 6530 Advanced Abnormal PsychologyGain a working understanding of various disorders treated and managed by professional psychologists.
PSYC 6273Individual Intelligence Appraisal – IQ TestingGet supervised practice in the administration and interpretation of individual intelligence tests of children and adults.
PSYC 6290Research Statistics Lecture and lab course using statistical analysis for complex research design.
PSYC 6250Group Psychotherapy Learn the history of group therapy, aspects of group development, leadership styles, and more.
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At AUM’s College of Sciences, you will have hands-on learning experiences, working side by side with scholars and researchers using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology – Clinical Psychology Track

Modality

This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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