A master’s degree in psychology prepares students to work in a vast number of career fields. Some of these areas include mental health services, substance abuse services, vocational counseling, marriage and family counseling, education, and the military. A master’s degree in psychology will also prepare you for a licensed psychological technician. 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 completing and defending an original research project (thesis). Students can also inquire about completing both a practicum and a thesis. If the thesis and practicum options are both selected; the thesis option will primarily satisfy the graduation requirements, while the practicum will be supplemental and strengthen the academic resume.
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 and publish original research through a guided process.
The practicum option is recommended for students disinterested in completing a doctoral program. 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 of Science in Psychology, graduate students are required to successfully complete the graduate comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam demonstrates competency in material learned in the graduate program and prepares students for the licensing exam.
AUM also offers a Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Track..
Get to know the Clinical Psychology program
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.
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.
Employment options in psychology are greatly expanded when you have a master’s degree (and appropriate licensure), and could include working as a clinical psychologist or opening up your own counseling practice.
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.
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Common mental health job fields include substance abuse, vocational counseling, marriage and family, schools, military, rehabilitation, private practice, and more. Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us so we can get you the answers you need.
Overall, it’s very strong. The job demand for psychologists is projected to grow 8% between 2020 and 2030. The need for mental health counselors, school and career counselors, and rehabilitation counselors will each rise 23%, 11%, and 10%, respectively,
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.
It varies widely, but some of the tasks listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are: Conduct scientific studies of behavior. Observe, interview, and survey individuals. Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders. Discuss the treatment of problems with clients. Write articles, research papers, and reports.
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Earning this master’s degree can open up many new career possibilities.
Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry.
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Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology.
Master of Science in Psychology, Clinical Psychology Track
Contact the Psychology Department for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
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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.
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.
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.
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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Plan of Study – Practicum option
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We only admit in the Fall term and applications are due by July 1. Here are required application procedures and frequently asked questions. Please contact the Psychology Department with any questions.
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The application deadline is July 1st with applicants notified about admissions decisions by July 15.
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:
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.