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MS in Psychology – Clinical Track

Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology

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.

Practicum Option

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..

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Get to know the Clinical Psychology program

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 could this program impact my career?

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.

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.

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Why Clinical Psychology?

It’s rewarding to help people overcome their challenges

Why AUM?

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What kinds of jobs can I expect with the clinical psychology degree?

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.

What is the job market for graduates with this kind of degree?

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,

What skills or competencies do employers look for in this career field?

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.

As a psychologist, what might I do on a day-to-day basis?

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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How could your career change direction with this graduate degree?

Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

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. 

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

International student applications may take more time to process,
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Clinical Psychology
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Required Courses

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.

International student applications may take more time to process, please reach out to the OGI for more details and how to apply.

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