2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Degree Program
Argosy University, Atlanta; Argosy University, Chicago; Argosy University, Hawai’i; Argosy University, Northern Virginia; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Schaumburg; Argosy University, Tampa
The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program is designed to introduce students to basic clinical skills that enable them to serve the mental health needs of diverse client populations. The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program is designed to serve as a preliminary step for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. In addition, while the program curriculum is designed to prepare students for doctoral study, the theoretical and clinical knowledge learned in the program can be applied to independent practice under certain conditions. Depending on state requirements, the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program may help prepare students for licensure in psychology or counseling at the master’s level. Additional coursework and supervised post-master’s clinical experience may be required to qualify to sit for master’s level licensure exams. Master’s-level licensure varies from state to state. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the requirements for professional licensure in the state he or she wishes to practice. Refer to the campus-specific program descriptions for more information.
Admission into the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program or completion of the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program does not guarantee admission into any of Argosy University’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree programs.
The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program can be completed in as little as 2 years, but must be completed within 5 years.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy .
- Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.**
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
- Completed Application for Admission Form.
- Admission Application fee*** (Non-refundable, except in Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the Admission application fee*** is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.).
- Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
- Current résumé (or career summary).
- Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
* Admission to the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program does not guarantee admission to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program. Students wishing to apply to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program upon completion of the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program must meet the admissions requirements for the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program.
** Out of state applicants to Argosy University, Hawai’i may be given the opportunity to complete a telephone interview.
*** Beginning September 15, 2016, Argosy University will begin using Psychology Centralized Admissions System (PSYCAS). PSYCAS is a centralized application service supported by the American Psychological Association (APA) and Liaison International. Instructions on how to use PSYCAS and how your admissions documents will be uploaded and delivered to PSYCAS for processing can be found in the application: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/. As a result, Argosy University will no longer charge an application fee. Students should create an account for free on the PYSCAS web site https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/. Creating an account is free; however there is a $50 fee to PSYCAS for the first application. If a student is applying to other programs utilizing PSYCAS for the admissions process, an additional $35 fee is charged for each additional application.
The third party PSYCAS fee is not included in the estimate above. On very rare occasions, applicants with grade point averages below the stated admission requirements may be considered. All admission exceptions must be documented, recommended by the program admissions committee, and approved by the program dean.
Applications to Multiple Campuses
An applicant who wants to apply to more than one campus must complete a separate application and forward a full set of application materials to each campus.
Applications are accepted for fall admission.
All applicants will receive written notification of the Admissions Committee’s decision. Admissions Committee decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Accepted applicants are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $200.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition of the student’s first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.
To receive the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree, the student must fulfill the degree requirements of the campus attended. Graduation requirements include:
- Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study
- A minimum grade point average as defined by the campus of attendance
- A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
For more detailed information, refer to the program information published in the campus-specific program descriptions.
Students enrolled in the clinical psychology programs will receive a letter of academic warning for:
- Receipt of a grade of “F”
- Receipt of a grade of “NC”
- Receipt of a second grade below “B-“
In addition, students placed on warning may be referred to the Student Professional Development Committee (SPDC) and/or the Academic Affairs Committee for evaluation.
Other Reasons for Dismissal
Students enrolled in the clinical psychology programs are dismissed from the program for:
- Receipt of a second grade of “F”
- Receipt of a second grade of “NC”
- Receipt of a grade of “F” and a grade of “NC”
- Receipt of two grades below “B-” during the same semester
- Receipt of a third grade below “B-“
Campus-Specific Program Requirements
To review the program requirements for a given campus, click on the relevant link below:
Argosy University, Atlanta
Argosy University, Chicago
Argosy University, Hawai’i
Argosy University, Orange County
Argosy University, Phoenix
Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area
Argosy University, Schaumburg
Argosy University, Tampa
Argosy University, Northern Virginia
Gainful Employment Information
The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information for the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program offered at Argosy University: