2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Degree Program—Argosy University, *Seattle
The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology degree program has been designed to educate and train graduates to seek employment as master’s- level practitioners. Argosy University, Seattle provides for its master’s degree program students an educational program designed to provide the necessary theoretical and clinical elements that will allow them to be effective members of a mental health team. The program introduces students to basic clinical skills that integrate individual and group theoretical foundations of applied psychology into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills. In addition, the program offers excellent preparation for those considering doctoral study.
*Note: Argosy University, Seattle is no longer accepting new students in this program.
Program Learning Objectives
The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program has been designed to educate and train students so that they might either be prepared to enter a doctoral degree program in clinical psychology or seek employment as master’s-level practitioners. The program is designed to provide a strong background in theory and to introduce students to basic clinical interventions skills. Students also receive an introduction to scientific methodology and the bases of scientific psychology. Specific goals of the program include:
The preparation of professionals who understand the foundations of Clinical Psychology in the history, concepts, and scientific bases of the discipline of psychology.
The preparation of professionals who possess a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in the practice of Clinical Psychology.
The preparation of professionals who demonstrate awareness, knowledge, and skills for competent practice and advocacy regarding diversity issues and commitment to relevant professional ethics and standards.
Eligibility for Licensure
Graduates of the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program may wish to pursue licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. The program curriculum includes courses in each area of study required by the state for master’s-level licensure. Additional post-master’s degree program requirements must be met prior to licensure. For more information and application materials to apply for licensure in the state of Washington, see the Department of Professional Regulation Web site at http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor/LicenseRequirements.
Master’s-level licensure varies from state to state. Students should determine the requirements for professional licensure in the state they wish to practice. The American Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) frequently publish information on issues of importance to professional counselors, including licensure, on their respective Web pages: www.counseling.org and www.nbcc.org.
Argosy University, Seattle requires certain undergraduate courses of all students enrolling in a graduate program in clinical psychology. Applicants should have completed the following undergraduate courses, or their equivalent, prior to their anticipated date of enrollment:
Theories of Personality
Students who have not completed these courses prior to admission must complete them no later than the end of their first semester after matriculation. Argosy University offers these foundation courses online. Please note that certain first-year courses may not be taken until the required foundation courses are completed.
Students who have completed one or more of these courses after being admitted to the program must submit an official transcript documenting their completion to the Student Services Department.
Students are encouraged to be enrolled full-time, which is defined as 9 – 12 credit hours per semester for fall and spring semesters, and 6 credit hours for summer semester. Students are required to register for at least 6 credit hours per semester during fall and spring semesters. The most effective way of achieving the program’s objectives is to take the theoretical and practical courses over a two- or three-year period in the order recommended by the faculty.
Additional Standards for Academic Progress
Students must make satisfactory progress towards a degree by maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. A grade of “NC” (“No Credit”) is considered as equivalent to a grade of “F” for purposes of academic warning, dismissal, or academic standing matters other than calculation of GPA. This applies to all courses that are graded as “Credit/No Credit” (“CR/NC”). All students must complete the program within five years after entry into the program. Students who take an approved temporary withdrawal from Argosy University will have five years plus the length of time that they were on the approved leave, not to exceed one year, to complete the program.
Students must take the master’s practicum no later than the third year after entry into the program. Students who receive a grade below “B-” in a core course must retake the course during the next academic year or sooner.
Students enrolled in the MA in Clinical Psychology degree program are required to complete 50 semester credit hours (44 credit hours of courses and 6 credit hours of practicum and practicum seminar).
To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:
- 50 semester credit hours which must be successfully completed by the end of the fifth year of matriculation. The total credit hours must include:
- 30 credit hours of core courses
- 12 credit hours of electives
- 2 credit hours of Professionalization Group
- 6 credit hours (one academic year) of practicum and practicum seminar
- Psychotherapy Competency Examination (which constitutes the integrating Final Project and is completed during the practicum)
- Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
- A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
The MA in Clinical Psychology degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 50 semester credit hours, distributed as follows: core course requirements, 30 credit hours; elective requirement, 12 credit hours; Professionalization Group requirements, 2 credit hours; and practicum and practicum seminar requirements, 6 credit hours.