Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology is designed to be responsive to the needs of a variety of Alaska mental health service settings and to meet prerequisites for licensing requirements at the master’s level in psychology for the State of Alaska. The MS allows graduates to pursue either the licensed psychological associate (LPA) license or the licensed professional counselor (LPC) license.

The goal of the program is to provide students with a well-rounded education that includes an evidence-based background in the best practices applicable to community mental health settings. The curriculum addresses local behavioral health needs in a context that is culturally-sensitive and community-focused. 

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Admissions Requirements for Graduate Degrees.

Forms and instructions are available on the Psychology Department website.

  1. Application deadline: March 1 for fall admission. This is the only opportunity for program admission each year.
  2. Undergraduate training in general psychology; statistics or research; learning and cognition or strategies of behavior change; clinical psychology; and psychological testing. Examples of UAA courses that meet these requirements are PSY A111, PSY A260 or PSY A420; PSY A355 or PSY A400; PSY A425; PSY A473. Alternative courses and/or experiences will also be considered. Students without an undergraduate degree in psychology must have all prerequisites.
  3. Submission of a letter of intent describing the applicant’s interest and purpose in pursuing the MS in Clinical Psychology. The letter should address the reasons why the degree is being sought at this point in the applicant’s professional development. See instructions on the website.
  4. Submission of three professional letters of reference that address the applicant’s suitability for the program.
  5. Submission of Student Disclosure Form. See website.
  6. Submission of a resume or vita that documents the applicant’s vocational and professional experiences, academic achievements, research accomplishments, special projects, recognitions, and other information relevant to the applicant’s qualifications for the program.
  7. Submit copy of complete application packet to the Psychology Department office.

Departmental approval for admission to graduate study is contingent on the applicant’s qualifications and interests and available space.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfy the General University Requirements for Graduate Degrees. Students must meet all applicable university requirements and achieve a grade of B or better in all coursework applied to the degree. Students are required to comply with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) ethical guidelines throughout program completion. Violation can result in immediate dismissal from the program.
  • Complete the program requirements below.

Program Requirements

PSY A604Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior3
PSY A609Applied Research Methods3
PSY A611Ethics and Professional Practice3
PSY A612Human Development in a Cultural Context3
PSY A622Multicultural Psychopathology3
PSY A623Intervention I3
PSY A624Group Therapy3
PSY A626Family Therapy3
PSY A627Community-Based Intervention Skills3
PSY A633Tests and Measurement in Multicultural Context3
PSY A654Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy3
PSY A665Psychotherapy Practicum3
PSY A670Psychotherapy Internship6
PSY A681Substance Abuse: Etiology, Treatment, and Assessment1
PSY A682Clinical Interventions for Substance Abuse1
PSY A683Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning1
Elective
Complete 3 elective credits to be approved by advisor. Course options include:3
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Child Clinical Psychology
Advanced Topics in Psychology
Thesis
Total Credits48

A total of 48 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology will be able to:

  • Apply a broad knowledge of contemporary psychology, with special emphasis in clinical psychology.
  • Master and specialize in clinical psychology in either
    • psychological research or
    • a clinical issue related to community treatment.
  • Demonstrate acceptable skills in research analysis (including writing and mastery of APA style).
  • Demonstrate competence in basic clinical skills sufficient to practice under general supervision.