Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
The Master of Science (MS) 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. Please go to UAA's Authorization by State website for information about licensure or certification in a state other than Alaska.
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.
Satisfy the Admissions Requirements for Graduate Degrees.
Forms and instructions are available on the Psychology Department website.
- Application deadline: March 1 for fall admission. This is the only opportunity for program admission each year.
- 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.
- 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.
- Submission of three professional letters of reference that address the applicant’s suitability for the program.
- Submission of Student Disclosure Form. See website.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|PSY A604||Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior||3|
|PSY A609||Applied Research Methods||3|
|PSY A611||Ethics and Professional Practice||3|
|PSY A612||Human Development in a Cultural Context||3|
|PSY A622||Multicultural Psychopathology||3|
|PSY A623||Intervention I||3|
|PSY A624||Group Therapy||3|
|PSY A626||Family Therapy||3|
|PSY A627||Community-Based Intervention Skills||3|
|PSY A633||Tests and Measurement in Multicultural Context||3|
|PSY A654||Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy||3|
|PSY A665||Psychotherapy Practicum||3|
|PSY A670||Psychotherapy Internship||6|
|PSY A681||Substances of Abuse in Alaska||1|
|PSY A682||Clinical Interventions for Substance Abuse||1|
|PSY A683||Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning||1|
|Complete 3 elective credits to be approved by advisor. Course options include:||3|
|Cognitive Behavior Therapy|
|Child Clinical Psychology|
|Advanced Topics in Psychology|
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.