Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology
Graduate study in the helping professions rooted in psychology and the Catholic tradition.
M.S. in Clinical Psychology Curriculum
The Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology is a rigorous 65 graduate credit program that is designed to be completed in two years and two summers of consecutive full-time study, including a year-long externship. The program provides a broad-based clinical experience for therapeutic work and emphasizes the academic, practical and personal knowledge that will enable each graduate to become competent in diagnosis, treatment planning and psychological intervention with children, adults, couples and families while remaining consistent with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage, and family life.
A typical schedule for full-time students who plan to complete the program in two years and two summers would be as follows:
ACADEMIC YEAR 1
LIB 500 Library and Information Use and Research
PHT 502 Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
PHT 614 Practical Reasoning and Moral Character
PSY 500 History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 504 Psychological Measurement
PSY 507 Psychopathology
PSY 516 Basic Interviewing and Clinical Skills
PSY 597 Psychology Overview Seminar I (if required)
PSY 598 Psychology Overview Seminar II (if required)
PSY 609 Adult Psychotherapy
PSY 610 Child Psychotherapy
PSY 605 Developmental Psychology
PSY 819 Career Counseling and Development
PSY 680 Professional Roles & Clinical Competencies
in Counseling & Psychotherapy
ACADEMIC YEAR 2
PHT 535 The Catholic Vision of Spiritual Maturity
PHT 635 Theology of Marriage and Family
PSY 503 Personality Theories
PSY 512 Law, Ethics, and Psychology
PSY 608 Cognitive/Behavioral Assessment
PSY 611 Marital Psychotherapy
PSY 691 Clinical Practicum/Externship I
PSY 692 Clinical Practicum/ Externship II
PSY 827 Cultural, Religious, & Individual Diversity
in Clinical Practice
PSY 748 Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Abuse
PSY 820 Group Psychotherapy
JUNE DEGREE CONFERRAL
The advanced clinical experience in the form of a full-year externship in the second year of study provides opportunities for all M.S. students to apply and practice clinical skills under direct supervision of licensed professionals in a variety of mental health settings.
The thrust of the IPS M.S. in Clinical Psychology program is to enhance the professional opportunities for graduates at the Master’s level. Mindful of what is relevant to actually what is happening in our world right now, students upon successful graduation may be qualified to apply for licensure at the Master’s level in a variety of mental health capacities. Those interested in this program should be aware that licensing laws and requirements vary depending upon specialization and state, and should thoroughly research licensing requirements in their state(s) of choice.
Our faculty is comprised of seasoned professionals, many of whom also teach what they do for a living. This balance between the academic and clinical leads to a more realistic training experience. A further strength of the program is that students progress through the course sequence in a cohort, thus encountering the same group of students in each class. This setting serves as both a resource and a support group making this a more robust experience.