Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology

Graduate study in the helping professions rooted in psychology and the Catholic tradition.

M.S. Clinical: Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology Program

The IPS Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Program will prepare you with the best empirical, scientific and clinical methods to fulfill your vocation to heal as a mental health professional and a leader in the field.

This intensive two-year, two-summer program includes a clinical externship and is designed to ground students in a Catholic understanding of the person and prepare them to effectively address today’s mental health challenges. Thus, the M.S. Clinical Program aims to enhance the professional opportunities for graduates at the master’s level. Applicants and students should be aware that independent practice in a mental health field is only possible with appropriate licensure credentials, as defined by the individual state boards. Because requirements for licensure as a master’s-level mental health professional vary from state to state, it is the students’ sole responsibility to ensure that they meet the specific requirements in their state of choice.

There are some similarities between the M.S. Clinical curriculum and the first two years of the Psy.D. program.  Both adopt as their training model a modified version of the Practitioner-Scholar model, which is based upon guidelines developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSSP). (To see the curricula for these programs click here.)

Six core goals serve as the foundation of the IPS program objectives and are embodied by the curricula:

1. Foundation in Psychological Science and Research

2. Integrity in Practice

3. Assessment and Diagnosis

4. Therapeutic Intervention

5. Professional Roles

6. Clinical Practice from a Catholic Integrative Perspective

Contact us today to learn more about our Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology, and see if this is the program for you.