Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology


The overarching goal of the program is to prepare students to become competent practicing master’s level psychologists who are also prepared to pursue additional graduate study in psychology.

The program is designed to academically prepare students to apply for the State of Michigan’s Limited License in Psychology (LLP). Note: additional requirements for the LLP are completed by students after graduation from the program and do not fall under the purview of the program.

In keeping with the present climate in psychology, the program is broadly eclectic in its philosophical orientation and emphasizes scientifically-informed practice. In assessment and diagnostic procedures, contemporary psychometric methods are typically taught. In therapeutic practices, students will receive some exposure to several major theoretical perspectives, including psychoanalytic, behavioral, and cognitive behavioral.

University of Detroit Mercy's program has several unique features that create a distinctive learning experience for students. These include:

Coursework combined with Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology and Specialist Students in School Psychology
This combined course format enhances class discussions and provides opportunities for master’s students to gain knowledge of options for more advanced graduate study in psychology.

Part-time Curriculum
The Master of Arts with a major in clinical psychology is a 45-credit-hour program that offers training in basic theory and research, diagnostic techniques, therapeutic practices and professional ethics. Students receive foundational training in child and adult clinical psychology. The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis (6 credit hours per semester) for eight semesters year-round. Thus, students graduate approximately two years and nine months after beginning the program.

Excellent Practicum Experience
As a program, which has been in existence for many years, the MA program with a major in clinical psychology has many well-established practicum training opportunities throughout Southeastern Michigan. Students may elect to complete their clinical training in various settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, university-based counseling centers, and correctional facilities.

Solid Faculty
Students in the program generally take courses from full-time faculty with wide-ranging expertise. Our full-time faculty includes 8 doctoral-level clinical psychologists and 2 doctoral-level school psychologists, in addition to 6 faculty members who are doctoral-level I/O, developmental, or experimental psychologists. (see Faculty)

The Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology is a terminal master's degree. It does not lead to admission into the American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited approved doctoral clinical psychology program nor the National Association of School Psychology (NASP)-accredited specialist program in school psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy. Although coursework in the programs overlap with one another, the degree requirements for each program and the policies that govern them are independent from one another. Students wishing to pursue the doctoral degree or the specialist degree after completing the Master of Arts degree with a major Clinical Psychology are encouraged to apply to programs at the University of Detroit Mercy, as well as those offered by other universities.

Application Deadline is March 15 for Fall semester program entry.

Graduate Successes

Students who graduate from the Master of Arts Program with a major in Clinical Psychology fill a variety of professional roles, ranging from clinical practice to research positions to doctoral studies. In fact, 33% of 2016 program graduates matriculated into doctoral programs in various areas of psychology.

For More Information

For more information on admissions processes or degree requirements, please see the Academic Catalog.

Program Contact
Kristen Abraham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Master of Arts Program with a major in Clinical Psychology