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Turn Your Compassion for People into a Career
with an Undergraduate or Graduate Psychology Degree

You enjoy working with others, listening to them and want to help them through personal problems. You are fascinated by the reasons behind why people act and react to life's circumstances, and you want to understand yourself better.

Whether you are just starting out in your academic career, looking for a major, or you are looking for graduate school options, University of Detroit Mercy's Psychology program can take you from bachelor's to master's to doctorate. Detroit Mercy offers a choice of three undergraduate majors: psychology, developmental and industrial/organizational. The University also offers four graduate programs leading to advanced degrees or specialist certificate, preparing psychologists for professional practice. Close relationships with professional organizations provide you with valuable practicum internship experiences through onsite placements. The department's excellent reputation in professional communities also facilitates your employability.

The Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic provides both a valuable community resource, serving approximately 300 individuals annually, and a clinical experience for our doctoral students under the supervision of licensed specialists.

Undergraduate Programs

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    Major - Psychology

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Psychology

    Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It differs from other fields that are concerned with the human condition in that it uses the scientific method. Psychologists attempt to understand the workings of individuals, animals and groups. Psychologists work in a variety of settings including universities and colleges, clinics and hospitals, business and industry, government agencies, law enforcement and the military. Psychology can be an academic or research discipline or an applied science.

    The psychology major is for students who intend to pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree for entry-level employment. This major is designed to provide a strong foundation for graduate study.

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the 36-credit-hour program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.*

    * New students enrolled starting fall 2020 will follow a minimum of 120 credit hours.


    Major - Developmental Psychology

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Developmental Psychology

    The developmental psychology major is designed to prepare graduates for work in child and family programs such as child and adolescent development specialists, child or elder care providers, family services workers, parenting educators, child life workers and family relations consultants.


    Major - Industrial / Organizational Psychology

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    The industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology major serves as an excellent generalist foundation for beginning a career in business. The dual emphasis on business and psychology means that organizations can hire graduates who understand both human nature and the dynamics of organizational life.

    Graduates can expect to work in jobs that involve performing tasks related to human resource assessment, selection and placement, performance appraisal, job analysis and re-design, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and other activities related to human resources. These skills position graduates for leadership opportunities throughout their careers. Thus, the I/O major prepares students to become lifelong learners and proactive career managers, to maneuver effectively in their chosen career trajectories.

    Students will be prepared in the event they choose to earn an advanced degree, such as the Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts with a major in I/O psychology, both of which are available at Detroit Mercy. Other students may choose to use this degree as a preparation for graduate work in fields such as law and health care as well as psychology.


    NEW! Accelerated 5-year Bachelor's to Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts | Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Degree: Master of Arts | Major: Industrial / Organizational Psychology

    For ambitious, hard-working, career-minded incoming freshmen, the Psychology Department at the University of Detroit Mercy offers an option to develop as an individual and as a professional as you fully complete both a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Master of Arts with a major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in a five-year timeframe, over the course of 11 semesters (5 academic years):

    University of Detroit Mercy's Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program combines the breadth and foundational education of the bachelor’s degree with the specialized and applied program of the master’s degree to prepare students as individuals and as professionals. Students receive instruction in the fundamental components of a high quality undergraduate education from highly qualified and experienced full-time and adjunct instructors. The master's program uses best practice in presenting content and providing actual or simulated field experiences, and real world projects, to enhance student preparedness for transitioning to career employment.

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of study in the past decade. It applies knowledge and theory from various disciplines of psychology as well as sociology, management science, and law. Our approach is to help students develop as individuals by offering an integrated educational experience grounded in the core curriculum that focuses on building skills and knowledge. Our goal is for students to learn to work individually and with others both in the discipline and across disciplines to critically analyze and solve the practical issues in a complex modern work environment. You will develop key skills in this program including problem solving, the ability to make analytical judgments and the application of theory to practice in interdisciplinary contexts.

    In order to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years, you must:

    • Be very well prepared as an incoming freshman or transfer student;
    • Satisfy all the admission criteria (see below); and
    • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy, in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

    This program allows incoming freshmen to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees by being a full-time student for 5 academic years plus one summer (11 consecutive semesters). Juniors at Detroit Mercy and transfer students may be admitted into the program with the permission of the department and Dean’s office


    Minor - Psychology

    Credit Hours: 18

    The Psychology Minor Program is a minimum 18-credit-hour (6 courses) program designed to give students broad exposure to psychology as a scientific and professional discipline. This program is relevant to students pursuing academic majors which involve working with people, ideas, and/or social and communications systems including (but not limited to) nursing, biology, business, communication studies, law, philosophy, political science, social work, counseling, education, English, engineering and religious studies.

    Beginning with introductory psychology, students in the Psychology Minor Program are required to take courses from at least three of four content areas: Basic Processes, Development/Family Processes, Clinical Processes, and Social Issues/Group Dynamics.

    At the completion of the Psychology Minor Program, students are expected to be able to: discuss the role of psychology in interdisciplinary collaborations; demonstrate appropriate breadth of knowledge in selected psychology content areas; apply their broad knowledge of psychology to formulating career choices; and; appreciate the importance of lifelong learning for professional and personal development.


    Minor - Developmental Psychology

    Credit Hours: 18

    This 18-credit minor provides students with an overview of psychology across the lifespan. The Developmental Psychology Minor educates students in infant and child development, middle childhood, adolescence, and old age, as well as the dynamics of families and family life. Adding this minor to the undergraduate degree complements and enhances any major by providing an understanding of developmental psychology and the scientific method.

Graduate Programs

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    Clinical Psychology (doctorate)

    Degree: Doctorate
    Major: Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 96

    University of Detroit Mercy’s doctoral program in clinical psychology is a competitive course of study that trains you to provide psychological services to the community. Based on sound ethical standards and a thorough and contemporary understanding of research-tested psychological principles, your University of Detroit Mercy training emphasizes the inter-relationships among theory, research and clinical practice.

    Through sequential, gradual and cumulative training experiences, you receive the broad preparation essential to the practice of clinical psychology and for the development and execution of scientific research. The program consists of coursework, practice, research and scholarship.


    Clinical Psychology (master's degree)

    Degree: Master of Arts
    Major: Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 45

    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 that has been in existence for many years, the M.A. program with a major in clinical psychology has many well-established practicum training opportunities throughout Southeast 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 eight doctoral-level clinical psychologists and three doctoral-level school psychologists, in addition to six faculty members who are doctoral-level I/O, developmental, or experimental psychologists.

    Graduate Successes

    Students who graduate from the Master of Arts 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 May 2016 program graduates matriculated into doctoral programs in various areas of psychology.

    Application Deadline
    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 doctoral clinical psychology program nor the National Association of School Psychology (NASP)-accredited specialist program in school psychology at 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 in Clinical Psychology are encouraged to apply to programs at University of Detroit Mercy, as well as those offered by other universities.


    Industrial / Organizational Psychology (master's degree)

    Degree: Master of Arts
    Major: Industrial / Organizational Psychology
    Credits: 33 -- Effective for the fall 2020 semester

    The Master of Arts program with a major in Industrial and Organizational Psychology prepares students to function as “master’s-level I/O psychologist practitioners” (SIOP, 2000). Graduates are employed as external and internal consultants and provide quality professional services in a variety of human resource, organizational development, talent management, and other work settings. The program provides career-advancement opportunities for human resource professionals or entry-level positions for those embarking upon their careers. Although this program is a “terminal masters” degree program, a small number of graduates continue their education in I/O Psychology doctoral programs.

    The Psychology Department faculty is dedicated to implementing an Industrial/ Organizational Psychology program that provides advanced focus on psychological theories, principles, research, and their application to human behavior in the workplace.


    Specialist in School Psychology

    Degree: Specialist in School Psychology
    Credit Hours: 66

    The Specialist in School Psychology Program at University of Detroit Mercy is designed to prepare school psychologists who have a strong and broad-based knowledge of psychology and education, and enable them to apply that knowledge within the school setting. The program is part of the Department of Psychology, within University's College of Liberal Arts & Education.

Accreditation & Outcomes

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    Accreditation Status

    Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Clinical Psychology

    University of Detroit Mercy's clinical psychology doctoral program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association (APA), 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242.

    Specialist in School Psychology
    University of Detroit Mercy's Specialist in School Psychology program has received full approval/recognition from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This program follows the NASP 10 Domains Practice Model.

    Since 1988, NASP has been pleased to provide a national review and approval service for graduate programs in school psychology. NASP program approval/national recognition is an important indicator of quality graduate education in school psychology, comprehensive content, and extensive and properly supervised field experiences and internships, as judged by trained national reviewers. In addition, programs obtaining NASP approval allows for a streamlined process for program graduates to obtain the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. Thus, NASP approval/national recognition confers multiple advantages to programs, program graduates, the profession of school psychology, and, most importantly, to the children, families, and schools that we serve.

    Specialist level (60+ graduate credits) and doctoral level programs in school psychology are reviewed and approved by NASP by providing evidence of consistency with the NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists. The NASP standards provide the foundation for program review and approval.   NASP is one of the specialized professional associations (SPAs) of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), previously the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and conducts program reviews as a part of the CAEP unit accreditation process. CAEP accredits units (e.g., Schools of Education), not programs, but does provide "national recognition" status (full or with conditions) to NASP-approved programs in CAEP-accredited units. NASP also conducts reviews of school psychology programs that are not in CAEP units and that submit materials for review by NASP on a voluntary basis.


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Kristen Abraham
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of Master of Arts Program in Clinical Psychology

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Libby Balter Blume, CFLE
Professor Emerita
Professor of Psychology

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Barry Dauphin, ABPP
Professor of Psychology
Director of Clinical Training for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

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Emily Dowgwillo
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Associate Director of the Psychology Clinic

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Sharla N. Fasko
Associate Professor
Director of the School Psychology Program

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Erin Henze, NCSP, LP
Associate Professor of Psychology

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Cheryl Munday
Professor of Psychology
Affiliated Faculty, Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research

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John Porcerelli, ABPP
Professor of Psychology
Director, Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic
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Linda Slowik
Associate Professor of Psychology
* Department Chair, Psychology

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Carol Weisfeld
Professor Emerita
Professor of Psychology (retired 2018)

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Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster
Professor of Psychology
Director of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master of Arts Program

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Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic

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The Psychology Clinic is for Detroit Mercy students, staff and the community. A sliding fee scale based on your financial circumstances makes treatment affordable. Your sessions are completely confidential.