Clinical Psychology - Master's Program

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Detroit Mercy’s Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology

We offer several unique features that create a distinctive learning experience for students.

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.

Two Classes Per Semester

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 Procedure

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the program should submit the following materials:

  1. Complete official transcripts mailed directly from the registrar of all colleges attended. If you were previously a University of Detroit Mercy student, please request your Detroit Mercy transcripts be sent to the admissions office early as this may take some time.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors or others who can speak to your professional (e.g., clinical, research) or academic abilities.
  3. A brief personal statement in which you describe your background, career goals, and your interest in applying to the Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology program at University of Detroit Mercy.

The application deadline is March 15 for admission to the fall semester.

All materials must be sent to:
Theresa Carson, Graduate Admissions Counselor
University of Detroit Mercy Admissions Office
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

Please note: After faculty members review applications, selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants who are invited for interviews will be notified via phone or email.

David Cameron Farr
David Farr '20,
Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology

"I am truly fortunate to have received my Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology from Detroit Mercy. Their excellent, caring and knowledgeable faculty coupled with the combined coursework alongside other master's and doctoral psychology students made my experience unique and valuable. The Clinical Psychology Master's Program equipped me with the knowledge and tools necessary to become a skilled psychologist and a better version of myself."


Graduate Record Exam (GRE) information, fall 2021

Due to limited access to taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, potential validity concerns of differential administration environments, and to ongoing stressors related to the viral pandemic, our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for the fall 2021 admission cycle. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications for the fall 2021 admission cycle. Applicants should NOT submit their GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements. If you have already submitted an application with GRE scores, we will not use the information for this application cycle.


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