Clinical Psychology - Master's Program

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Program Director
Kristen Abraham, Ph.D.

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
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Graduate Program

For questions about the program or open house,
contact Kristen Abraham, Ph.D.,

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 from 4-5 p.m.

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

We offer unique features that create a distinctive learning experience for students, including coursework combined with doctoral students in clinical psychology and specialist students in school psychology, personalized academic advising, and excellent training in psychological assessment. We admit students in a cohort which affords opportunities for the development of close professional relationships. Other unique features are discussed below. Successful completion of this program prepares students academically for the State of Michigan’s Limited License in Psychology (LLP).

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 and psychological assessment, 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

For many students, the practicum experience is a highlight of their training. 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 doctoral-level clinical psychologists and, doctoral-level school psychologists, in addition to faculty members who are doctoral-level, developmental, experimental psychologists and industrial-organizational psychologists.


Graduate Successes

Students who graduate from the Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology pursue variety of professional opportunities, ranging from clinical practice to research positions to doctoral studies. In fact, about one-third of program graduates go on to doctoral study in various areas of psychology following the completion of their master’s degree.

David 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."

Supriya Singh

Supriya D. Singh '20
Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Psychology

“The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program was set up in a way where we got to learn and practice various areas of psychology, such as therapy, research and psychological assessment. There is so much emphasis on clinical experience which has been great for my post-graduation work! My advice for students coming into the program is to keep an open mind! It’s hard to know what group you want to focus on until you actually experience it during your practicum.”

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.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) information, fall 2022

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 2022 admission cycle. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications for the fall 2022 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.

For more information on application processes, curriculum and courses please click here: 


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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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Erin Henze, NCSP, LP
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of the Specialist in School Psychology Program

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Elizabeth Hill
Professor Emerita
Professor of Psychology (retired 2021)

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Rachel Lee, BCBA, NCSP
Assistant Professor of Psychology

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John Porcerelli
Professor of Psychology
Director, Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic
313- 993-1442

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Miao Qian
Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Sarah Rowe
Assistant Professor of Psychology

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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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