Graduate Degree

Graduate Degree in Clinical Psychology

Why get a Masters Degree in Psychology from Washburn?

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The graduate program at Washburn University is undoubtedly one of the best Clinical Psychology programs.  Here's what makes us so great:

  1. Students begin interacting with clients in our clinic during their very 1st semester of training.
  2. Students receive training in empirically supported treatments, which is highly valued by employers.
  3. Students have a large number of internship sites to choose from for their off-campus clinical training.  We guarantee you an internship.
  4. Students are immediately eligible for licensure in Kansas as a Temporary Licensed Master’s Level Psychologist (TLMLP) upon graduation.
  5. Our graduates work at many mental health facilities throughout Kansas. These sites often prefer to hire Washburn graduates because they are familiar with the excellent training that they receive.
  6. Students receive clinical supervision from the same faculty who teach their courses in our training clinic (WU Psychological Services Clinic). This creates a seamless connection between what is learned in coursework and expectations in clinical training experiences.
  7. Our students who choose to go on to a doctoral program report that WU’s MA program did an excellent job preparing them for their doctoral work.
  8. Our program is currently ranked as #33 in the BestMastersInPsychology.com’s list of the most affordable small colleges for a master’s in psychology. Read more here.

Best Master's in Psychology Most Affordable 2016

Degree Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 60 hours, including:

  • Core courses
  • Clinical courses
  • Practicum Experiences
  • Supervised Internship
  • Thesis OR Empirically Supported Case Study

Recommended Schedule

A full-time student will finish the program in two or three years by following the schedule below:

2-Year Program:

1st Year Fall – Two Year Plan

Credits

PY 635 Ethics of Psychological Practice

2

PY 637 Diversity Issues in Assessment and Treatment

2

PY 610 Intermediate Statistics

3

PY 615 Counseling Skills & Interviewing Practicum

1.5

PY 625 Advanced Psychopathology

3

PY 670 Individual Adult Psychotherapy

3

PY 671 Psychotherapy Practicum II

1.5

Total

16 hours

1st Year Spring

PY 603 Advanced Health Psychology

3

PY 640 Introduction to Psychotherapy Techniques

3

PY 641 Psychotherapy Practicum I

1.5

PY 632 Psychological Assessment of Adults

3

PY 611 Graduate Research Design

3

PY 720 Seminar in Psychology

3

Total

16.5 hours

2nd Year Fall

PY 690 Group Therapy: Theory and Application

2

PY 633 Psychological Assessment of Children

3

PY 634 Psychological Child Assessment Practicum

1.5

PY 799 Thesis

3

PY 780 Internship

3

Total

12.5 hours

2nd Year Spring

PY 602 Advanced Physiological Psychology

3

PY 700 Child, Marital and Family Therapy

1.5

PY 701 Child, Marital and Family Therapy Practicum

1.5

PY 691 Group Therapy Practicum

3

PY 799 Thesis

3

PY 680 Internship

3

Total
15 hours

 3-Year Program:

1st Year Fall – Three Year Plan

Credits

PY 635 Ethics of Psychological Practice

2

PY 637 Diversity Issues in Assessment and Treatment

2

PY 610 Intermediate Statistics

3

PY 615 Counseling Skills & Interviewing Practicum

1.5

PY 625 Advanced Psychopathology

3

Total

11.5 hours

1st Year Spring

PY 603 Advanced Health Psychology

3

PY 640 Introduction to Psychotherapy Techniques

3

PY 641 Psychotherapy Practicum I

1.5

PY 632 Psychological Assessment of Adults

3

Total

10.5 hours

2nd Year Fall

PY 670 Individual Adult Psychotherapy

3

PY 671 Psychotherapy Practicum II

1.5

PY 690 Group Process Training

2

PY 633 Psychological Assessment of Children

3

PY 634 Child Assessment Practicum

1.5

Total

11 hours

2nd Year Spring

PY 611 Graduate Research Design

3

PY 700 Child, Marital and Family Therapy

3

PY 701 Child, Marital and Family Therapy Practicum

1.5

PY 691 Group Therapy Practicum

1.5

Total

9 hours

3rd Year Fall

PY 602 Advanced Physiological Psychology

3

PY 799 Thesis

3

PY 780 Internship

3

Total

9 hours

3rd Year Spring

PY 720 Seminar in Psychology

3

PY 699 Thesis

3

PY 780 Internship

3

Total

9 hours


Professional Ethics

Because the graduate psychology program involves preparing people to work with the public, the Psychology Department assumes the responsibility for reasonably ensuring that individuals who complete the program are not only academically competent but are aware of and capable of functioning within the established ethical standards of the profession. To graduate with an M.A. in Psychology, the student must adhere to the ethical principles of the psychology profession. Their ethical standards are presented in the following documents:

Ethical Standards of Psychologists Published by the American Psychological Association

Lindsey Jenkins

"I believe that having great mentors can make all the difference in a student’s professional development, and the professors at Washburn exceeded my expectations. With their teaching and guidance, I feel prepared for the next step in my career." -Lindsey Jenkins, MA in Psychology with Clinical Emphasis, May 2015

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Abby Bugbee

“I worked harder in my classes than I’ve ever had to in the past. Because of this, at the end of each semester, I truly felt a sense of mastery. Plus, working in the clinic allows you to take what you learn in the classroom and put it into practice. It’s such a great feeling to be in a therapy room and realize just how much you have retained from your coursework.” -Abby Bugbee, MA in Psychology with Clinical Emphasis, May 2015

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