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.

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:

3-Year Program:

First Year

Fall Semester

PY635

Ethics in Psychology  (Provorse)

2 cr hrs

PY637

Diversity in Psychology

2 cr hrs

PY540

Advanced Psychopathology  (Turk)

3 cr hrs

PY624

Theories of Psychotherapy  (Provorse)

3 cr hrs

PY515

Counseling Skills & Interviewing Techniques  (Boydston)

1.5 cr hrs

Spring Semester

PY510

Intermediate Statistics  (McGuire)

3 cr hrs

PY531

Psychological Assessment: Personality and Behavior  (Boydston)

3 cr hrs

PY550 Intro to Psychotherapy Techniques I  (Turk) 3 cr hrs
PY590 Techniques I Practicum  (Turk) 1.5 cr hrs

Second Year

Fall Semester

PY551

Individual Adult Psychotherapy Techniques II  (Provorse)

3 cr hrs

PY591

Individual Adult Psychotherapy Techniques II Practicum  (Provorse)

1.5 cr hrs

PY530

Psychological Assessment:  Intelligence and Achievement  (Boydston)

3 cr hrs

PY580 Assessment Practicum  (Boydston) 1.5 cr hrs

PY646

Group Therapy: Therapy and Application  (Provorse)

2 cr hrs

Spring Semester

PY511

Graduate Research Design  (Russell)

3 cr hrs

PY650

Child, Marital and Family Therapy

3 cr hrs

PYXXX

Child, Marital and Family Practicum

1.5 cr hrs

PY695

Group Therapy Practicum

3 cr hrs

Third Year

Fall Semester

PY699

Thesis

3 cr hrs

PY601

Internship

3 cr hrs

PY602

Advanced Physiological Psychology  (Gibson)

3 cr hrs

Spring Semester

PY699

Thesis

3 cr hrs

PY601

Internship

3 cr hrs

PY620

Seminar – Developmental  (Sonnentag)

3 cr hrs

 


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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