The Master of Arts Clinical Psychology program is designed to provide training and preparation for students desiring to deliver clinical services through community agencies and in independent practice. After completing the program and a two-year postgraduate internship, graduates are eligible to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of Florida (with the possible exception of the research/thesis option as described below). The program is a terminal master’s program offered at the UCF Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
This program is designed to provide training and preparation for students desiring to deliver clinical services through community agencies and perhaps independent practice. After completing the program and a two-year postgraduate supervised clinical experience, graduates are eligible to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of Florida (see SARA statement regarding licensure). A possible exception is the research/thesis option as described below.
The master’s program is concerned with the application of psychological principles to individuals. The two primary areas of emphasis include assessment or evaluation skills and intervention or psychotherapy skills, and the program curriculum is consistent with the educational criteria for licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida. Master’s program graduates have been involved in mental health service delivery through individual, marital, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as crisis intervention and other specialized therapeutic procedures. In addition, it is common for a number of students from each cohort to enter doctoral programs after graduating, and there are research and thesis opportunities available for students who are interested.
Steven Berman, Ph.D.
Interests: Research and clinical interests include identity development, identity distress, existential anxiety, positive youth development, adolescent and young adult clinical psychology.
Brian Fisak, Ph.D.
Interests: Research and clinical interests include anxiety disorders, worry, prevention, evidence-based interventions, child clinical psychology.
Ed Fouty, Ph.D.
Interests: Research and clinical interests include neuropsychology and clinical medical psychology.
Bernard Jensen, Ph.D.
Interests: Clinical, teaching, and research interests include cognitive behavior therapy, assessment and treatment of marital dysfunction, self-efficacy and athletic performance, and variables associated with exercise behavior.
Monique Levermore, Ph.D.
Interests: Teaching and clinical interests include private practice, consulting, psychological assessment and clinical supervision.
Karen Mottarella, Psy.D.
Interests: Teaching and clinical interests include adult clinical psychology, women’s mental health, academic advising and career readiness.
Megan Sherod, Ph.D.
Interests: Teaching, clinical, and research interests include assessment, therapy, and maximizing the quality of life for neuro-atypical populations. Web Contact: https://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/people/sherod-megan/
Jessica Waesche, Ph.D.
Interests: Clinical and teaching interests include adult clinical psychology, assessment, and diagnosis of mental illness, evidence-based interventions.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Clinical Psychology MA program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 43-49 credit hours of required courses, and 12 clinical internship credit hours. The program has two options: Applied Pre-Licensure/Nonthesis and Research/Thesis.
Total Credit Hours Required: 61 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Option 1: Pre-Licensure/Nonthesis
Required Courses: 49 Credit Hours
Internship: 12 Credit Hours
The purpose of the internship requirement is to provide the MA candidate in Clinical Psychology with comprehensive, practical-based experiences under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals. A public agency or nonprofit institution with nondiscriminatory practices is the prototype. The intern is assigned to an acceptable agency for a total of 1000 hours during three consecutive academic semesters (20 hours per week for 16 weeks during fall and spring terms, and 30 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer term). An additional commitment of two hours per week is required for the interns to meet as a group with a departmental faculty member for review, feedback, and discussions. A major portion of intern training is in the area of psychotherapy/counseling. The intern also engages in differential diagnosis and participates in a wide variety of psychological assessment procedures.
It is believed that supervision by qualified and experienced personnel is the primary learning mode by which the intern develops professional expertise and augments the classroom material previously acquired. Satisfactory completion (“B” [3.0 grade point average] or better) of the following courses is generally required prior to internship: CLP 5166 , CLP 6195C , CLP 6441C , and CYP 6942 .
The program director and clinical placement coordinator approve internship pleacements. Interns are provided with a system for maintaining accurate accounts of their activity during each week of their internship. In addition, both the intern and supervisor(s) complete an Internship Evaluation form each semester.
Option 2: Research/Thesis
The Research/Thesis option is available only with program approval. Students who choose this option may not be license eligible depending on the restricted electives they select. It is important for students to work closely with their adviser to determine the plan of study that best meets their academic/career goals.
Required Courses: 19 Credit Hours
Restricted Electives: 24 Credit Hours Required, 6 Credit Hours Optional/Additional
Internship: 12 Credit Hours Required
Thesis: 6 Credit Hours Required
- PSY 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours
Additional Program Requirements
For all students in the Clinical MA program, successful completion requires demonstration of academic and clinical excellence. Students who receive grades lower than B (including B- and grades of U in courses graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory) in six semester hours or more will be dismissed from the program. It is a program requirement that all course work with a grade lower than B be retaken and completed successfully, although both grades are still calculated in the GPA.
In addition to academic excellence, students are expected to demonstrate clinical skills and personal resources that are up to the demands of clinical work. At the end of each semester, students will receive written feedback from the faculty on the extent to which they are meeting the programs requirements and performance expectations. Student progress will be rated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Students who receive an unsatisfactory rating will be asked to complete remedial assignments as determined by the faculty. If the identified problems are not remedied and/or a second unsatisfactory rating is received, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Summer enrollment is required for all students in the program.
Comprehensive Exam and Case Presentation
The culminating academic experience for all students in the program (both options) is successful completion of a comprehensive exam and case presentation. All students must complete the comprehensive exam their final semester. The exam covers the core professional knowledge required by state licensing agencies. Students also are required to complete a written and oral clinical case presentation. Criteria for passing the exam and presentation are provided in the program handbook
There are several independent learning experiences built into the program of study that help to individualize the training program. The field experiences require that students, in consultation with the field placement supervisor and participating agencies, select practicum and internship placements, which will give them an opportunity to hone their clinical skills with supervision in an agency where they can work with specific populations of interest. During practicum and internship students will have the opportunity to present cases that incorporate an integration of assessment data and its interpretation, theoretical conceptualization, treatment planning, course of therapy, and available outcome data. This is done ensuring client confidentiality and the highest ethical standards.
All students engage in independent learning through their individual preparation for the Comprehensive Exam. Students who pursue the thesis option also engage in independent learning through the design and implementation of original research.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- A bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related area. A minimum of 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology courses are required as a prerequisite for applicants with a degree in a field other than psychology. Competitive applicants with degrees in related areas will have completed courses in the following areas: abnormal psychology, developmental or child psychology, personality theory, learning theory, experimental psychology, and courses in research methods and statistics.
- Resume or Curriculum Vita.
- Personal Statement describing the applicant’s experience, interest in psychology, and professional goals.
- Three letters of recommendation, with at least two furnished by instructors who are acquainted with the applicant.
Students are admitted to full-time or nondegree-seeking status:
- Full-time students complete the MA program in two calendar years (including summers).
- Students who do not maintain satisfactory progress towards degree completion will be dismissed from the program.
- Community professionals may be admitted to nondegree-seeking status in order to meet job or licensing requirements after consultation with the program director.
Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.
Admission into the clinical master’s program is competitive, with all information that might be available to the committee (e.g., GRE scores, GPA, letters of reference, personal statement, clinical experience, research experience, and interview performance) considered in admissions decisions. Many applicants who meet minimum university requirements may not be admitted to the program. A department admissions committee reviews each student’s credentials and may invite candidates for an interview. Final selection is based on both submitted credentials and the interview.
All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below. This program is offered at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.