The Master of Arts Clinical Psychology Program is a terminal master’s program offered at the UCF Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The Applied Pre-Licensure/Non-Thesis Track is designed for students interested in delivering clinical services in a variety of settings including community agencies and private practice. After completing the program and after two years of postgraduate supervised clinical experience, graduates are eligible to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) in the state of Florida. Please visit the program’s website for more information, including a list of program faculty members and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs): https://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/graduate/ma-clinical/.
This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-COS-Clinical-Psychology-MA-June2020-1.pdf.
The Clinical Psychology Applied Pre-Licensure/Non-Thesis Track requires a minimum of 61 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree, including 49 credit hours of required courses and 12 clinical internship credit hours. This track is for students primarily interested in clinical practice at the Master’s level upon graduation; however, some students in this track have applied to and gained admission into doctoral programs after graduation.
The 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. 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. Although research is not required in this track, students in this track do have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research with program faculty.
Total Credit Hours Required: 61 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
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 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 three 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 classroom didactics. Satisfactory completion (“B” [3.0-grade point average] or better) of the following courses is required prior to internship: CLP 5166, CLP 6195C, CLP 6441C, and CYP 6942.
The program director and clinical placement coordinator approve internship placements. 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.
Comprehensive Exam and Case Presentation
The culminating academic experience for all students in the program 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.
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 coursework 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 necessary to meet the demands of the program and for clinical practice. 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 remediation 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 this track.
There are several independent learning experiences built into the programs of study that help to individualize the training program. Students work with the internship coordinator and academic advisor to select specific practicum and internship placements. 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. Although not required for this track, students in this track do have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research with program faculty.
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. Completion of courses in abnormal psychology and research methods and/or statistics is strongly recommended. Other recommended courses include clinical psychology, developmental psychology, personality theory, physiological psychology, and psychology of diversity.
- Resume or Curriculum Vita.
- Personal Statement in which the applicant describes her or his experience, career goals and interests, and how this specific program is a good fit with the applicant’s interests and goals. Please see program website for a list of program faculty and frequently asked questions (FAQs): https://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/graduate/ma-clinical/
- Three letters of recommendation, with at least two furnished by instructors who are acquainted with the applicant.
Admission into the clinical master’s program is competitive and meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Members of the program faculty review each student’s credentials and invite competitive candidates for an interview. Final admission is based on submitted materials (e.g., GRE scores, GPA, letters of reference, personal statement, clinical experience, research experience) and performance on the interview. More generally, the program faculty consider the applicant’s abilities, past performance, match between faculty expertise and the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential to successfully complete the program.
Students are admitted to full-time status and complete the MA program in two calendar years (including summers).
All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below. This program is offered at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
|Clinical Psychology MA
|*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.