2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    May 09, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Clinical Psychology MA, Research Thesis Track

Colleges: Sciences Degree: MA
Department: Psychology Option: Thesis
Program Websites: https://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/graduate/ma-clinical/

Track Description

The Master of Arts Clinical Psychology Program is a terminal master’s program offered at the UCF Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The Research/Thesis Track is designed for students who wish to focus on clinical research and/or are interested in pursuing entry into a doctoral program following the completion of their Master’s degree. Students who complete this option are not eligible to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors upon graduation. Please visit the program’s website for more information, including a list of program faculty members and frequently asked questions (FAQs): https://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/graduate/ma-clinical/.


The Clinical Psychology MA Research/Thesis Track program requires a minimum of 38 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 32 credit hours of required courses, and 6 thesis hours. The curriculum emphasizes the development of research experience and skills. Further, the curriculum is designed to be flexible, with numerous elective courses to help the student pursue specific interests and to work towards specific goals. Students in this track work closely with a faculty mentor.

Note: This track is for students who wish to focus on clinical research and/or preparation for doctoral-level study upon graduation. Students who complete this track will not be license-eligible when they graduate. Completion of this track does not guarantee admissions into a doctoral program.

Total Credit Hours Required: 38 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Additional Program Requirements

For all students in the Clinical MA program, successful completion requires demonstration of academic and 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 skills and personal resources that are up to the demands of the program. 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

Summer enrollment may be required for completion of the program.

Independent Learning

There are several independent learning experiences built into the programs of study that help to individualize the training program. Students who pursue the research thesis track engage in independent learning through the design and implementation of original research in collaboration with faculty. They will work closely with a faculty mentor in relation to research and selection of electives. Further, although not required, students have the opportunity to take a clinical practicum in their second year in the program to gain clinical experience.

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

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 research interests, and how this specific program is a good fit with the applicant’s career interests and goals. Please see program website for a list of program faculty and their research interests and frequently asked questions (FAQs): https://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/graduate/ma-clinical/
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two provided 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 interview performance) and performance on the interview. More generally, the program faculty consider the applicant’s abilities, past performance, match between faculty expertise/research interests 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).

Application Deadlines

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 *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 1 Jan 1    
International Applicants Jan 1 Jan 1    

The Fall 2021 Application Deadline Has Been Extented to January 15, 2021.

*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.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Brian Fisak PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-708-2822

Graduate Admissions

Anthony Tufano
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
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PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

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Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
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Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241