The Master of Arts in Psychology program at Governors State University consists of two sequences: clinical and theoretical. You will acquire a strong theoretical base as well as learn assessment and research skills. Both sequences prepare you for advanced graduate degrees in psychology, and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.

 Developing Expertise

The Clinical Psychology sequence develops competent and creative professionals with the capacity to function in a variety of clinical venues, including research and academic settings. The sequence is based on the scientist-practitioner model that calls for psychologists to be trained as both scientists and  practitioners. You will develop proficiency in the content, theories and methodological approaches to psychology; the planning and execution of research; specialized knowledge of psychological dysfunction and treatment; psychological assessment procedures; and knowledge and observance of the ethical standards of the profession.

Outstanding Preparation

The Theoretical Psychology sequence provides you with a strong theoretical background in traditional areas of psychology. You will be well-prepared to pursue advanced graduate degrees in psychology. You may be employed in research units in business or the social sciences. Teaching opportunities may be open at the community college level. With a teaching certificate and a M.A. in the theoretical sequence, you may also be eligible to teach in high school.

Clinical Sequence

Clinical Sequence

The Clinical Sequence in Psychology is designed to develop competent and creative professionals who have the capacity to function in a variety of clinical settings, including research and academic settings. The sequence is based upon the scientist-practitioner model that calls for psychologists to be trained both as scientists and as practitioners. The faculty present balanced training and experience in research and clinical work. The program is aligned with course requirements for eligibility for examination for the Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois.

I. Required Courses (21 Hours)

  • PSYC 6110 Measurements and Evaluation (3)
  • PSYC 6160 Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6221 Psychopathology (3)
  • PSYC 6229 Seminar in Human Development (3)
  • PSYC 7240 Topics in Multicultural Psychology (3)
  • STAT 8260 Advanced Statistics in Behavioral Science (3)
  • PSYC 8549 Advanced Research Seminar (3)

II. Clinical Psychology Sequence (31 Hours)

Completion of the Degree in Psychology with the clinical sequence meets the course requirements for eligibility to take the Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor examination.

  • ADDS 5200 Screening, Referral, and Treatment Planning (3)
  • COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)
  • COUN 7730 Life Style and Career Development (3)
  • PSYC 7325 Introduction to Child Therapy (2)
  • PSYC 7320 Theories of Psychotherapy (3)
  • PSYC 7430 Psychotherapy Techniques I (2)
  • PSYC 7431 Psychotherapy Techniques II (3)
  • PSYC 8440 Group Psychotherapy (3)
  • PSYC 8463 Practicum in Psychotherapy (3)
  • PSYC 8920 Internship Program I (3)
  • PSYC 8921 Internship Program II (3)

III. Total - 52 Hours

Theorectical Sequence

Theoretical Sequence

The Theoretical Sequence in Psychology provides students with a strong theoretical background in the traditional areas of psychology. The program also engenders sensitivity to cultural and individual differences. Students with this sequence will be well-prepared to pursue advanced graduate studies in psychology (the Ph.D. or Psy.D. degrees). They may also be employed in research units in business or social services. There are teaching opportunities for persons with a Master’s degree in general psychology at the junior or community college level. With the addition of a teaching certificate, those with an M.A. in Psychology Theoretical sequence may be eligible to teach in a high school. The M.A. in Psychology (Theoretical Sequence) is not an applied degree.

 I. Required Courses (21 Hours)

  • PSYC 6110 Measurements and Evaluation (3)
  • PSYC 6160 Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6221 Psychopathology (3)
  • PSYC 6229 Seminar in Human Development (3)
  • PSYC 7240 Topics in Multicultural Psychology (3)
  • STAT 8260 Advanced Statistics in Behavioral Science (3)
  • PSYC 8549 Advanced Research Seminar (3)

II.Theoretical Psychology Sequence (13 Hours)

  • PSYC 6070 Topics in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 8950 Graduate Thesis/Project (4)
  • 6 hours of electives selected with advisor (6)

III. Total - 34 Hours

Admission and Program Requirements

Required Preparation

While an undergraduate major in Psychology is strongly recommended, students without a psychology background may be admitted to the major and enroll for courses. Students must show evidence of having completed the following prerequisites (or their equivalent): Personality Theories (PSYC 3310), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 3520), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3430), Social Psychology (PSYC 3345), Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3201), Research Methodology (PSYC 4750), and Statistics (STAT 4720). These courses may not be used to fulfill degree requirements for the M.A. in Psychology and may be taken at another institution.

 

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting university admission criteria, applicants must:

  1. Have completed, with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, no grade lower than a “C” and no more than two grades of “C,” undergraduate courses from a regionally accredited college/university that are comparable to Personality Theories (PSYC 3310), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 3520), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3430), Social Psychology (PSYC 3345), Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3201), Research Methodology (PSYC 4750), and Statistics (STAT 4720). Please note, these courses are prerequisites and may not be used to fulfill degree requirements of the M.A. and may be taken at another institution **.
  2. Have earned an average G.P.A. of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work **.
  3. Have a combined score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 302 on the Graduate Record Exam if taken after August 2011, or a combined score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 1050 if taken before August 2011**.
  4. Demonstrate evidence of satisfactory professional writing and analysis by one of the following: a grade of “B” or higher in PSYC3120 (Thinking and Writing in Psychology) or its equivalent, or a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General Test**.
  5. Provide a statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking a master’s degree in Psychology and his/her long-term goals (applicants should be aware that faculty also evaluate this statement as a professional writing sample).
  6. Ask three professionals/professors who can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities in the field of Psychology to complete and submit a Personal Reference Form.
  7. Complete a “Statement of Character” form.
  8. Complete the “Psychology Admission Checklist”. 

    Admission to the program is determined by the program faculty. Program faculty reserves the right to request personal interviews with applicants to the program. Application packets must be received by March 15 for Fall admission, or by October 15 for Spring admission. 

    ** Applicants not meeting one of the above noted admission criteria are eligible to petition for conditional admission to the program. Applicants choosing to petition should include a letter with the supplementary admission materials. Faculty recommend the letter, include discussion of the factors contributing to the academic achievement and why those factors could be judged by the faculty as successfully remediated. Faculty reserve the right to require additional coursework (for example, PSYC 3120 or other undergraduate psychology courses) as a condition of admission.


    Admission to Candidacy

    After admission as a degree-seeking student, a student must apply for candidacy. Application forms are available in the Division of Psychology and Counseling Office. Application for candidacy should be made within two weeks of the start of the semester in which degree candidacy is sought. To qualify for candidacy, a student must:

    1. Complete all preparatory courses listed above with the minimum grades required.
    2. Complete PSYC6110 , PSYC6160, PSYC6221, and PSYC6229 with a grade of “B” or better and submit core course candidacy evaluation forms for each course to the faculty.

    The candidacy committee will review the applications and inform students of their candidacy status within six weeks of application. Candidacy review is one of several evaluative steps to help ensure program objectives are being satisfied and student outcomes are being reached. Students should refer to the Handbook for Graduate Students: Master of Arts in Psychology for further details.


    Degree Requirements

    Students must meet all university requirements for a M.A. degree.
    In addition, students must:

    1. Maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better in each course and have no more than two courses with a grade of “C”.
    2. Receive a passing score on the program comprehensive examination.
    3. Receive positive endorsement from the faculty.

    Academic Advising

     

    The Division of Psychology and Counseling provides professional academic advising to serve the needs of all candidates. The academic advisor working with the M.A. Psychology program is Mrs. Maya Blackwell. Please contact the advisor with any questions regarding your program requirements or resources at GSU.

    To arrange an appointment contact Maya Blackwell at 708.534.4573 or email mblackwell@govst.edu.