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Psychology Department


MS - Psychology

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Psychology is intended to develop master's level professional competencies in either of two concentration areas in applied psychology. The two areas of study are clinical and industrial/organizational psychology. Typically, these master's degrees are considered terminal degrees in which the objective is acquisition of professional employable skills appropriate to the program area. Once students are accepted into one of the programs, their Program Coordinator helps them plan a program of study appropriate to their career objective. In the MS Clinical Program, the program of study is identical for all students, such that they meet California MFT licensing eligibility requirements. In the MS Industrial/Organizational program, programs of study consist of both required and elective courses. The approved program of study is then submitted to the University's Office of Graduate Studies and Research for its final approval.

Concentration in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology program is designed to provide the student with both theoretical and practical training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of individual (adult and children), couples', and family mental health problems, and to prepare the student to work in private or public service agencies, independent practice, community mental health centers, or hospitals. The required academic course work and supervised fieldwork of 50 semester units meets most of the course work requirements for the California State Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. An additional 2500-2700 hours of acceptable supervised experience is required for admission to the state MFT licensing examination.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Clinical Psychology program, you must:

  • 1. Meet all of the University graduate admissions requirements 2. Have a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) in Psychology OR any baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) and a minimum of 30 semester units (45 quarter units) in Psychology
  • 3. Have taken the REQUIRED six courses in psychology from the list provided below. These are to be included in the minimum 30 semester units (10 semester courses).
  • 4. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Psychology coursework AND a minimum of 3.0 the last 2 years of academic work attempted (60 semester or 90 quarter units).
  • 5. Provide evidence of a minimum of 100 hours AND one year of paid or volunteer applied clinical experience working with persons in a counseling/helping capacity (e.g., volunteer in home for emotionally disturbed children, juvenile hall, suicide and crisis telephone hotline).
  • 6. Provide three letters of recommendation. One reference MUST be from a former clinical supervisor. Additional references may come from former instructors and from supervisors of previous work in volunteer placements in the clinical field.

Undergraduate Courses in Psychology Required for Admission

  • 1. General or Introduction to Psychology (SJSU code PSYC 1)
  • 2. Elementary Statistics (SJSU code STAT 95)
  • 3. Introduction to Research Methods (SJSU code PSYC 18 or PSYC 120)
  • 4. Psychobiology or equivalent (SJSU code PSYC 30)

Each of the above four (1-4) may be taken at the community college or university level and may be lower division courses.

  • 5. Upper division course in Abnormal Psychology (SJSU code PSYC 110)
  • 6. Upper division course in Theory and Methods of Counseling (SJSU code PSYC 165)

Degree Requirements

General university requirements and procedures for completing the Master of Science degree are described in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition to these, the following departmental requirements must be fulfilled.

  • 1. The student must complete a total of 50 units in clinical psychology as specified in the table below.
  • 2. Candidates in must demonstrate satisfactory performance on one or more final comprehensive examinations. These examinations shall be written, oral or both, as determined by the program committee.
  • 3. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Competency in Written English" for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at http://www.sjsu.edu/gape.

Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirement of the Masters50
Core Courses45
PSYC 203A. Clinical Assessment I3
PSYC 208. Family Assessment and Intervention3
PSYC 209. Psychology of Contemporary Families3
PSYC 210. Advanced Psychopathology3
PSYC 211. Child Psychopathology3
PSYC 222. Gender and Ethnic Issues in Counseling and Therapy3
PSYC 223A. Clinical Psychology Theory I3
PSYC 223B. Clinical Psychology Theory I3
PSYC 224A. Clinical Psychology Practicum I3
PSYC 224B. Clinical Psychology Practicum II3
PSYC 228. Professional Ethics for Psychologists3
PSYC 232. Clinical Psychopharmacology3
PSYC 258. Methods of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 291. Method and Design for Applied Research3
PSYC 295. Substance Abuse, Human Sexuality, and Life-Span Issues for Therapists3
Field Work5
PSYC 243. Field Work in Psychology1-4

Total Units:50

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology program is designed to provide students with a fundamental grounding in theory, research, and application in the field of I/O Psychology and to prepare them to work in a wide range of settings including medium-to-large sized organizations, government agencies, human resources or management consulting firms, and large research organizations. The program places particular emphasis on the science-practitioner approach in which students understand and appreciate theory and research as they apply their knowledge and skills to the needs and challenges of organizations.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the industrial/organizational Psychology program, you must:

  • 1. Meet all of the University graduate admissions requirements
  • 2. Have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree
  • 3. Have completed a minimum of 30 semester units in undergraduate psychology
  • 4. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of all college and/or university course work
  • 5. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all college and/or university psychology courses taken
  • 6. Have taken the GRE Exam (General Test only), although we do not require a minimum score for your application to be considered.

Degree Requirements

General university requirements and procedures for completing the Master of Science degree are described in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition to these, the following departmental requirements must be fulfilled.

  • 1. The student must complete a total of not less than 30 semester units for the industrial/organizational concentration as specified in the degree below.
  • 2. Candidates in the MS Industrial/Organizational program must complete a thesis as part of their 30 semester unit degree requirement. The nature of the thesis is to be determined in consultation with a committee of at least three faculty members. The thesis ordinarily consists of a quantitative investigation or program design, trial and evaluation of some degree of originality. The topic should be relevant to the field of study in which the candidate plans to work. The thesis will generally constitute the final comprehensive examination.
  • 3. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Competency in Written English" for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at http://www.sjsu.edu/gape.

Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirement of the Masters30
Core Courses15
PSYC 240. Research Design and Applied Psychometrics3
PSYC 249. Field Work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 270. Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 271. Seminar in Personnel Psychology3
STAT 235. Multivariate Analysis3
Electives9
9 units of department advisor-approved electives
Culminating Experience6
PSYC 299. Master's Thesis or Project1-6

Total Units:30

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