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Psychology Department

MS - Psychology, Concentration in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology 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 60 semester units meets the course work requirements for the California State Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license and most of the requirements for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license (see for requirements). An additional 2500-3000 hours of acceptable supervised experience is required for admission to the state MFT or LPCC 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 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 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. 1. General or Introduction to Psychology (SJSU code PSYC 1)
  2. 2. Elementary Statistics (SJSU code STAT 95)
  3. 3. Introduction to Research Methods (SJSU code PSYC 18 or PSYC 120)
  4. 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.

  1. 5. Upper division course in Abnormal Psychology (SJSU code PSYC 110)
  2. 6. Upper division course in Theory and Methods of Counseling, or Clinical Psychology (SJSU code PSYC 160, or 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 60 units in clinical psychology as specified in the table below.
  2. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory performance on one or more final comprehensive examinations. These examinations are both written and oral.
  3. The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements of the Masters60
Core Courses48
PSYC 203A. Clinical Assessment IGWAR3
PSYC 208. Family Assessment and Intervention3
PSYC 209. Psychology of Contemporary Families3
PSYC 210. Advanced Psychopathology3
PSYC 211. Child Psychopathology3
PSYC 212. Life Span Development3
PSYC 222. Gender and Ethnic Issues in Counseling and Therapy3
PSYC 224A. Clinical Psychology Practicum I3
PSYC 224B. Clinical Psychology Practicum II3
PSYC 225. Advanced Group Dynamics3
PSYC 226. Addictions and Treatment3
PSYC 228. Professional Ethics for Psychologists3
PSYC 232. Clinical Psychopharmacology3
PSYC 258. Methods of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 260. Crisis and Trauma Counseling3
PSYC 291. Method and Design for Applied Research3
Culminating Experience6
PSYC 298. Special Problems1-6
Students will take PSYC 298 twice.
Field Work6
PSYC 243. Field Work in Psychology1-6

Total Units:60