2013-2014 Graduate Catalog: Master of Arts in Clinical/Community Psychology

The objective of the master’s degree program in Clinical/Community Psychology is to train psychologists in the knowledge and skills necessary to address problems encountered in modern living.  The program provides a foundation in the research methods and content of basic psychology as well as training in the applied skills of professional practice.  The relatively small, competitively selected student body receives individual attention from faculty members who maintain rigorous standards of academic excellence.

Students develop knowledge and skills in psychological assessment, learn various treatment and intervention strategies, and work with a variety of populations in consultation, evaluation, and research.  An extensive practicum component utilizes the Charlotte area as a setting for applied experience.

The program prepares students for the North Carolina psychology licensure exam and for positions in diverse settings such as community mental health centers, correctional facilities, and other human service programs.  We prefer to admit students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree.

Additional Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to graduate study in Clinical/Community Psychology, a student must present the following requirements in addition to those required by the Graduate School:

  1. Completed application by March 1
  2. 18 hours of undergraduate psychology including Introductory Psychology & Research Methods
  3. An undergraduate course in statistics
  4. Acceptable scores on the Verbal and Quantitative GRE
  5. The GRE subject test in psychology is recommended for applicants who were not psychology majors

Admission to the program is very competitive for the spaces available each year.  Most students who are admitted have much better records than the minimum required.  The primary Clinical/Community Psychology application deadline is March 1 for admission in the Fall semester, but if space is still available, late applications will be considered until May 1.  Students may not begin the program during the Spring semester.

Degree Requirements

The Clinical/Community Psychology program requires at least 48 semester hours of graduate coursework.  Full-time students should be able to complete the program in two calendar years.  A thesis and comprehensive exam are required.

Basic Knowledge and Methods in Psychology (14 hours)

  • PSYC 6102  Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6107  Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology (2)
  • PSYC 6999  Thesis (3)

and two courses (6 hours) selected from the following:

  • PSYC 6010  Topics in Learning and Cognition (3)
  • PSYC 6015  Topics in Perception and Physiological Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6020  Topics in Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6030  Topics in Social Psychology and Personality (3)

Clinical/Community Coursework (34 hours)

  • PSYC 6050  Topics in Psychological Treatment (3)
  • PSYC 6141  Intellectual Assessment (4)
  • PSYC 6142  Personality Assessment (4)
  • PSYC 6145  Applied Research Design & Program Evaluation (3)
  • PSYC 6150  Psychological Treatment (4)
  • PSYC 6151  Behavior Disorders (4)
  • PSYC 6155  Community Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6450  Practicum in Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 6455  Practicum in Community Psychology (3)

Or a second

  • PSYC 6450  Practicum in Clinical Psychology (3)
  • Elective (Selected in consultation with advisor) (3)

Hours beyond the 48 hours may be required by the academic advisor and the Clinical/Community Program Committee.  The faculty conduct a thorough review of student performance on a regular basis.  Continuation in the program is contingent upon a favorable review during these evaluations.  Students who consistently show borderline course performance, who are not developing good applied skills in the practice of psychology, who fail to complete coursework in a timely basis, or who otherwise perform unprofessionally or unsatisfactorily, may be required to complete additional courses or practicum work, or may be removed from the program.  The enrollment of a student who receives three grades of C or one Unsatisfactory (U) grade during his or her graduate career is automatically terminated.

Comprehensive Examinations

All students are required to successfully complete comprehensive examinations covering research design, ethics and knowledge of clinical/community psychology.  Students who fail the comprehensive exam twice are removed from the program.

Assistantships

A variety of resources are available for financial assistance.  These include teaching assistantships to proctor the general psychology laboratory, research assistantships from faculty grants, and graduate assistantships in other campus units such as the Learning Center and Disability Student Services.  These range in pay from $8,000 to $12,000 per academic year.

Research Experiences

Students are encouraged to become involved in ongoing research in the department, and they are required to complete a thesis.

Practica

Practica, involving practical experience working with human service agencies in the region, are a required part of the program.