Community Clinical Psychology and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

The Department of Psychology provides academic studies leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with two areas of concentration, Clinical-Community Psychology and School Psychology. The program requirement for graduation with the M.A. degree requires 48 graduate credit hours of coursework, 450 hours of practicum, and successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approves only the awarding of the M.A. degree in Psychology with no specialization. The areas of concentration are optional, and students need only to meet the prerequisite 48 semester credit hours and those requirements designated in the degree plan for successful completion of the program.

Community Clinical Psychology
concentration is designed for the development of students who wish to study the empirical and theoretical foundations of psychology with application to a variety of urban settings broadly conceived to include community, clinical, and educational institutions. Through a combination of coursework and field experiences, the student is prepared to qualify for positions in mental health and social services agencies, school settings, junior and community colleges, or similar functions in business and industry. Alternately, the student may pursue a plan designed to develop research competencies which can be applied toward the investigation of problems of a psychological nature, especially those related to the improvement of life in the urban community. The Clinical-Community Psychology concentration emphasizes theoretical and applied aspects of psychology and requires 48 semester credit hours in addition to any undergraduate prerequisites needed. The first of the two years is devoted mainly to preparation in basic foundation areas and some laboratory work in assessment methods and in psychological counseling techniques. During the second year, the program includes a combination of academic work and supervised practice (a minimum of 450 clock hours) in an approved agency or institution. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists or from boards in other states which have similar requirements.

School Psychology
concentration is designed for students interested in the theory and practice of school psychology. This concentration requires an additional 12 semester credit hours for a total of sixty (60) semester credit hours. The first year is devoted to preparation in the basic foundations of psychology, including assessment and diagnosis of learning, emotional and behavioral problems. The second year and summer courses include training in counseling, consultation, intervention strategies, supervised practice (150 clock hours), and an internship of not fewer than 1,200 clock hours, of which 600 must be in a public school. However, upon completion of this program and an acceptable score on the National School Psychology Examination, students may be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologist.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate programs in the Department of Psychology is competitive. A student may be admitted to the graduate program if, in the judgment of the faculty, his or her qualifications indicate a strong likelihood of successful completion of the graduate program. It should be noted that not all qualified students can be admitted. Non-psychology majors or minors may be required to take undergraduate prerequisites as a part of their first year of enrollment. The department considers the entire packet of information in the application for admission. Students are selected on the basis of their total record of academic achievement, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and relevant experience.

Specific requirements are:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Combined Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 286 (old GRE score of 800)
  • Application, vitae/resume, all college transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Application processing fee $50.00 and 75.00 for international students
  • An interview with one or more members of the of the department’s Admissions Committee.
  • A minimum of twelve (12) semester credit hours of undergraduate psychology, including at least one course in each of the following courses: abnormal psychology, statistics and social psychology.
  • A score of at least 213 on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if the applicant is a foreign student with limited English proficiency.

Conditional Admission

The Department of Psychology may grant conditional admission to applicants who 1) have not fulfilled the GRE requirement, or 2) do not have the proper sequence of undergraduate psychology courses required for master’s level training in psychology. Students admitted with conditional status will be required to meet all admission requirements by the end of twelve (12) semester hours of course work. Failure to do so may result in the student’s being dropped from the program.

Degree Requirements

In general, the departmental requirements for advancement to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree in Psychology are as follows:

  • Hold advanced candidacy status.
  • Have completed 48/60 semester units of graduate courses of which:
    - All must have been earned within the past 7 years immediately preceding completion of the requirements for the degree.
    - Not more than 6 hours may be transfer, extensions, and/or Classified or Unclassified Post-baccalaureate course.
    - Not more than 15 hours may be a combination of fieldwork and thesis/project when taken as individual supervision.
  • Have completed a satisfactory program of study as determined by the department with any substitutions approved by the Department Chairperson and/or the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences.
  • Have obtained at least a 3.0 average in all units offered as satisfying the requirements of the degree program.
  • Have successfully completed the Master’s Comprehensive Examination.


  • Completion of all required departmental examinations and prerequisites. (Student needs to document completion to the department.
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average or better in all departmental coursework and overall coursework.
  • Acceptance by the department of a proposed formal program of study.
  • Acceptance by the department of a proposed formal program of study.

Sitting for the Psychology Master’s Comprehensive Examination is highly recommended during the second year of study. The Masters Comprehensive Examination is offered twice a year, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. Departmental regulations allow students who fail the exam, only one opportunity to retake the exam.

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