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The Department of Psychology offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. The program offers intensive training in psychotherapy, research, and the assessment and conceptualization of psychological functioning. The program provides training in empirically supported therapies with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral and contextual behavioral science treatments and approaches. Faculty expertise includes training in:

  • Behavioral activation.
  • Exposure-based therapies for anxiety disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  • Relational frame theory-based approach to human language and cognition.
  • Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy.
  • Behavioral parent training.
  • Dynamic Maturational approach to attachment.
  • David Barlow’s Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders.

Each MSU clinical faculty member maintains an active research lab in which graduate students are encouraged to take an active role. Please see the faculty profiles for a description of research programs and ongoing research studies.

This academically rigorous 60-credit hour program prepares you for a career in mental health as a licensed psychological associate or psychological practitioner in Kentucky, for various other professional licensures in other states, or for doctoral study in clinical Ph.D., Psy.D. and other applied psychology doctoral programs.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April, 2011 through April, 2022. The program was placed on probation in September 2021 for not meeting standards at the time of the application for re-accreditation. See


Program Requirements

Master of Science in Psychology-Clinical Psychology Curriculum Map
Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. Completion of at least 18 semester hours in psychology, including courses in Psychological research methods, psychological statistics, and at least one course in Clinical Psychology or a closely related course (ex., Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology, Applied Behavior Analysis). Please contact the program with questions regarding course requirements.
  3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 preferred, minimum of 3.0 required.
  4. Preferred minimum GRE scores of 151 for verbal reasoning and 148 for quantitative reasoning.
  5. Adequate interpersonal skills and personal maturity, as measured by a personal interview by the clinical psychology faculty. In cases where an applicant resides noncontiguously to MSU, a telephone interview may be substituted for the personal interview.
  6. Three excellent letters of recommendation, two of which are to be from faculty in the applicant's major department.  Recommendation Form
  7. Submission of an acceptable statement of purpose by the student outlining their reasons for seeking graduate level training in clinical or counseling psychology.

Enrollment in the master's degree program is limited and admission is highly competitive. Students are only accepted for the fall semester. Applications are accepted until all of the openings have been filled. Review of submitted applications will begin on March 1, and offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by April 25. Graduate assistantships will be distributed in order of admittance. Applicants are expected to start the program in the fall semester, except in exceptional circumstances. Students who lack prerequisite courses may be conditionally admitted to the program. However, credit for course work required in order to gain unconditional admission is not applied toward the M.S. degree requirements. The conditionally admitted student meets with his or her advisor and gives immediate priority to remediating the admissions deficiencies. Students conditionally admitted who do not meet the admissions conditions by the end of their second semester in the program will be dropped from the program. Such individuals may reapply for admission to the graduate program upon remediation of all prior admissions conditions.
Students who do not have satisfactory GPA or GRE scores are rarely admitted and only if there is sufficient evidence of probability of success in the program. This judgment would be based on factors such as previous related work experience, a satisfactory score on the MAT or other indices normally associated with success on the part of students in graduate study in psychology.


Career Opportunities

Graduates with a master's degree in Psychology pursue a wide variety of careers in academia, public and private mental health facilities and more. For more information about careers in psychology, visit the American Psychological Association's "Careers in Psychology" page or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

CONTACT US: If you have questions about the MS in Clinical Psychology please contact Dr. J.T. Blackledge, co-director of clinical training (