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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Science in Psychology (Clinical Behavioral) (PSYB)

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This program prepares students for professional practice of psychology as limited license psychologists in Michigan, typically in such institutional settings as community mental health centers and private and public clinics and agencies, under the supervision of doctoral-level psychologists. Students develop a wide range of behaviorally oriented skills for assessment and treatment, such as functional analysis, relaxation training, stress management, and family intervention. The program stresses competency skills for employment as a master’s-level psychologist in community mental health centers, out-patient clinics, private agencies, substance abuse programs, state agencies for persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury centers and agencies for family and children. Students take courses that meet requirements for Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA). Graduates may also pursue advanced training at the doctoral level.


  1. To provide preparation for diverse employment opportunities in behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis.
  2. To prepare students to meet state requirements for licensing master’s level psychologists.
  3. To emphasize assessment and treatment skills.
  4. To offer opportunity for basic and applied research.
  5. To provide preparation for doctoral work.
  6. To enable program completion in two years for full-time students.

Admission Requirements:

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who meet all of the requirements for graduate degree admission status listed below:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Complete the Graduate School application;
  3. Complete a Department application (available on the department website);
  4. Have an undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  5. Have at least 20 hours of credit in psychology, including statistics and experimental psychology;
  6. Submit a transcript of GRE scores in which the scores for each of the verbal and quantitative sections is above the 50th percentile; and
  7. Present 3 letters of recommendation from faculty or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program of study.

Incomplete applications may not be considered. Credits earned under non-degree student status do not automatically apply to the requirements of the degree program.

There are no admissions to degree programs in the winter and summer sessions. After the admission quota for the program has been met, students will be placed on a waiting list, which does not guarantee admission unless spaces become available.

Department Information:

Psychology - College of Arts & Sciences

Carol Freedman-Doan, Ph.D.
Department Head

341C Science Complex
(734) 487-1155

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Thomas Waltz, Ph.D.

301D Science Complex
(734) 487-4852

Degree Requirements: 45 hours

The M.S. in Psychology (Clinical Behavioral) requires the completion of 45 hours of course work to be distributed among required core courses, assessment (evaluation) courses, treatment (intervention) courses, practicum courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows

Students admitted to the clinical behavioral program must achieve a minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: PSY 619, PSY 620, PSY 623, PSY 625, PSY 627, PSY 641, PSY 651, PSY 661, PSY 671, PSY 683, and PSY 684. A student who receives a grade lower than B in any of these courses may elect to repeat the class in order to meet graduation requirements.

Elective Courses: 9 hours

Ten hours selected from psychology courses within the department in consultation with the graduate advisor. The Department suggests but does not require the following courses:

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