Sep 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Psychology - Clinical Behavioral [M.S.]

This Master of Science in Psychology - Clinical Behavioral (PSYB) program prepares students for the 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, outpatient 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 the requirements for Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA). Graduates may also pursue advanced training at the doctoral level. Please see the program’s website for additional information.


  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 the 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.

Program Admission

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria and priority consideration will be given to those who meet all requirements

1) Academic ability as measured by Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing scores on the GRE. In keeping with other programs in the state and with national criteria, admission typically includes a minimum score around the 50th percentile on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a Writing section minimum score of 4.0. Scores on the GRE Advanced Psychology Test are not required and will not be used in decisions.

2) Achievement in undergraduate or graduate work. Undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Successful applicants typically present with higher GPAs.

3) Academic background in psychology. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 20 undergraduate semester hours in psychology, including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in research methods/experimental psychology.

4) Personal qualities that predict success in graduate study and in professional placement after graduation. To evaluate these, each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation. Personal qualities will also be evaluated in the context of an interview for those who pass the initial file review and are invited to the interview day(s).

5) Fit between applicant and faculty interests. A personal statement is required describing the applicant’s interests. We will be particularly interested in students who have had research and/or clinical experiences that are a good fit with faculty areas of expertise. ​

Steps for Admission

The admission process has two components: a PSYCAS application and an EMU Graduate School application. All steps must be completed and admission requirements met by the deadline for your application to be reviewed by the department. 

1) Program Application (PSYCAS)

Application materials submitted to PSYCAS include:

  • Centralized application
  • Personal statement (instructions available within PSYCAS) – 500 words
  • Essay related to fit with the program (instructions available within PSYCAS) – 500 words.
  • Diversity essay (instructions available within PSYCAS) – 75 words.
  • Official transcripts of all education beyond high school. Required for every institution granting credit. Transcripts must be submitted directly to PSYCAS. Transcripts sent to EMU will not be accepted as official and the application will not be considered complete. (Applicants should allow 2-6 weeks for PSYCAS to process transcripts.). For additional information regarding transcript submission please see the PSYCAS website.
  • Official GRE results, including Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing scores as well as the Advanced Psychology Exam score, if taken. If required, submit evidence of English language proficiency as demonstrated by official test scores on the TOEFL, TWE, or MELAB.
  • Writing sample (typically a research paper).
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

2) Graduate School Application (ApplyEMU)

 Questions and concerns should be directed to:

Psychology Department
Eastern Michigan University
341 Science Complex
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Completed applications, including Graduation Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts, must be received by February 1 for consideration. If the first falls on a weekend, materials will be accepted the next business day only.

Incomplete applications will 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 may be placed on a waiting list, which does not guarantee admission unless spaces become available.

Eastern Michigan University and the Psychology Department reserve the right to change any statement in this program concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses.

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Department Information

Psychology | Ellen Koch, Ph.D., Department Head | 341C Science Complex, 734.487.1155,

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 all courses applied to the degree. A student who receives a grade lower than “B” in any courses may elect to repeat the class once in order to meet graduation requirements.