Dec 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Psychology - General Clinical [M.S.]

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The Master of Science in Psychology - General Clinical program operates within a theoretical framework that believes that, at its core, human functioning involves intra- and interpersonal processes that occur within a developmental context. The program’s coursework, clinical training, and research training emphasize an empirical framework in which clinical practice and science mutually inform each other. Within this context, the General Clinical Masters’ program has two overarching goals. The first is to train students in the practice of current, professionally accepted methods of psychological assessment and psychotherapy based upon various theoretical perspectives of personality and psychopathology. The successful student will be prepared for licensure and clinical practice at the master’s level in the state of Michigan. The second goal is to train students in the design and analysis of clinical research. Please see the program’s website for additional information.

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

Interested applicants will submit a PSYCAS Application . All admission requirements must be met by the deadline for your application to be reviewed by the department.

Application materials submitted to PSYCAS include:

  • Required Documents:
    • 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.
    • Writing sample (typically a research paper).
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • 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 and, if taken, the Advanced Psychology Exam score. GRE scores are not required for the Fall 2022 Admissions Cycle due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, if you have taken the GRE and would like your scores to be considered part of your application, you may submit official GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
 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.

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Department Information

Psychology | Natalie Dove, Ph.D., Department Head | 341 Science Complex, 734.487.1155,

Advisor Information

Catherine Peterson, Ph.D., General Clinical Program Coordinator, 361F Science Complex, 734.487.3383, 

Degree Requirements: 45 hours

The M.S. in Psychology - General Clinical requires the completion of 45 hours of course work to be distributed among required core courses, assessment courses, professional practice/treatment courses, practicum courses, and elective courses as follows:

Students admitted to the general clinical program must achieve a minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: PSY 731 , PSY 743 , PSY 751 , PSY 752 , and PSY 762 . 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.

Practicum: 4 hours

Students are required to complete a 500-hour practicum experience.

Restricted Elective Courses: 13-14 hours

In consultation with the graduate advisory, select 13-14 credit hours of psychology courses (PSY) within the department. Up to six credit hours may be selected from outside psychology department in consultation with a graduate program advisor.

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