Feb 20, 2019  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Psychology (Clinical Behavioral) (PSYB)

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Adviser: Michelle Byrd, Ph.D.
537 Mark Jefferson

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. 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 treatment skills.
  4. To offer opportunity for basic and applied research.
  5. To provide preparation for doctoral work.
  6. To enable program completion by night attendance only, or 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. Have an undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Have at least 20 hours of credit in psychology, including statistics and experimental psychology;
  4. Submit a transcript of GRE scores in which the sum of the scores for the verbal and quantitative sections is approximately 1000 or higher;
  5. Present two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program of study; and
  6. Submit a written account of their academic and professional history and professional goals.

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

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Admissions as stipulated in this catalog. A copy of the application should also be mailed directly to the Department of Psychology.

There are no admissions to degree programs in the spring 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.

Course Requirements

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:

Required Core Courses: 11 hours

Assessment (Evaluation): 7 hours

Treatment (Intervention): 6 hours

Elective Courses: 13 hours

Thirteen hours selected from psychology courses within the department in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Program Total: 45 hours


Students are required to complete a 500 hour practicum experience.


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 and PSY 627. 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.

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