Clinical Psychological Science

Plan | Outcomes

Plan of Study

The MPS-Clinical Psychology is a 30-credit graduate program designed to be completed in 15 months of full-time study.  Full-time students enroll in two 3-credit courses over the course of five 12-week terms, following the plan of study as outlined below. 

Courses are scheduled to meet weekday evenings at the UMD College Park campus. The program uses the term academic calendar:  I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer). See Approved Term Calendars for a specific academic year start and end dates.    

Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s online schedule of classes, Testudo.   

Plan of Study: Fall Admission, Full Time
Term Offered Year Course # Course Title Sections Begin With Course Credit Credits Per Term
I 1 PSYC622 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology PCC* 3 6
PSYC644 Basic Foundations of Clinical Interventions PCC* 3
II 1 PSYC624 Adult Psychopathology PCC* 3 6
PSYC625 Clinical Assessment PCC* 3
III 1 PSYC623 Child Psychopathology PCC* 3 6
PSYC630 Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Adults PCC* 3
IV 1 PSYC632 Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adolescents PCC* 3 6
PSYC650 Culture and Diversity in Mental Health PCC* 3
I 2 PSYC643 Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology PCC* 3 6
PSYC651 Writing and Critical Thinking PCC* 3

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MPS-Clinical Psychology, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and research trends in Clinical Psychological Science.
  2. Use the concepts, language and major theories of Clinical Psychological Science to discuss and evaluate approaches in clinical psychology and psychological research.
  3. Understand methodology that is used for research in psychopathology and clinical outcome studies.
  4. Critically examine published research to determine the strengths and weakness of this research and appreciate the limitations of published findings.
  5. Understand ethical issues in clinical practice and research and the ethical standards to protect humans subject research participants and clients.
  6. Summarize contemporary theories concerning the causes of mental disorders in children and adults.
  7. Understand the general goals of clinical assessment and the characteristics of valid and reliable assessment instruments.
  8. Summarize empirically supported approaches to the treatment of mental disorders.
  9. Understand how culture and diversity are related to issues of mental health.

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