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MPS in Clinical Psychological Science

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Overview | Advising | Plan of Study

Program Overview

The Master of Professional Studies in Clinical Psychological Science is a 30-credit program that features seminar-style, face to face learning within a 12-week term calendar format. The program is designed to improve your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, career advancement readiness, and preparation for Ph.D. training. Students receive advanced training in research methods, the ethics involved in conducting clinical research and practice, clinical measurement and assessment, and the impact of culture on mental health.

The MPS is offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. The program may be completed in as little as 15 months while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. Instruction is provided by Department of Psychology faculty and experts in the field at the College Park campus. In-class lectures are complemented by assignments, supplementary materials, and faculty “office hours” offered online. For more program information, click here.

Program Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet regularly with faculty and the program director to ensure that they are meeting their educational and vocational goals. Prospective students are urged to consult with the program academic advisor, Andrea M Chisolm via e-mail at chisolm@umd.edu for further information.

Plan of Study

The 30-credit program is designed to be completed in 15 months over the course of five 12-week terms. The program includes ten 3-credit courses and full-time students, admitted as a cohort, take two courses (6 credits) per term. Students may also enroll part-time, completing one course (3 credits) per term, with the exception of one term in which they complete two courses.

Students should visit Calendars & Deadlines to determine the term schedule start and end dates as well as deadlines for cancellation or withdrawal. In a 12-week term, students complete course work in 11 weeks; week 12 is reserved for finals. Each course requires approximately three hours of in class instruction per week with additional work outside of traditional instruction. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.

MPS in Clinical Psychological Science: Plan of Study
Course Title Term Offered
PSYC622 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I (Fall)
PSYC644 Basic Foundations of Clinical Interventions I (Fall)
PSYC624 Adult Psychopathology II (Winter)
PSYC625 Clinical Assessment II (Winter)
PSYC623 Child Psychopathology III (Spring)
PSYC630 Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Adults III (Spring)
PSYC632 Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adolescents IV (Summer)
PSYC650 Culture and Diversity in Mental Health IV (Summer)
PSYC643 Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology V (Fall)
PSYC651 Writing and Critical Thinking V (Fall)

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