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Advising & Curriculum Overview

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more, prospective students should contact the academic program director, Dr. Christina Danko, via e-mail:

  • A 30-credit, 10-course graduate program designed to improve your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, career advancement readiness, and preparation for Ph.D. training. The program is designed for working professionals who desire advanced knowledge in clinical science to enter, advance, or expand their career options in the mental health field. 
  • Full-time students enroll in two 3-credit courses (6 credits) over the course of five 12-week terms. 
  • Program provides rigorous training in clinical psychology, including coursework in evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions, as well as state-of-the-art research methods and critical thinking skills.
  • 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.

In-Person Learning 

  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction. 
  • Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. 
  • Classes are held weekday evenings (e.g., after 5:00 p.m.) to accommodate the working professional’s schedule
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and research trends in Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Use the concepts, language and major theories of Clinical Psychological Science to discuss and evaluate approaches in clinical psychology and psychological research.
  • Understand methodology that is used for research in psychopathology and clinical outcome studies.
  • Critically examine published research to determine the strengths and weakness of this research and appreciate the limitations of published findings.
  • Understand ethical issues in clinical practice and research and the ethical standards to protect humans subject research participants and clients.
  • Summarize contemporary theories concerning the causes of mental disorders in children and adults.
  • Understand the general goals of clinical assessment and the characteristics of valid and reliable assessment instruments.
  • Summarize empirically supported approaches to the treatment of mental disorders.
  • Understand how culture and diversity are related to issues of mental health.
  • Understand various career trajectories within clinical psychology including issues in selecting and applying to doctoral programs.
  • Integrate published research literature on clinical psychology in a written paper.
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