Obtaining Your Master's Degree

The following contains information on obtaining a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Graduation Requirements

Candidate must

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the core areas of psychology by completing the following courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level (relevant courses offered at MTSU are listed in parentheses):
    1. group measurement/testing (PSY 4260/5260 or 6050);
    2. abnormal psychology (PSY 3230/5230);
    3. learning or cognition (PSY 4040, 4480, 5480*, or 6190*);
    4. social or developmental (PSY 2210, 2300, 4190, 4210/5210, 4610/5610, 6120*, 6130*, 6410);
    5. brain and behavior, sensation and perception, or research methods (PSY 3070/5070, 4780/5780, 4240/5240, or 4030/5030);
    6. basic statistics (PSY 3020)

      Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be counted as an approved graduate elective depending upon specialization.

  2. complete a total of 46 semester hours, including at least 33 hours in psychology. Only 30 percent of the total number of hours may be dually listed (5000 level meeting in conjunction with 4000 or 3000 level) courses;

  3. complete PSY 6280 (PSY 3020 or equivalent is a prerequisite for PSY 6280 and 6290), 6290, and 6640 (3 hours);

  4. successfully write and orally present a written thesis evaluated by a committee of psychology faculty in conjunction with PSY 6640;

  5. pass a written comprehensive examination prepared by the faculty in the student's concentration (may be taken no more than twice).

Steps in Completing Your Master's Degree

To receive your Master's Degree, you must complete the following within the six year time limit:

  • Complete the prerequisites as mentioned above
  • File a Degree Plan prior to completion of your first 21 graduate hours
  • Be positively evaluated by a committee comprised of Clinical psychology faculty
  • Successfully complete and present a thesis
  • Pass a Comprehensive Examination
  • Complete a total of 46 semester hours which include:
    • 22 semester hours of required core clinical courses (see below)
    • 3 semester hours of off-campus practica
    • 6 semester hours of statistics
    • 3 semester hours of thesis
    • 12 semester hours of approved electives in a specified track

Graduate Clinical Psychology Curriculum

Students must be admitted to the clinical program prior to enrolling in required clinical core courses. Non-degree-seeking students may not enroll in required clinical courses, except by special permission.

Core Clinical Courses (Required of all clinical students):

  • PSY 5470 Theories of Counseling OR
  • PSY 6841 Theories of Individual Psychotherapy OR
  • PSY 6080 Interventions with Children and Adolescents
  • (Psy 6080 must be taken for Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization)
  • PSY 6020 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 6100 Intellectual Assessment
  • PSY 6101 Laboratory in Intellectual Assessment
  • PSY 6250 Objective Personality Assessment
  • PSY 6280 Psychological Statistics: Regression
  • PSY 6290 Psychological Statistics: Anova
  • PSY 6510 Psychopathology
  • PSY 6640 Thesis Research
  • PSY 6690 Professional Issues and Roles
  • PSY 6801 Interviewing and Intervention
  • PSY 6851 Assessment Field Practicum (Clinical)


Electives: In addition to the core requirements and the research requirements, all clinical students must select one of three specializations within the major. Each specialization involves 12 hours of coursework. The specific options are listed below:

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