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The Master of Psychology Degree (PSY M)

Students who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.00 (B) in all course work taken following admission to the program are eligible to apply for  the Psy. M. degree at the conclusion of the first two years of study (i.e., at the conclusion of the summer term of their second year, prior to comprehensive examinations).  

Upon recommendation of the department and approval of the CCAS Graduate Office, the degree of Master of Psychology may be awarded to students who have successfully completed 56 credits in the PsyD program and all other requirements established by the Department.


Comprehensive General Examination

Each student is required to complete the Comprehensive Examination at the conclusion of the second summer semester of the program. A student who fails to pass any part of the General Examination may, with the approval of the program, repeat the examination at the next scheduled examination date. The Comprehensive Examination is a two-day test of assessment interpretation and knowledge and psychotherapy theory and application.

If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity to take the examination is permitted and the student's degree candidacy will be terminated.


Major Area Paper (MAP)

Starting in the summer of the first year, students consult with faculty and supervisors to think about choosing a case from their own clinical experience to more fully examine and write about as an in-depth clinical/theoretical case study for their Major Area Paper (MAP). Supported by all clinical coursework, supervision and advisors' input, the MAP is worked on during students' second and third years. It is to be completed and approved by the end of the summer term prior to internship. Students are free to consider papers written in second year courses as precursors that can be expanded into a MAP. 

Two readers review the MAP. The first reader is to be selected from the core faculty, and the second reader can be a member of the core, adjunct or clinical faculty and postdoctoral fellows. The first reader makes sure that initial drafts of the MAP meet the clinical and academic standards of the Professional Psychology Program and grades the MAP. The second reader reviews and evaluates the MAP at the point of completion of the first draft (mid-January). Both readers grade the completed draft. Students' academic advisors help in identifying appropriate first and second readers, and may serve as the first reader. First and second readers should be identified by July 1 of a student’s second year.


Four-Year Plan

Students may pursue their degree with a reduction of one course per Fall and Spring semester with the intention of completing coursework in four years. Students with a reduced load must take assessment and psychotherapy courses in the same sequence specified for students taking a full load of courses. Note that there are only two possible course loads: (1) full and (2) one course-reduction Fall and Spring. Students must follow one or the other consistently and cannot shift back and forth. Schedules of all reduced load students must be approved by their advisors at matriculation and again by their advisor and the faculty by the end of the first year. For whatever reason one adopts a “four year plan,” enrollment in practica is required in all four years.