Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Looking to pursue your dream of becoming a professional psychologist? The Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at Saint Michael's will prepare you for the career you've been waiting for. Beginning as an eager student, you will join a close-knit community of thinkers and leaders, students and mentors. From there you will embark on a year-long internship, gaining invaluable insight to the world of psychology.

Vermont is one of only a handful of states that licenses psychologists at the Master's level for independent practice. If you choose, you can also continue your studies in a doctorate program in clinical or professional psychology. Whatever your path, Saint Michael's will ensure you are well prepared.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program is a 60-credit degree program, providing opportunities for the in-depth study and analysis of both the research tradition of academic psychology, as well as the theoretical and case study tradition of professional psychology. We strive to provide a culture that respects individual educational goals and fosters intellectual, personal and professional growth. Our faculty provides graduate education and training in a personal and non-bureaucratic learning environment. All clinical courses are taught by highly experienced clinical practitioners, while our full-time college faculty teaches core courses in experimental psychology, social psychology and research.

The objectives of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program are:

  • To provide students with a solid theoretical, practical, and empirical foundation in experimental psychology, clinical assessment, and clinical intervention.
  • To provide students with an understanding of the social, ethical, and professional context of clinical psychology.
  • To prepare students for entry level positions in the mental health systems as professional psychologists.
  • To provide students with a firm foundation for doctoral level study.

The Clinical Psychology Graduate Program includes a first year practicum as well as a full year of internship work. Some practicum and internship sites include the Vermont Hospice, the Community Mental Health Centers, university and college counseling centers, public schools, community hospitals, the Visiting Nurses Association, the Department of Corrections, and individualized student-designed settings.

For the culmination of the degree program, students write a Major Paper or Thesis, or do a Case Study. For students beginning work on one of these, GPS 689 Research Seminar allows students to share their research and receive feedback and supervision on a continuous basis.

First Year Practicum courses, (GPS 608 and GPS 609), provide supervision, clinical training, and support for students participating in their first year practicum experience. It is required of all first year, full-time students. Part-time students must take this course prior to taking Internship. 

Internship, Ethics, and Professional Affairs Seminars I and II (GPS 610 and GPS 611) are required for all full-time students in the second year of study. Part-time students take the Internship course after completing Practicum. Students earn three credits per semester (for two semesters), and work 20 hours per week in a clinical setting. As a psychology trainee, a student’s work is under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist, and additional group supervision is provided once a week in the Internship course on campus.

Major Paper and Thesis

The Major Paper is an in-depth analysis of the theoretical, clinical, and experimental literature in a specific area of clinical psychology. It demonstrates the student's ability to synthesize, integrate, and critique the knowledge base of professional psychology, and contribute to the growth of that knowledge. The Thesis involves conducting a research study in the field or laboratory.

Research Seminar Guidelines

GPS Requirements

All classes are held in the evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on the Saint Michael's College campus. Courses meet one night per week for 2.5 hours, except in summer when they meet two night per week. The degree requirements are:

  • Completion of the General Core (15cr.)
  • Completion of the Clinical Core (21cr.)
  • Completion of the Practicum and Internship (12cr.)
  • Completion of Research Seminar (3cr.)
  • Completion of 6-9 credits of electives (depending on final paper option)
  • Satisfactory completion of a major paper or thesis (3cr.)
  • Total of 60 credit hours of graduate work
  • A 3.0 grade point average

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