Course Sequencing

Many of the M.A. Clinical Psychology students are recent college graduates, while others are working professionals returning to school. To accommodate all of our students, classes are held in the evening, during the fall, spring, and summer terms, thus permitting both full-time and part-time study in the program. Those wishing to pursue graduate work on a full-time basis, however, will find it necessary to begin their studies in the fall, since most of the clinical core courses are two semesters, which begin in the fall term.

Possible Course Configurations

Course Sequencing Guidelines

To design an effective course sequence for completion of the Master’s Degree, we have developed the following guidelines:

  • Clinical core courses (Psychological Assessment I & II, Advanced Abnormal Psychology I & II, Introduction to Clinical Intervention I & II) should be completed prior to doing the internship. The courses, Psychological Assessment I & II, demand the greatest background understanding of personality and psychopathology, so this component of the clinical core should probably be taken last, unless the student has a very strong prior preparation in these areas.
  • Electives are taken with permission of the instructor and after completion of the relevant clinical core courses.
  • The Major Paper, Case Study or Thesis can only be taken after Research Methods I and II have been completed, and after the student has enrolled in GPS 689 Research Seminar.

Full-Time Schedule

The following schedule is offered for possible configuration to assist in planning the completion of the degree. As long as the guidelines are met and the Seven Year Statute of Limitation is observed, students may sequence their courses to suit their individual educational needs and objectives.

Year 1, Fall:

  • Research Methods I
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology I
  • Introduction to Clinical Intervention I
  • Psychological Assessment I
  • Practicum I

Year 1, Spring:

  • Research Methods II
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology II
  • Introduction to Clinical Intervention II
  • Psychological Assessment II
  • Practicum II

Year 1, Summer:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Elective*

Year 2, Fall:

  • Physiological Dimensions of Psychology
  • Internship I
  • Research Seminar (year-long)
  • Elective*

Year 2, Spring:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Internship II
  • Thesis/Case Study**

Year 2, Summer:

  • Elective*
  • **completion of Thesis or Case Study if needed         

Only 2 electives are needed if you choose to do a Thesis or a Case Study. Electives are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Please note prerequisites for specific courses when planning your schedule.

Three-Year Part-Time Schedule

The following schedule is offered for possible configuration to assist in planning the completion of the degree. As long as the guidelines are met and the Seven Year Statute of Limitation is observed, students may sequence their courses to suit their individual educational needs and objectives.

Year 1, Fall:

  • Research Methods I
  • Introduction to Clinical Intervention I

Year 1, Spring:

  • Research Methods II
  • Introduction to Clinical Intervention II

Year 1, Summer:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Elective*

Year 2, Fall:

  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology I
  • Psychological Assessment I
  • Practicum I   

Year 2, Spring:

  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology II
  • Psychological Assessment II
  • Practicum II

Year 2, Summer:

  • Elective *

Year 3, Fall:

  • Physiological Dimensions of Psychology
  • Internship I
  • Research Seminar (year-long)

Year 3, Spring:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Internship II
  • Elective / Thesis / Case Study*        

Only 2 electives are needed if you choose to do a Thesis or a Case Study. Electives are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Please note prerequisites for specific courses when planning your schedule.

Five-Year Part-Time Schedule

The following schedule is offered for possible configuration to assist in planning the completion of the degree. As long as the guidelines are met and the Seven Year Statute of Limitation is observed, students may sequence their courses to suit their individual educational needs and objectives.

Year 1, Fall:

  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology I

Year 1, Spring:

  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology II

Year 1, Summer:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology

Year 2, Fall:

  • Intro to Clinical Intervention I

Year 2, Spring:

  • Intro to Clinical Intervention II

Year 2, Summer:

  • Elective*

Year 3, Fall:

  • Research Methods I
  • Practicum I

Year 3, Spring:

  • Research Methods II
  • Practicum II

Year 3, Summer:

  • Elective*

Year 4, Fall:

  • Psychological Assessment I
  • Physiological Basis of Behavior

Year 4, Spring:

  • Psychological Assessment II
  • Advanced Social Psychology

Year 4, Summer:

  • Elective*

Year 5, Fall:

  • Internship I
  • Research Seminar

Year 5, Spring:

  • Internship II
  • Thesis / Case Study*

Only 2 electives are needed if you choose to do a Thesis or a Case Study. Electives are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Please note prerequisites for specific courses when planning your schedule.

Need some help?

If you need assistance with your course sequencing, please contact:

Diana Hoppe, Clinical Psychology Program Assistant
dhoppe@smcvt.edu
802.654.2206

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