Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Psychology (Clinical Community Concentration), Master of Arts

The Clinical-Community Psychology concentration is designed for the development of students who wish to study the empirical and theoretical foundations of psychology  with application  to a variety of urban  settings  broadly conceived  to include community, clinical, and educational institutions. Through a combination of coursework and field experiences, the student is prepared to qualify for positions in mental health and social services  agencies,  junior  and community  colleges, or similar functions in business and industry. Alternately, the student may pursue a plan designed to develop research competencies  which can be applied toward the investigation of problems of a psychological  nature, especially  those related to the improvement  of life in the urban community.

The Clinical-Community Psychology concentration requires 60 semester credit hours in addition to any undergraduate prerequisites needed. The first year is devoted mainly to preparation in basic foundation areas such as ethics and counseling theory, as well as laboratory work in assessment methods and counseling techniques. During the second year, the concentration includes a combination of academic work and supervised practice (a minimum of 450 clock hours) in an approved agency or institution. Upon completion of the concentration and an acceptable score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, students are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) from the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) or from boards in other states which have similar requirements.

Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Psychology is competitive. A student may be admitted to the graduate program if, in the judgment of the faculty, his or her qualifications indicate a strong likelihood of successful completion of the graduate program. It should be noted that not all qualified students can be admitted. Non-psychology majors or minors may be required to take undergraduate prerequisites before being considered for admission to the program.  The department  considers  the entire packet of information in the application for admission. Students are selected on the basis of their total record of academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and relevant experience.

Specific requirements are:

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in psychology coursework
  3. Application, vitae/resume, all college transcripts
  4. Personal statement
  5. Letters of recommendation (3)
  6. Application processing fee $50.00 Resident $75.00 International
  7. A minimum of twelve (12) semester credit hours of undergraduate psychology.

8. If international, a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper based test or 213 on the computer based test or 79 on the internet based test is required, an official IELTS score can be submitted in lieu of TOEFL in which case a minimum overall band score of 6.0 is required.

Core Courses45
Concentration Requirements15
Total Hours60

CORE Courses1

PSY 533Survey Psy Statistics3
PSY 539Human Growth and Development3
PSY 540Consultation3
PSY 541Psychological Assessment I3
PSY 542Learning and Behavior Management3
PSY 631Research Design3
PSY 632Theories of Counseling and Psychological Inerventions3
PSY 635Psychological Counseling, Interviewing, and Report Writing3
PSY 640Professional Orientation in the Field of Psychology3
PSY 641Social, Cultural, and Systemic Bases of Behavior3
PSY 643Psychological Assessment II3
PSY 730Eth & Legal Issues in Men Hlth3
PSY 733Physiological Psychology3
PSY 735Practicum3
PSY 739Psychopathology3
Total Hours45

Concentration Requirements

PSY 538Group Therapy3
PSY 636Cognitive Behavior Therapy3
PSY 736Practicum3
PSY 737Practicum3
Select one of the following3
Career Development
African American Psychology
Family Counseling
Addictions Counseling
Total Hours15

Please note that ENG 501 is required if the GRE Analytical Writing score is less than 3.5

The Comprehensive Exam is taken in the 3rd year.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
PSY 539 Human Growth and Development 3
PSY 632 Theories of Counseling and Psychological Inerventions 3
PSY 730 Eth & Legal Issues in Men Hlth 3
PSY 739 Psychopathology 3
Second Semester
PSY 533 Survey Psy Statistics 3
PSY 540 Consultation 3
PSY 541 Psychological Assessment I 3
PSY 635 Psychological Counseling, Interviewing, and Report Writing 3
Second Year
First Semester
PSY 542 Learning and Behavior Management 3
PSY 641 Social, Cultural, and Systemic Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 643 Psychological Assessment II 3
PSY 735 Practicum 3
Second Semester
PSY 631 Research Design 3
PSY 636 Cognitive Behavior Therapy 3
PSY 736 Practicum 3
Select one of the following 3
Career Development
African American Psychology
Family Counseling
Addictions Counseling
Third Year
First Semester
PSY 538 Group Therapy 3
PSY 640 Professional Orientation in the Field of Psychology 3
PSY 733 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 737 Practicum 3
*Comprehensive Exam is taken in 3rd year
 Total Hours60