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Clinical Psychology

Master of Science Program

 

The Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology is designed for students who plan to continue doctoral training in Clinical Psychology or seek clinical employment at the M.S. level.  The emphasis is on clinical assessment, theory, application, and research.  The M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology requires 39 hours of course work, comprehensive examinations, an empirical thesis or paper-in-lieu, and a 300 hour practicum.  The therapy course has accompanying practicum which provide applications and "hands on" experiences associated with the specific course content. 

 

 

ADMISSION

 

The Clinical Psychology program accepts up to 30 students per year for Fall enrollment.

 

Admission Requirements

 

 

Regular Admission

Admission with Regular Status into the program requires:

 

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • GRE of at least 290 (combines verbal and quantitative)

 

 

 

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission to the Clinical Psychology program may be granted for the first nine semester hours of approved graduate study for students with: 

 

  • GPA of at least 2.5, but less than 3.0 and a GRE of at least 290 (combined verbal and quantitative)

                                OR

  • GRE of at least 280 (combines verbal and quatitative), but less than 290 and a GPA of at least 3.0

Conditional status in the Master's degree program may be changed to regular status by earning nine semester hours of approved graduate degree credit at Northwestern State University with a grade of "B" or better in all graduate work. Failure to achieve regular status after nine grauate semester hours will result in suspension from the program. 

 

 


Provisional Admission

 

Provisional admission to the Clinical Psychology program may be granted for the first nine semester hours of approved graduate study for students with: 

  • GPA of at least 2.5, but less than 3.0

                                AND

  • GRE of at least 280 (combines verbal and quatitative), but less than 290

 

Provisional status in the Master's degree program may be changed to regular status by earning nine semester hours of approved graduate degree credit at Northwestern State University with a grade of "B" or better in all graduate work. Failure to achieve regular status after nine grauate semester hours will result in suspension from the program. 

 

 

Application Requirements

Students interested in applying to the program should follow the proceeding process:

 

1. The following information must be sent by the applicant to the Office of Graduate Studies at Northwestern State University:

  • Graduate application and payment of the nonrefundable $25 application fee. The application may ONLY be completed online at: Apply for Graduate School Admission
  • Graduate assistantship application at: Graduate Assistantship Application
  • Self-statement: 500 words, double-spaced, typed essay that discusses your personal goals and reasons for wanting to earn a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University.
  • Two letters of recommendation (Letter of Recommendation Form) in sealed envelopes with the signature of the recommending person written across the seal and addressed to:
                                        Northwestern State University
                                        Graduate Studies & Research, Office of the Dean
                                        Natchitoches, LA 71497
  • Applications are accepted on an on-going basis; however, March 15 is the deadline for priority selection. Review of materials and admission into the program after that date will depend on the availability of openings.

2. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities previously attended should be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Studies at Northwestern State University. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with 18 hours in psychology, including at least three hours from each of the following areas: statistics, abnormal, and experimental.

 

3. The General Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required and applicants must instruct the Educational Testing Service to forward the scores to the Office of Graduate Studies. Northwestern State Univerisity's institutional code is 6492.

 

4. All applicants, for whom English is a second language (ESL), are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The scores must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at Northwestern State University. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the Director of Clinical Training. The applicant will be provided information about the interview process at the time of that contact.

 

 

The following link and documents provide information regarding the NSU Graduate School:

NSU Graduate School

Graduate Curriculum
Department of Psychology Academic Honor Code

Five Year Course Rotation