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 practica which provide applications and "hands on" experiences associated with the specific course content.
The Clinical Psychology program accepts up to 30 students per year (Fall enrollment).
Conditional admission to the Clinical Psychology program may be granted for the first 9 semester hours of approved graduate study for students with:
Conditional status in a master’s degree program may be changed to regular status by earning 9 semester hours of approved graduate degree credit at Northwestern State University with a grade of B or better on all graduate work pursued. Failure to achieve regular status after 9 graduate semester hours will result in suspension from any master’s degree program.
Provisional admission to the Clinical Psychology program may be granted for the first 9 semester hours of approved graduate study for students with:
Provisional status in a master’s degree program may be changed to regular status by earning 9 semester hours of approved graduate degree credit at Northwestern State University with a grade of B or better on all graduate work pursued. Failure to achieve regular status after 9 graduate semester hours will result in suspension from any master’s degree program.
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 Assistantship Application
- Graduate application and payment of the nonrefundable $25 application fee. The application can ONLY be completed online:
Apply for Graduate School Admission
- Graduate Assistantship application:
Graduate School Letter of Recommendation
- Self-Statement (500-word, double-spaced, typed essay that discusses your personal goals and reasons for wanting to earn a masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University).
- Two letters of recommendation 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 ongoing basis; however, March 15th is the deadline for priority selection. Review of materials and admission into the program after that date will depend upon the availability of openings.
2. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities previously attended should be sent directly from the college or university to Office of Graduate Studies at Northwestern State University. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with 18 hours in Psychology including at least 3 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 University’s Institution Code: 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 and 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: