Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice), MA
Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg
Roosevelt offers both master's and doctoral degrees in psychology: the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). The MA degrees are in the areas of clinical, clinical (counseling practice), and industrial/organizational psychology (including an option for combined IO MA/MBA). The PsyD is in clinical psychology.
This program is designed for those who are interested in clinical practice at the master's level. In Illinois (and in many other states), completion of this program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC and, later, LCPC). This is a 60 credit hour program that provides broad-based training in psychological assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that support these practices. This program also provides appropriate preparation for those wishing to apply to PsyD and PhD programs in clinical or counseling psychology. Those planning to apply to PhD programs should ensure they secure research experience within the program while they pursue their MA degree.
The Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for the professional counselor and clinical professional counselor licenses in Illinois, Roosevelt's home state, and in many other states. Students are urged to check with the Board that oversees these licenses in the state in which they intend to practice to ensure this curriculum satisfies the state's requirements. An index of State Licensing Boards can be found by visiting the National Board for Certified Counselors. Applicants planning for a career in professional counseling should be aware that Roosevelt University's College of Education also offers a program designed to prepare students for this profession, the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
It is recommended that applicants have completed the following prerequisite courses with at least a 3.0 (B) average: general psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods. Some students with undergraduate deficiencies may be considered for admission with faculty recommendation to complete one or more of these three prerequisite courses as a condition of admission.
Applications are considered for the fall semester (Chicago and Schaumburg campuses) and spring semester (Schaumburg campus only). Space in the Chicago campus is limited and applications will be considered as space is available.
For priority consideration for the fall semester, applications are due February 1. The final application deadline for the fall semester is May 1. The application deadline for the spring semester is November 1.
General GPA standards: Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average. No more than two grades of C+, C, or C- (six credit hours) will be counted toward the MA degree. For additional information concerning grading and academic discipline, see the general university regulations.
Time limit: Students are allowed six years in which to complete the MA degree and only courses completed within six years from the time the student enters the program will be counted toward the degree.
Competency requirement: The competency requirement is designed to ensure all students seeking the MA degree demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of general psychology. It is a prerequisite for all 600-level courses. The competency requirement must be met within the first 18 credit hours of graduate credit. Students who fail to satisfy the competency requirement within this time period will be considered for dismissal from the program. Students can meet the competency requirement in one of the two ways detailed below.
- GRE method: Students must earn a score of at least the 70th percentile on the psychology subject test of the Graduate Record Examination.
- Grade point average method: Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the following courses: PSYC 505 FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING, PSYC 516 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, PSYC 519 BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS, and PSYC 530 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS. All courses that count toward meeting the competency requirement must be taken at Roosevelt University.
Academic integrity: The Department of Psychology holds graduate students to professional standards of academic integrity. The Department considers actions that present the work of another as one's own to be unethical and inappropriate. Cheating and plagiarism are never tolerated. The department defines plagiarism as presenting the ideas or words of another as one's own. Students must follow the rules for appropriate citation and quotation of the words of others, as outlined in the current edition of the American Psychological Association's publication manual, in all papers and theses. Students who violate these standards regarding cheating and plagiarism will be considered for dismissal from the program.
Ethical, professional and interpersonal competency: Because the psychology programs prepare mental health practitioners, the department is accountable to the public regarding the development of professional and ethical behavior. Thus, in addition to the evaluation of academic performance, students will be evaluated regularly on appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior. Students who fail to meet academic standards, or fail to meet expectations of appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior will be considered for dismissal from the program.
Program Governance and Personnel
The Department of Psychology appoints a Program Evaluation Group to oversee the administration and development of the MA programs in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice). The PEG is led by the Director of Clinical MA Programs and is additionally composed of several other faculty members appointed each academic year. In addition, each year a student in one of the clinical MA programs from each campus is invited to represent student interests on the PEG. The PEG is responsible for decisions on student admission and for recommendations on student remediation or dismissal.
Total program is 60 credit hours. This includes six credit hours of practicum/internship experience, which may begin after the student has completed 36 to 48 credit hours of required program credit. The majority of students complete the program in three years. The term practicum and internship are often used interchangeably in the field. The internship consists of not less than 750 hours of professionally supervised training and service in an approved agency or institution, over a period of not less than two semesters. This experience satisfies the requirements for the professional counselor and the clinical professional counselor licenses in Illinois, Roosevelt's home state. As other states may have slightly different internship requirements, students are urged to consult the Board that oversees these licenses in the state in which they intend to practice.
Given the time demands of the internship experience, it is not possible for a student to maintain full-time employment during semesters in which the internship is completed. A student who has not completed the internship during the semesters in which he/she is registered for PSYC 697A MA CLINICAL INTERNSHIP and PSYC 697B MA CLINICAL INTERNSHIP must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the internship by registering for PSYC 697Y MA CLINICAL INTERNSHIP CONTINUED (zero-credit course). Internship placements are located in the broader Chicagoland area. Students are matched in various clinical settings that include but are not limited to: hospitals, community mental health and substance abuse centers, forensic settings, schools, psychiatric facilities, social service agencies, and private practices.
|CHS 417||CAREER AND LIFE-STYLE PLANNING||3|
|PSYC 505||FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 515||CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE||3|
|PSYC 519||BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS (with grade B or better)||3|
|PSYC 530||ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS||3|
|PSYC 570||BIOLOGICAL BASES OF BEHAVIOR FOR COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 580||LEARN BASES OF BEHAVIOR FOR COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 605||PROFESSIONAL, LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES||3|
|PSYC 606||HUMAN DEVELOPMENT||3|
|PSYC 619||ASSESSMENT IN COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 623||THEORIES OF COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY||3|
|PSYC 640||MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE IN SETTINGS||3|
|PSYC 641||COGNITIVE/BEHAVIORAL COUNSELING||3|
|or PSYC 642||PSYCHODYNAMIC COUNSELING|
|PSYC 645||MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 649||GROUP COUNSELING THEORIES & PROCESSES||3|
|PSYC 656||COUPLES & FAMILY COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 697A||MA CLINICAL INTERNSHIP (Semester 1)||3|
|PSYC 697B||MA CLINICAL INTERNSHIP (Semester 2)||3|
|One 3 credit hour elective||3|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
Your degree map is a general guide suggesting courses to complete each term on the academic pathway to your degree. It is based on the most current scheduling information from your academic program. Your program’s degree map is reviewed annually and updated as schedules change (although you retain the same course requirements as long as you are continuously enrolled in your degree program).
Always work closely with your academic advisor to understand curriculum requirements and scheduling, as each student’s academic plan can look slightly different. No more than two grades of C (not C-) may be applied toward the 60 hours used for the degree. A graduate course can only be repeated once; no more than two courses can be repeated.
|Fall||Credit Hours||Spring||Credit Hours|
|PSYC 505||3||CHS 417||3|
|PSYC 516||3||PSYC 515||3|
|PSYC 519||3||PSYC 570||3|
|PSYC 530||3||PSYC 580||3|
|Fall||Credit Hours||Spring||Credit Hours|
|PSYC 605||3||PSYC 640||3|
|PSYC 606||3||PSYC 641 or 642||3|
|PSYC 619||3||PSYC 645||3|
|PSYC 623||3||PSYC 649||3|
|Fall||Credit Hours||Spring||Credit Hours|
|PSYC 656||3||PSYC 4XX or higher||3|
|PSYC 697A||3||PSYC 697B||3|
|Total Credit Hours 60|