Focus on the intellectual, emotional, and biological aspects of human behavior and learn to foster psychological health in individuals, families, groups, and organizations.

Advance your career by studying current theory and practices associated with major human behavior. In Walden’s clinical psychology graduate program, you will be positioned to work with diverse individuals in a broad range of settings, including healthcare, education, government, and business environments. Coursework in this clinical psychology master’s program offers an excellent foundation for pursuing clinical psychology  and applying theory and research as a clinical psychology professional.

For international students who may need a master’s degree to practice psychology in their home countries, Walden’s M.S. in Clinical Psychology provides the opportunity to become practitioners without requiring a U.S.-based residency requirement. For both international and U.S.-based students, supervised field practicum provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make a difference in their own communities.

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In this clinical psychology degree program, you can choose the General Program or a specialization in Counseling.

International applicants should contact an enrollment advisor to review requirements and completion options. The M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling can augment the general degree in international settings where there are additional requirements of field placement and content areas specialized to practice.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice at the master’s level. Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may also qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University M.S. in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body, which is a requirement for licensure in some states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which he/she intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the learner to obtain licensure.

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General Program

Explore the complexities of human behavior with Walden’s M.S. in Clinical Psychology program. By focusing on coursework that emphasizes current research, you can gain the skills to promote psychological health in individuals, families, and organizations. Study the theories and research associated with human behavior as you position yourself to pursue a Ph.D. or to work in a range of settings, including healthcare, education, and government.

Completion Requirements

  • 56–59 total quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.) 
    • Core courses (49 cr.) 
    • Practicum* (6–9 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as two years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

*You can elect to take CPSY 6900 Master’s Practicum III (3 credits) after CPSY 6800 Master’s Practicum II. CPSY 6900 is an optional course for those students whose state requirements require additional practicum hours.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

Counseling

Gain insight into the various models of counseling including group; substance abuse; career; and couples, marriage, and family counseling, by pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling. You will be prepared to work with diverse populations across a variety of settings and begin to develop a professional identity as you gain an understanding of the role of counseling in the wider field of clinical psychology.

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to apply for licensure as a professional counselor or for limited practice in psychology in some states. The M.S. in Clinical Psychology program with a specialization in Counseling also offers an excellent foundation for further psychological doctoral study, which is generally required for licensure as a clinical psychologist.

Completion Requirements

  • 91–94 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (54 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Practicum (6-9* cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Elective Courses

Choose two elective courses from any other graduate program in the School of Psychology.

*You can elect to take CPSY 6900 Master’s Practicum III (3 credits) after CPSY 6800 Master’s Practicum II. CPSY 6900 is an optional course for those students whose state requirements require additional practicum hours.

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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 56–91 total quarter credit hours, depending on specialization $475 per quarter credit hour, which includes the cost of all required textbooks
Technology Fee per quarter $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Which Psychology Program is Right for You?

Walden offers an M.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and M.S. in Forensic Psychology, each with specializations that allow you to further focus your course of study. Choosing from among these programs is a matter of understanding your career goals and aspirations.

The M.S. in Psychology from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference. Graduates may pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Teacher at a community college 
  • Coaching careers including career leadership, executive, and life coach 
  • Administrative position in healthcare or private or public sectors as a program manager, project manager, project director, or field research coordinator 
  • Administrative position in governmental or nonprofit organizations such as the FBI, CIA, criminal justice system, Department of Homeland Security, or Red Cross 
  • Researcher as a data analyst, data manager, or program evaluator 
  • Technical writer for governmental and other organizations 
  • Consultant 
  • Marketing director 
  • Manager or executive or human resource or organizational development professional 
  • Law enforcement agent (juvenile officer or officer related to fire and security) 
  • Consultant for lawmakers, attorneys, and/or the courts

The M.S. in Forensic Psychology can help prepare you to find work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Case manager 
  • Clinical or program director 
  • Correctional officer 
  • Court liaison 
  • Expert witness 
  • Forensic treatment specialist 
  • Jury consultant 
  • Law enforcement advocate 
  • Researcher 
  • Victim advocate

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Walden can prepare you to advance your career as you study the complexities of human behavior. Choose the Counseling specialization to prepare to apply for licensure as a professional counselor or for limited practice in psychology in some states.

Master’s-level practitioners work throughout the United States in a variety of settings including:

  • Group practices under the supervision of a licensed provider 
  • Mental health service units 
  • Managed healthcare organizations 
  • Hospitals 
  • Counseling centers 
  • Governmental agencies 
  • Military services 
  • Community mental health centers 
  • Residential treatment centers 
  • Correctional settings

Master’s-level practitioners also engage in program development; evaluate clinical psychology service delivery systems; and analyze, develop, and implement public policy on all areas relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Many practitioners combine these activities.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice at the master’s level. Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may also qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University M.S. in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body, which is a requirement for licensure in some states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which he/she intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the learner to obtain licensure.

The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe the foundations of psychology.
  2. Synthesize psychological theory and research to apply in real-world situations in clinical settings.
  3. Interpret psychological theory and research.
  4. Describe psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  5. Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.
  6. Use a framework of evidence-based practice to develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues.
  7. Demonstrate an appropriate and professional demeanor with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Counseling Specialization

  1. Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of counseling/therapy (including group; substance abuse; and couples, marriage, and family counseling as well as career counseling) with diverse populations.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Clinical Psychology relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which online degree specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.