When choosing a clinical psychology master’s program online, students might wind up with many questions that just don’t have easy answers to be found on the school’s website. Below are some of the most common questions prospective master’s in clinical psychology students have:
What are the admissions requirements?
Some programs prefer a student to have a bachelor’s in psychology while others are more flexible. In some cases, your GPA will be a factor. Most programs will require an official copy of all your transcripts as well as an application essay. Not all programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but some many which would require you to prepare, schedule and then take the exam.
It’s also important at this time to check to see if a clinical psychology master’s program is APA accredited. The American Psychological Association (APA) regulates clinical psychology education at the graduate level.
What are the prerequisites?
If a student does not have an academic background in psychology, there may be basic undergraduate coursework needed in order to apply. This would include subjects such as Intro to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology. These classes are readily available to take online or at a community college.
What can I specialize in?
Some programs offer specializations that include unique coursework such as:
- Sports Psychology
- Addiction Treatment
- Industrial-Organizational Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Child Development
- Experimental Psychology
How long does it take to earn a clinical psychology master’s online?
An online master’s degree in clinical psychology typically takes two years to complete as a full-time student and three years as a part-time student. The amount of time a student spends in school will also depend upon other factors, such as whether you choose a school that has multiple start dates, any credits you might bring to the table during the admissions process, and whether you choose an accelerated program.
How much does an online master’s in clinical psychology cost?
The costs can vary widely depending upon tuition rates, fees, and other expenses. One thing to consider is that some programs offer a flat-rate tuition for distance learners, while others might offer in-state rates to anyone who takes online courses. Always explore a school’s website to find tuition information, and look at the above spotlight schools for a general idea of what the pursuit is going to cost.
Can a student work as a clinical psychologist with a master’s?
No. Though you can become licensed to work as a counselor, social worker or similar mental health professional with only a master’s degree, a doctoral degree is required to obtain the title of clinical psychologist.
Will a master’s program help a student become licensed?
It’s important to remember that licensure for a clinical psychologist is only possible with a doctoral degree. However, finishing the master’s degree can open you up to licensure for jobs that are not considered clinical psychology, such as those in marriage and family counseling. Regardless of whether you intend to become licensed for a counseling position or you want to continue on to the terminal degree, it’s important to ensure that the program you choose is compatible with your state’s licensing board requirements. Check with the licensing board, as well as the school, to be sure.