The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology is designed for full-time students to graduate in two calendar years. Part-time students are not admitted to the program. This program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students for doctoral level training in clinical psychology or other applied disciplines within psychology by earning a Master of Arts in Psychology. Students who do not wish to pursue further studies may be eligible for licensure in North Carolina as a psychological associate.
Applicants who have prior research and/or clinical experience are given preference in the admissions selection process. All applications and supporting materials are submitted online. When the Graduate School has received the completed online file, the Department of Psychology is notified for action. Admission to the Clinical Program is highly selective and each year we receive many more applications than we are able to admit. Please see the information about the admission selection process and the frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the Clinical Program. This information will help you to prepare your application.
Most entering graduate students are awarded an assistantship, either within the psychology department or in another department at the university. Assistantship stipends and duties differ depending on the student’s placement. Out-of-state students may apply for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of their tuition. We try to obtain some funds for partial or full waivers of out-of-state tuition for all out-of-state tuition; however this is not always possible. Most out-of-state students are able to pay in-state tuition for the second year of the program.
Coursework and Training Opportunities
The two-year Clinical Psychology program emphasizes coursework in assessment, research methods/design and statistics, evidence based psychotherapy (cognitive and behavioral modalities), and psychopathology (abnormal psychology), with additional courses in neuropsychology and advanced general psychology. All students are required to complete an empirical master's thesis under the supervision of our excellent faculty.
Practicum experiences (typically in year two of the clinical program) are available in various agencies and applied settings, including, but not limited to:
- WCU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) specializes in psychotherapy and counseling, primarily with emerging adults
- Jackson County Psychological Services (JCPS) serves a variety of needs in children, adolescents, and families, including the provision of comprehensive psychological assessment
- Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC (VAMC) provides comprehensive services for veterans, including diagnostic assessment, group therapy, and brief consultation
- Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy, Asheville, NC (CReATE) specializes in data-driven evaluation, comprehensive psychological assessment, and empirically-supported treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disorders, traumatic event exposure and related conditions, substance abuse/addiction and dual diagnosis
- TEACCH Autism Program (TEACCH) provides clinical services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, such as diagnostic evaluations, parent training and parent support groups, social play and recreation groups, individual counseling for higher-functioning clients, and supported employment
- Department of Corrections (DOC) offers an opportunity to work with incarcerated populations who are dealing with a variety of psychosocial issues, including depression, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, and anxiety.
- Psychology Clinic (McKee Clinic) is our department's clinic, which serves children, adolescents, and adults with a primary focus on comprehensive psychological assessment, assessment of cognitive abilities and learning disabilities. Opportunities to provide brief psychotherapy may also be available.