Taught course

Psychology, Experimental (Clinical Option)

University of West Alabama · University of West Alabama
Master of Science

Entry requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2.8 grade point average (four-point scale) or graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree or higher with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (four-point scale) is required; a minimum score of 280 (combined) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (verbal and Quantitative), and a minimum score of 3 on the writing portion; on time application packet that contains the application form, all student transcripts, GRE scores, a Statement of Purpose, and a list of three academic references with full names, titles/positions, school names, current telephone numbers and email addresses. Achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the degree program. The admissions committee will review the application packets based on minimum requirements and capacity of the faculty members in the program.

Months of entry

January, August

Course content

MS in Experimental Psychology Clinical Option provides enhanced training in psychology-based statistics and research methods, which are necessary skills for all Psychology Ph.D. programs. The program also provides the base in core fields of clinical and counseling psychology along with the freedom of elective classes to allow students to pursue their own interests in the clinical and counseling fields. All students, whether online or on campus, will receive that specialized attention expected with an on campus program and often missing from traditional online classes.

Why this program:

  • Training to better prepare for clinical doctoral programs.
  • Training for masters-level licenses.
  • Presentation and publication opportunities.

Program Requirements (US Semester Credit Hours)

Core Curriculum: 15 hours

A. Statistics and Research Methods Courses: 6 hours

PY 501. Statistics and Research Methods I (3)

PY 502. Statistics and Research Methods II (3)

Theory Courses: 9 hours

PY 510. Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)

PY 520. The Diagnostic Process for Mental Disorders (3)

PY 550. Theories of Personality (3)

Clinical Courses: 15-24 hours

Select five - eight courses from the following:

PY 525. Personality Assessment (3)

PY 526. Marriage and Family Therapy (3)

PY 527. The Therapeutic Relationship (3)

PY 528. Health Psychology (3)

PY 529. Psychopharmacology (3)

PY 560. Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)

PY 570. Systems of Psychotherapy (3)

PY 595. Professional Orientation (3)

PY 597. Selected Topics in Psychology (1-3) (Advisor approval required.)

Practicum and Internship: 9 hours

PY 598. Psychology Practicum (3)

PY 599. Internship in Counseling Psychology (3)

Thesis (6 hours) or Comprehensive Exam Option

PY 500. Master's Thesis Research (3)

PY 590. Master's Thesis (1-3)

Total Minimum Required: 39 - 54 hours


This program is also offered online.

Program Completion Requirements:

Completion of all courses required in the curriculum with a 3.0 quality point average (overall and in each requirement area).

At least 39 semester hours within the required areas. Credit hours beyond 54 will require special permission from the Department of Behavioral Sciences Chairperson and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Completion of a Master’s thesis or comprehensive exam.

Information for international students

Information for International Students can be found on our website. http://www.uwa.edu/ip.aspx

Fees and funding

International students

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students in certain fields of study. Assistantships are usually granted for a period of nine months. Normally, there are no stipends for the summer semester. Students desiring to make application for graduate stipends should write to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the University of West Alabama, Station 31, Livingston, Alabama 35470, for application forms.

Qualification and course duration

Master of Science

part time
30-36 months
full time
24-36 months
distance learning
18-36 months

Course contact details

Dr. Mark Davis