The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Psychology. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, General and Clinical.The Clinical emphasis is designed for students who wish to pursue master’s level licensure in psychology or counseling and provide direct clinical service to individuals with psychological disorders. The program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by MPCAC (Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accrediting Council) and qualifies graduates for status as licensed masters level psychologists (LMLP) in Kansas. Students who earn the degree, complete post-degree supervision, and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology are eligible for designation as Licensed Clinical Psychotherapists in Kansas. The program includes a 750 clock hour practicum and internship sequence. The program meets educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor in most states, including Missouri, but requirements vary by state. Additional post-degree supervision and national examination is required for licensure as a professional counselor and also varies by state.
Options available for the degree include: Option I: Thesis This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience. Option II: Research Problem This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship. Option III: Course Work This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.