MPS in Clinical Psychological Science
Understanding through Science.
Program Begins Fall 2013
The Master of Professional Studies in Clinical Psychological Science provides rigorous training in the scientific approach to clinical psychology emphasizing evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention. The program is designed for working professionals who desire advanced knowledge in clinical science to enter, advance, or expand their career options the mental health field. The program resides in the Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.
The exceptional learning environment in the MPS in Clinical Psychological Science will improve your
- Marketable expertise
- Professional flexibility and mobility
- Career advancement readiness
- Preparation for Ph.D. training
The MPS in Clinical Psychological Science represents a unique addition to the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan area by providing Master’s-level education with a focus on contemporary theories of the causes of psychopathology and empirically-supported interventions for these conditions. Students will receive advanced training in research methods, the ethics involved in conducting clinical research and practice, clinical measurement and assessment, and the impact of culture on mental health. Students who successfully complete the MPS fulfill the educational requirements necessary to serve as a Psychology Associate in the state of Maryland.
The MPS in Clinical Psychological Science prepares students to be critical consumers of contemporary research literature, specifically to understand the latest developments in empirically supported interventions and the limits of interventions that do not have such evidence. The capstone writing project allows for immersion in a clinical topic most relevant to students’ interests or current employment while developing critical thinking and professional writing skills. The program also provides intensive individual mentoring and small-group workshops focused on grant funding, discussions of various careers in mental health, and strategies to prepare for educational goals beyond the MPS.
The MPS in Clinical Psychological Science is a 30-credit program that offers courses over five 12-week terms. Instruction is provided by University of Maryland Department of Psychology faculty and experts in the field. The MPS can be completed in as little as 15 months while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. The program includes ten 3-credit courses and full-time students, admitted as a cohort, take two courses per term. Alternatively, students may enroll part-time. Part-time students complete one course per term, with the exception of one term in which they complete two courses.
Offered through the University of Maryland’s online learning environment, the program’s online format provides both a highly interactive experience as well as flexibility for working professionals who are trying to advance their education. Lectures are delivered online during the evenings in an interactive format through the use of advanced audio and video technology. Using webcams and headsets with microphones, students attend lectures in real time. To fully participate, students must purchase a webcam, headset, and have a reliable computer and Internet access. For more program information, visit http://marylandclinicalpsychologymps.tumblr.com
Program Director and Advisor
Interested students are encouraged to consult with Professor Julia W. Felton, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.