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Curriculum

M.S. in Applied Clinical Psychology

The Master of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology degree requires:

Successful completion of an approved program of study providing a minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit. A student’s official program of study must be approved by the Director of the Graduate Program, Psychology Department Chair, and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Practicum/course requirements to include at least 700 clock-hours of applied/clinical experience which includes a minimum 240 hours of direct client contact.

Successful completion of a research project or a Master's Thesis is required. Please visit Scholar Commons for list of USC Aiken Psychology Theses.

Curricula - Program in Applied Clinical Psychology 

Typical Program of Study (60 credits required):

1st Semester - Fall

  • PSYC 600: Ethical and Professional Issues (3 credits)
  • PSYC 620: Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 624: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PSYC 701: Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy (3 credits)

2nd Semester - Spring

  • PSYC 610: Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 625: Statistics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 680: Cognitive Assessment (4 credits)
  • PSYC 702: Psychotherapy Multicultural and Diverse Society (3 credits)

3rd Semester - Summer

  • PSYC 600: Research (1 credit)
  • PSYC 700: Advanced Topics (3 credits) - topic rotates (e.g., Treatment of Trauma)
  • PSYC 790: Practicum (3 credits; 2 semesters required)

4th Semester – Fall

  • PSYC 600: Research (1 credit)
  • PSYC 650: Learning, Cognition, and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 760: Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • PSYC 780: Personality and Pathology Assessment (3 credits)
  • PSYC 790: Practicum (3 credits; 2 semesters required)

5th Semester – Spring

  • PSYC 600: Research (1 credit)
  • PSYC 630: Career and Lifestyle Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 725: Group Therapy and Counseling (3 credits)
  • PSYC 791: Advanced Practicum (1-3 credits)
  • PSYC 792: Clinical/Counseling Internship (1-3 credits)

6th Semester - Summer

  • PSYC 702: Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
  • PSYC 791: Advanced Practicum (1-3 credits)
  • PSYC 792: Clinical/Counseling Internship (1-3 credits)

Students select 5 credits of electives from the list below:

  • PSYC 799: Thesis (3 credits)
  • PSYC: 791: Advanced Practicum (1-3 credits)
  • PSYC 792: Clinical/Counseling Internship (1-3 credits)

See Handbook for additional information.