M.A. On Campus

Applied Clinical Psychology

Pennsylvania State University

24 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology program at Pennsylvania State University helps students prepare to work as mental health professionals in a variety of settings and is intended to provide a broad training program in empirically validated clinical psychology.


When accompanied by an additional 12 credits in advanced graduate studies in psychology and/or counseling this course in Applied Clinical Psychology at Pennsylvania State University can provide the academic training necessary for graduates to apply for master's level licensing as a professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The M.A. program requires 48 credits of course work.

The overall model emphasizes the scientific bases of behavior, including biological, social, and individual difference factors. The training model is health-oriented rather than pathology-oriented and emphasizes the development of helping skills, including both assessment and intervention.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate conceptual understanding and proficiency in clinical psychology and counseling at the level required to contribute to the discipline.
  • Graduates will be able to develop and use appropriate research methods and techniques to apply knowledge or create new knowledge aimed at significant questions in clinical psychology and counseling.
  • Graduates will be able to effectively communicate research and practice applicable to the field in formal presentations and in written works.
  • Graduates will be able to conceptualize therapeutic cases in a theoretical framework.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to work effectively and ethically in a clinical/counseling setting with actual clients.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling
  • Cultural Competency in Psychology
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Human Development and Growth
  • Psychopathology
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Theories and Models of Psychotherapy
  • Seminar in Clinical Problems
  • Tests and Measurements

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or the equivalent, must have completed at least 18 credits in psychology, and must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above in the last 60 credits of undergraduate course work.
  • The undergraduate work must include a statistics course and a psychology research methods course with grades of B or higher.
  • A personal interview is required.
  • Completed Graduate School application form with the application fee
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Three professional letters of recommendation, two of which need to be from academic letter writers
  • A brief (two-page) interest statement

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 39248 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    23082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Erie

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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