The purpose of the Midwestern State University Graduate Program in Psychology is to provide the highest quality of training in the assessment and treatment of psychological disturbance whether found in children, adolescents, adults, families, or the community. Students leave the program with training in personal, interpersonal, educational, and vocational areas that impact individuals, families, and communities. The main focus is on the master’s level practitioner; however, we actively encourage our students to pursue doctoral training, and we see our program as a first step towards that goal.

Careful attention is paid to the values which provide a foundation for our approach to graduate training in psychology. Our values encompass the following domains: (1) scientific conceptualization – the application of scientific investigation and development of new knowledge to problem identification and problem-solving, (2) clinical objectives – the application of psychological theory and efficacious treatment to individual difference including cultural diversity, gender, age, SES, etc., (3) Ethics – exemplary personal and professional conduct that betters the field of psychology, and (4) interpersonal ability – ways in which one’s behavior fosters trust, empathy, and self-awareness.

Our faculty come from diverse theoretical orientations and professional experiences. Therefore, students can expect to become knowledgeable in a variety of psychological theories and practices.

In order to accommodate varied student needs, we admit students in the fall (application deadline is June 15th) and in the spring (application deadline is November 15th).

Training encompasses the following areas:

A student must complete 50 hours (Texas licensure requires 48) to meet the requirements for graduation. Many students are choosing to complete 60 hours as other states often have a 60 hour requirement.

  1. A base of general/theoretical psychology to include the following:

    (1) Biological Bases of Behavior, (2) Acquired or Learned Bases of Behavior, (3) Social/Cultural/Systemic Bases of Behavior, and (4) Individual or Unique Bases of Behavior.

    • Psyc 5233 Human Development Across the Life Span (required)
    • Psyc 5863 Neuropsychology (elective)
    • Psyc 5163 Psychopathology (required)
    • Psyc 5103 Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (required)
    • Psyc 5843 Multicultural Psychology (required)
    • Psyc 6133 Marriage and Family Therapy (elective)
    • Psyc 5153 Theories of Personality (required)
    • Psyc 5123 Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (elective)
    • Psyc 6013 Sem: Clinical Geriatric Psychology (elective)
  2. Understanding Methodology
    • Psyc 5113 Research and Statistical Analysis (required)
    • Psyc 6983 & 6993 Thesis (elective) *recommended to students wishing to pursue research positions or doctoral training..
  3. Applied Psychology
    • Psyc 5143 Current Professional Issue: Ethics (required)
    • Psyc 6113 Individual Psychotherapy (required)
    • Psyc 6123 Therapeutic and Psychoeducational Groups (required)
    • Psyc 6013 Sem: Theories of Counseling (elective, becomes required in Fall 2002)
    • Psyc 5901 Clinical Staffing (required) *1 credit course taken twice
    • Psyc 6103 Vocational Assessment and Counseling (required)
    • Psyc 5133 Techniques of Assessment I: Intellectual Assessment (required)
    • Psyc 6143 Techniques of Assessment II: Personality Assessment (required)
    • Psyc 5824 The Rorschach (elective)
    • Psyc 6001 Teaching Practicum (elective)
    • Psyc 6153 Practicum I (required)
    • Psyc 6163 Practicum II (required) *may be taken twice. Second time: elective