MA in Clinical Psychology

The M. A. in Clinical Psychology is a 54 credit hour degree program which consists of 30 credit hours of coursework, 6 credit hours of practicum and 18 credit hours of professional internship.  The total number of credit hours is necessary to meet the licensure requirements set for by the WV Board of Examiners of Psychology. The MA in Clinical Psychology will qualify graduates to pursue licensure as a psychologist in the state of West Virginia with their terminal Masters degree.

The program is intended to provide opportunities for three distinct groups:  

  1. traditional and non-traditional students seeking to professionally practice as licensed psychologists in the state of West Virginia
  2. those wishing to pursue a doctorate in psychology or related fields, and
  3. mental health practitioners already working in the field who have previously completed their bachelor’s degree and are seeking advancement in their respective occupations.


Tammy McClain, Psy.D.
Program Director

359B Main Hall
[email protected]


  • Applications to the program are due by May 1st for the following fall semester.  Priority is given to applications received by March 1st. Applicants are urged to apply early.
  • Admission is granted on a competitive basis and does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Applicants may meet the minimum requirements but may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion.  Maximum class size =12
  • Applications should include:
    • Official transcripts of any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accreditated college or university, with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Up to 9 credit hours can be transferred from a qualifying graduate program, and applicants will be required to demonstrate mastery of course content.
    • Three letters of recommendation.  Letters should be from professional references who can attest to the applicant’s work ethic, interpersonal skills, and ability to succeed in graduate coursework
    • Personal Statement.  A statement of the applicant’s career goals indicating how earning this degree will enhance the applicant’s career goals.  Please describe your research and/or professional experience specific to this program and how these experiences influenced your decision to achieve a graduate education.  This statement should be approximately one to two pages in length.
    • Professional resume or curriulum vitae.
    • Standardized Test Scores.  Applicants should submit one of the following:
      • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Subject Test in Psychology completed in the last two years.  Minimum score:  60th percentile
      • Major Field Test in Psychology completed in the last two years.  Minimum score: 60th percentile
    • For applicants from a country where Englis is not the only official language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) completed in the last two years is required.  Minimum score: 550


  • Continued participation in the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and consistent coursework progress.
  • All classes, including practicum and internship, must be completed within five (5) academic years.
  • Students who take a leave of absence will join the next available cohort.  Reapplication may be necessary if the total leave extends beyond two (2) academic years.
  • A grade of “C” in one course will require remediation.  A grade of “C” in two courses will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must successfully complete an oral clinical defense prior to internship, which will consist of work samples in the area of therapy and assessment.  A dispositional appraisal will also be completed.





YEAR 1 Fall PSYC 541 Psychopathology & Diagnosis


PSYC 540 Clinical Assessment I


PSYC 520 Lifespan Development


Spring PSYC 543 Individual Psychotherapy & Treatment Planning


PSYC 542 Clinical Assessment II


PSYC 530 Research Methods


YEAR 2 Fall PSYC 535 Biological Bases of Behavior


PSYC 550 Substance Abuse Treatment


PSYC 560 Clinical Practicum I


Spring PSYC 555 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Psychology


PSYC 525 Multicultural & Rural Psychology


PSYC 561 Clinical Practicum II


YEAR 3 Fall PSYC 562 Clinical Internship I


Spring PSYC 563 Clinical Internship II


Summer PSYC 564 Clinical Internship III



Practicum/Internship Placement Sites:
  • West Liberty University Counseling Office
  • Healthways Main Office (Weirton)
  • Healthways Miracles Happen (Wheeling)
  • Healthways Women’s Residential Treatment (Weirton)
  • Northwood (Wheeling)
  • Northwood (New Martinsville)
  • Northwood (Weirton)
  • Lee Day Treatment Center (Weirton
  • Lee Day Treatment Center (Wheeling)
  • Lee Day Treatment Center (Moundsville)
  • Lee Day Treatment Center (New Martinsviille)
  • Brooke Hancock Youth Report Center (Weirton)