The 3+3 MA in Clinical Psychology (MACP) at West Liberty University offers an accelerated pathway for students wanting to become Masters Level licensed clinical psychologists in the state of West Virginia.
Students who meet the requirements for the combined program after their second year will be permitted to apply for admission to the graduate program in their third year and take graduate-level courses during their fourth year which will count toward the bachelor’s and master’s degree enabling them to complete all undergraduate and graduate requirements in a 6-year time span.
*Note: The MA in Clinical Psychology at West Liberty University will qualify graduates to pursue licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of West Virginia with a terminal Masters degree. Those seeking clinical psychology licensure in other states will need to review licensure requirements for that specific state
The MA in Clinical Psychology will prepare students for licensure as a clinical psychologist in West Virginia or for professional degrees at the doctoral level. The MA in Clinical Psychology is a 54-credit hour degree program that consists of 30 credit hours of coursework, 6 credit hours of practicum, and 18 credit hours of professional internship.
Is 3+3 Psychology major right for you?
The 3+3 major allows eligible students to complete their first year of clinical psychology graduate coursework during the last year of their undergraduate program.
Before selecting 3+3 Psychology as a major, answer the following questions:
1. You want to become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist & understand the differences between clinical psychology, counseling, and social work at the graduate level. Yes __ No __ Unsure __
2. You want to stay and practice clinical psychology in West Virginia. Yes __ No __ Unsure __
Or you are interested in applying to Clinical PhD/PsyD programs in the future.
3. You are a high academically achieving student (mostly A’s and B’s). Yes __ No __ Unsure _
High abilities in: time-management, writing skills, speaking skills & professional behavior.
4. You are comfortable with taking up to 18 credit hours of high intensity classes a semester. Yes __ No __ Unsure __
5. You are willing & able to relocate for a graduate internship in WV. Yes __ No __ Unsure __
6. You understand that the graduate program is a full-time commitment and requires being on campus for classes and practicum. You understand that for the Practicum graduate courses, you will be required to work (unpaid) at the Behavioral Health Clinic for approximately 20 hours a week during their normal business hours (Fall, Spring) AND for the graduate Internship courses you will be required to work (paid – negotiated by the student with the internship site) for approximately 40 hours a week during normal business hours (Summer, Fall, Spring; time off negotiated with internship site) . Yes __ No __ Unsure __
If you answered “No” or “Unsure” to any of the above questions, then the 3+3 major may not be right for you at this time. Non 3+3 majors are still able to apply to the Masters in Clinical Psychology Program at WLU.
Please talk to your academic advisor if you have any questions about the Psychology or 3+3 Psychology Major.
Students entering the 3+3 program, upon completing Core I courses, will complete the Core I exam and submit a portfolio application to the Psychology Program. Students must score 70% on each section of the Core I exam to be accepted. During their third year, 3+3 students will apply to the MACP program. Majoring in 3+3 psychology does NOT guarentee admisssion into the MACP program.
Qualified students will be conditionally accepted into the MACP program, contingent on completing all requirements, and will enroll in Core III courses. Core III classes are the first year courses of the MACP program. Students who are not accepted or choose not to pursue have the option to change their major to the BS Psychology and complete the remaining curricular requirements which would include twelve (12) credits of restricted psychology electives plus any additional requirements to complete the BS Psychology degree. Students who proceed to Core III (MACP courses) must earn at least a B in all courses to be accepted into the MACP unconditionally after completion of their undergraduate degree and continue in the MACP program.
Students do NOT have to be a 3+3 major in order to apply to the MACP program. See MACP website for application information.
Example academic plan for a Psychology 3+3 major:
Apply to MACP Program by March 1st* (work with your academic advisor)
1st year of MACP classes
GS = general studies course (these can be taken in almost any order/semester)
A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for graduation
Having a minor is not required
3+3 students MUST apply to the MACP program the spring (March 1st) of their Junior year.
Please contact us anytime to discuss your future.