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M.A. in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology degree program is designed to meet the needs of both those students seeking a terminal degree at the master's level and those who eventually plan to pursue a doctoral degree.

The terminal master's degree is not, however, license-eligible in the state of Florida. The master's degree program is designed provide students a strong clinical orientation with an emphasis in psychological assessment.

National Louis University offers this program in a highly-engaged, face-to-face, intensive, full-time learning environment, with classes during the day. This program is available on both our Chicago and Tampa campuses.


The M.A. in Clinical Psychology degree program is designed to serve as a preliminary step for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Depending on state requirements, the M.A. in Clinical Psychology degree program may help prepare students for licensure in psychology or counseling at the master's level.

Additional coursework and supervised post-master's clinical experience may be required to qualify to sit for master's-level licensure exams. Master's-level licensure varies from state to state. It is the student's responsibility to determine the requirements for professional licensure in the state he or she wishes to practice.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in clinical psychology degree program is designed to introduce students to basic clinical skills that enable them to serve the mental health needs of diverse client populations.

Admission to NLU’s M.A. program in clinical psychology or completion of the master's degree does not guarantee admission to the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology degree program.

To apply to the M.A. in clinical psychology degree program, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • A minimum score on a pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in the admission policies, English language proficiency
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program admissions committee


All applications for admission must be submitted to the admissions department. An enrollment specialist is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed application for admission form
  • Professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended


All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of 50 credit hours
    • Core course requirements: 36 credit hours
    • Elective requirements: 6 credit hours
    • Professionalization group requirements: 2 credit hours
    • Practicum and practicum seminar requirements: 6 credit hours
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 with no grades below “B“
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Diagnostic (CCE-D)

The master of arts in clinical psychology degree program can be completed in as little as two years, but must be completed within five years.


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