San Jose State University
This 60-unit Master of Science program is designed for students who are seeking to become master's level psychotherapists. The program does not prepare students for pursuing a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. The MS program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training to prepare them to work in a variety of clinical, counseling, and mental health settings. The training in San Jose State University's MS in Clinical program emphasizes a scientific understanding and case formulation of psychopathology, known as an evidence based practice approach to psychotherapy. The program centers on a required core of academic coursework that meets the education requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Both licenses requires 3,000 hours of approved supervised clinical experience by the California State licensing board (the BBS). Note that the requirements of these two licenses are different for both coursework and number of pre- and post-degree clinical hours. Our program meets the BBS requirements for licensure in both paths, though (as stated above), the program is deficient in one course (Career Counseling) that must be taken before licensure can occur.
The MS in Clinical Psychology prepares students for positions in mental health clinics, hospitals, and residential treatment centers, and emphasizes the importance of community mental health and serving diverse and under-represented populations. This program is ideal for students whose ultimate goal is to work as Marriage Family Therapists in hospital, community mental health, and independent practice settings. The MS in Clinical Psychology degree also prepares students for careers as consultants to schools and other agencies on matters relating to family dynamics and individual functioning.
The MS Clinical Psychology program at SJSU has a focus on the use and evaluation of assessment data throughout psychological interventions. We also emphasize the importance of using sound psychological theory in combination with the empirical literature on supported clinical interventions. This focus adheres to the applied or practitioner component of a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist model of training.