San Jose State University

Department of Psychology
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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.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Glenn Callaghan (coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Psychotherapy
  • 20% Psychopathology
  • 25% Assessment
  • 5% Psychopharmacology
  • 10% Family Therapy
  • 10% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0120
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Glenn Callaghan
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Advanced Adult Psychopathology
  • Advanced Child Psychopathology
  • Family Assessment and Intervention Techniques
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Addictions Treatment
  • Life Span Development
  • Crisis/Trauma Counseling
  • Methods of Psychotherapy/Counseling Procedures
  • Professional Ethics for Psychologists
  • Ethnic and Gender Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Psychology Practicum
  • Fieldwork
  • Methods and Design for Applied Research
  • Current Issues (Substance Abuse, Human Sexuality, Lifespan)
  • Seminar in the Modern Family
  • Master Project
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Clinical Psychology
Masters Comments

The mission of this program is to train Masters level psychotherapists for work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice from a context of evidence based practice of psychotherapy.  The diversity of settings and populations in which our graduates work requires that our students be flexible and open to differing clinical and cultural perspectives. Faculty in the program represent a variety of theoretical, clinical, and research interests, including, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic, Cross-cultural, Feminist Therapy, Community Psychology, and the biopsychosocial model inherent in Behavioral Medicine/Health psychology. As a faculty we value diversity in thinking and encourage our students to sample ideas from many different points of view.  While we do not require conformity to any one approach, we do require that any approach our students take be supported by a high standard of professional ethics and an established body of professional literature, including empirical and clinical research.  Graduates of this program adhere to ethical standards and demonstrate a basic familiarity with the major approaches to assessment, diagnosis and treatment, a respect for cultural diversity, and accountability for service delivery.  We expect that our graduates have the ability to read and critically evaluate the literature in the field, and we require them to have achieved a basic level of proficiency within at least one psychotherapeutic approach.  In short, our ideal graduate is evidence based, broadly educated, critically minded, and has the ability to ethically apply theory to practice in a diverse and changing community.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.