2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Feb 07, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

MS in Clinical Psychology

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.


The MS in Clinical Psychology program provides a broad background in clinical psychology with the opportunity to complete an optional counseling specialization. It prepares students to work ethically and effectively at the master’s level with diverse individuals in a variety of settings. In addition, this program offers students an opportunity to complete a graduate degree that is more practitioner-focused and less research-focused and includes a broader survey of the topics in clinical psychology compared to many other degree programs.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize psychological perspectives reflecting the relevant influences of the social determinants of health.
  2. Synthesize psychological theory and research in real-world clinical mental health settings.
  3. Analyze psychological theory and research regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  4. Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly professional activities that promote positive social change.
  5. Use a framework of evidence-based practice when delivering psychotherapeutic interventions and psychological assessments.
  6. Demonstrate APA clinical competency benchmarks using clinical and assessment skills in a variety of mental health settings.
  7. Demonstrate professional dispositions and skills in mental health settings and in interactions with others.


Degree Requirements

  • 56–62 total quarter credits for General Program (97–105 cr. with optional specialization)
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr. for General and Counseling; 68 cr. for CA Track)
  • Foundation Research Sequence course (5 cr. for General and Counseling)
  • Counseling (non-CA track) specialization curriculum (35 cr., including 10 cr. electives)
  • Counseling (CA track) specialization curriculum (25 cr.)
  • Practicum (6–9 cr.)


Foundation Research Courses (5 cr.)

Courses composing the core research sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 6110 must be completed during the second term and is linked to Milestone 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 6210 and RSCH 6310 must be completed prior to registering for the dissertation.

Note on Licensure

The MS in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

The MS in Clinical Psychology Counseling Specialization program is not approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and does not lead to master’s-level psychology license eligibility in the state of Kansas.

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