Philosophy of the Clinical Track
The clinical track of the Master of Arts in Psychology is an adult-focused program that follows the Boulder scientist/practitioner training model which emphasizes the integrated roles of science and practice. Training in the applied skills of clinical assessment and intervention requires a thorough understanding of the range of human functioning. The database of the psychological literature is our groundwork and the scientific method guides our work. We require students to develop an understanding of how this database is generated, how to evaluate its utility, and how to apply it. Thus, all students are required to take the core of methodology and basic psychology courses in addition to the clinical core and a practicum experience in the community. Because a two-year curriculum can provide only the basics, it is expected that we are preparing students to proceed with training at the doctoral level. For a more detailed discussion of the clinical standards and goals, see our "Statement of Scope of Training and Standards of Behavior" which can be found here.
Prospective students should be aware that the clinical MA track has a focus on adult populations. There is limited coverage of child-related topics in the clinical coursework and limited child-oriented practicum opportunities. While research opportunities with children and adolescents are possible, limited clinical training with children is provided in the MA track.
This program values and promotes self-awareness as a significant component of training in clinical psychology. Students in this program engage in self-awareness exercises within their courses and practicum training. They are also strongly encouraged to engage in their own psychotherapy during their training.
The applications for the MA Psychology Programs in the Clinical and Psychological Science Tracks are the same.
All application materials are due on the 1st of January for Fall admission.
All applications are completed online by visiting Application Materials and Submission at the Graduate School website.
Application requirements for the MA Psychology Programs in Clinical and Psychological Science Tracks are as follows:
- Complete the online application and pay the application fee.
- Complete the Additional Graduate Applicant Information Form as part of the online application.
- Obtain four letters of recommendation from professors or employers through the online application.
- Submit a statement describing your interests, background, and reason for applying to our program as part of the online application.
- Submit official transcripts from EACH college or university attended.
- Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) so that official scores are reported before the January 1st application deadline. The Institution Code for UCCS is R4874. The Department Code for Clinical Psychology is 2001 and the Department Code for Psychological Science Psychology is 2007. The general GRE is required of all applicants. The subject GRE is strongly recommended. For more information about the GRE, please visit ETS.
- Optionally, you may upload a vita or resume as an attachment in the online application.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is strongly recommended for all applicants. Applicants do not need to submit the original application to the department. Instead, have your results sent to UCCS at school code 004509. Please keep in mind that the FAFSA you will need to complete will not be made available until after the January 1st application deadline.
How to Submit Official Transcripts
For transcripts from outside institutions: Electronic Submission: Transcripts can be submitted electronically if the issuing institution is contracted with a secured server. Electronic transcripts should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mail: Any application materials that need to be mailed in should be sent to the following address:
Office of Admissions & Records
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733
This school offers programs in:
- A BS or BA degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
- An overall grade point average of 3.0 ("A" is equivalent to 4.0) or above in all undergraduate courses.
- Our most competitive applicants have Graduate Record Exam scores of the 50th percentile or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections. The advanced psychology subject test is strongly recommended.
- Four letters of recommendation from professors and employers.
- An adequate undergraduate program in psychology including college-level mathematics, statistics, experimental psychology, and some background in the biological, physical, and social sciences.
- Applicants to the clinical psychology track should also have course work and/or community experience in applied psychology.
Promising students who do not meet all the requirements may be considered as applicants. Admission to the program is competitive and applications are reviewed by the Clinical admissions committee.
There are two forms of housing available for graduate students: 1) off-campus housing in apartments and houses and, 2) on-campus dormitories.
A recently completed housing survey of graduate and undergraduate honors students in psychology found that 50% of the students lived within 5 miles of campus (range = 1-12 miles) and that it took them 10 minutes or less to commute to campus (range 3 to 25 minutes). The mean rent was $750/month for a one-bedroom apartment and $800/month for a 2-bedroom apartment, not including utilities.
On-campus housing is available. See the Housing Village page for more information including information on the new apartment-style dorms.
Last updated January 26, 2016