Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

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Program Description

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Overview

The Department of Psychology & counseling offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. The need for qualified clinicians and mental health professionals to serve the community necessitated the establishment of this program. The Master of Science program is designed to provide proper training for Masters level psychologists to work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice. It also provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced doctoral studies. The program focuses on the field of clinical psychology. The curriculum is structured to enable students to pursue a plan of study to assure increased professional competence and breadth of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology. This program requires 39 semester hours of study, including two practicum courses (600 clock hours) of supervised practicum experience in an approved mental health or rehabilitation setting.

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Program Objectives

  • To provide students with advanced knowledge of current developments in clinical psychology.
  • To train students on the application of clinical knowledge to solve psychological problems.
  • To train students to act independently in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
  • To enable students to communicate clinical issues and conclusions clearly to all parties involved.
  • To provide students with knowledge that enables them to conduct clinical research under minimal supervision.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge that is culturally sound and relevant to professional and ethical practices in the field of mental health.
  • Conduct a proper psychological assessment.
  • Diagnose successfully clients’ clinical problems using DSM/ ICD.
  • Create suitable treatment plans for diverse psychological disorders.
  • Apply therapeutic skills to help clients (individuals and groups) overcome their psychological disorders.
  • Communicate comprehensive and understandable psychological reports to all parties involved.
  • Apply appropriate methodology to conduct research in clinical psychology.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 39 hours

Clinical Psychology

Required Courses (33 hours) Credits
PSY521 Advanced Clinical Psychology 3
PSY522 Cross-Cultural Issues 2
PSY523 Advanced Psychopathology 3
PSY524 Personality Self-report Measures 4
PSY526 Child & Family Therapy 3
PSY527 Intellectual Assessment 4
PSY528 Psychotherapy: Theories & Techniques 3
PSY529 Advanced Behavioral Statistics 3
PSY631 Internship I 2
PSY632 Health Psychology 2
PSY633 Scientific and Professional Ethics 2
PSY634 Internship II 2
Elective Courses (credit hours:6) Credits
Group A (Students should select one course from this group) (3 hours)  
PSY621 Research Design and Methods 3
PSY623 Neuropsychology 3
PSY629 Individual Tests (Children) 3
   
Group B (Students should select one course from this group) (3 hours)  
PSY622 Seminar in Mental Health 3
PSY624 Personality Performance-based Measures 3
PSY626 Psychopharmacology 3
PSY628 Master's Thesis 3

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

Merit Fellowship Award

To receive the Merit Award, students are expected to have high academic credentials and maintain their academic success at the UAEU. The Merit Fellowship Award offers financial assistance in the form of partial tuition waiver to qualified students. Students in STEM and strategic areas of the country (renewable energy, transportation, health, water resources, technology, space) will have priority.

Student Eligibility:

  • Have Excellent Academic Standing (GPA ≥ 3.6/4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA ≥3.6/4.0 during study at UAEU.
  • Have no other financial sponsorship or award.

Benefits:

  • 50% discount on tuition fees.

Duration:

  • Valid until graduation as long as the student is abiding with the Student Eligibility conditions.

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Last updated May 2020

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