Curriculum | Applied Psychological Science

Degree Requirements

Semester Credit Hours

  Applied Research Clinical Psychology
Required Common Core Courses 28 28
Specialty-Specific Required Courses 20 26
Electives 12 6
Total 60 60

Curriculum

See course descriptions for more information.

Required Common Core Courses

  • GPSY 807: Cognitive/ Affective Bases of Behavior
  • GPSY 813: Individual/ Social Bases of Behavior
  • GPSY 802: Advanced Lifespan Psychology
  • GPSY 814: Human Diversity
  • GPSY 720: Psychometrics
  • GPSY 580: Research Methods
  • GPSY 581: Statistics I
  • GPSY 582: Statistics II
  • GPSY 870: Ethics & Professional Issues
  • CHP 510: Interprofessional Course: Theory and Practice I
  • CHP 511: Interprofessional Course: Theory and Practice II

Specialty-Specific Required Courses

Clinical Psychology Specialty (MA)

  • GPSY 725: Basic Clinical Skills
  • GPSY 735: Basic Clinical Skills Lab
  • GPSY 722: Evidence-Based Practice
  • GPSY 723: Evidence-Based Practice Lab
  • GPSY 820: Psychopathology & Diagnostic Process
  • GPSY 847: Treatment of Chemical Dependency
  • GPSY 687: Practicum (x3 terms)

Students will also select from the following elective classes or other program-approved options to bring their total number of credit hours to 60:

  • GPSY 504: Assessment of Individuals
  • GPSY 818: Group Interventions
  • GPSY 899-33: Couples Psychotherapy
  • GPSY 817: Child and Adolescent Interventions
  • GPSY 731: Career Counseling

Practicum:

In the second year, Clinical Psychology Specialization students complete a year-long practicum at a community agency under the supervision of an experienced mental health practitioner.  Students should expect to spend at least 16 hours per week at their practicum site, for a minimum of 500 total hours.  Available sites vary each year, but opportunities exist to work with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups across the lifespan with a wide range of psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, trauma response, relational stress, and educational or occupational problems.

Applied Research Specialty (MS):

  • GPSY 811: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • GPSY 863: Program Evaluation
  • GPSY 583: Research & Statistics Lab (x2 terms)
  • GPSY 680: Thesis (x3 terms)

Students will also select 6 credits from the following statistics and research design electives or other program-approved research courses:

  • GPSY 661: Advanced Multivariate Statistics
  • GPSY 662: Small N and Nonparametric Analyses
  • GPSY 666: Structural Equation Modeling
  • GPSY 883: Qualitative Research Methods
  • GPSY 884: Meta-Analysis
  • GPSY 885: Single-Subject Design Methods

Students will also select 6 credits of program-approved elective classes to bring their total number of credit hours to 60.

Thesis:

In the second year, Applied Research Specialty students will complete an independent research project under the supervision of a core SGP faculty member through a match process based on research interests.  In collaboration with the faculty chair, each student will develop an empirical research question informed by a critical review of the literature, collect and analyze data consistent with University Institutional Review Board policies, and present findings in a formal written paper that will be published in the Pacific University library.  Students are highly encouraged to disseminate thesis research at professional conferences or through publication in professional journals.