May 30, 2024  
2019-2020 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology MA

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Clinical Psychology Option MA

Academic Degree Requirements

The basic clinical program is a three-year, 60 credit program. Matriculated students will be expected to take three courses per semester for the three years. Licensing from the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Certified Mental Health Counselors requires the master’s degree to comprise 60 credits.


  • Academic Core - 9 credits
  • Clinical Core - 18 credits
  • Behavior Specialty - 15 credits
  • Thesis/Comprehensive Exam - 6 credits
  • Licensing Requirement  - 12 credits

The following courses are required:

Part IV - Thesis/Comprehensive Exam

Research Competence

Each student must show proof of competence in research and its reporting. Students receiving the Master of Arts may choose to complete either a thesis or a comprehensive exam (written or oral).

Details concerning the these/comprehensive exam option may be found in the Psychology Department Graduate Student Handbook.

Total Credits: 60

Course Availability and Schedule

Since this is a clinical program, most of our students are presently employed in the field of psychology/social work; therefore, all courses have start times in the middle to late afternoon to accommodate student schedules.

Course schedule by years of study:

First Year Students

Second Year Students

Third Year Students




In alternating summers, one of the following, then two of the follwing, courses are offered:

Research Psychology Option MA

The Research Psychology option is a two-year, 36-credit program. This program is typically full-time, but can accommodate students who wish to pursue the program part-time, or on other timetables.


The following courses are required (24 credits)

*The following courses are electives: 12 credits required

  • Up to 6 credits of 400-level courses.  Choices must be approved  by Graduate Program Director of General MA option.


Total Credits: 36


*It is strongly recommended that at least one of these courses be PSY 595.

Applied Behavior Analysis Option MA

This master’s program is a three-year, 36-credit program. Please note, students can choose to complete this program at their own pace. It is not a requirement that it be completed in three years; however, it is expected that students will complete this program on a timely basis. Specific ABA courses within the master’s program will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. Students may choose to take some first year ABA courses during their second year because it may be closer to the time they sit for the BCBA® exam.

Course schedule by years of study:

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