Masters in Psychology

Masters in Psychology Degree – Clinical or Theoretical Sequence

If you wish to advance your career options by earning your masters in psychology, Governors State’s College of Education offers an exceptional program.  Our Master of Arts in Psychology degree offers a choice of either a clinical or theoretical sequence.  The clinical sequence is designed for professionals who wish to enter into careers that include clinical, research and academic settings and is based on the scientist-practitioner model.  It presents a fine balance between research and clinical work and is aligned with course requirements for eligibility for examination for the Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois.

Our master’s in psychology theoretical sequence is not an applied degree but rather focuses on a strong theoretical background in traditional areas of psychology.  It also engenders sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.  This sequence is perfect for students intending to go on to pursue a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree.  Careers include teaching at community colleges, conducting research in a business setting, or in the social sciences.   

Our Masters in Psychology Provides a Challenging Program

GSU’s graduate degree provides the professional preparation for students seeking to enter the human services field or as a stepping stone into a doctorate program.  Our small class-sizes help to ensure students receive personal attention and our nationally renowned faculty guide learning while mentoring students through hands-on experiences. In addition psychology students have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom at lab sites and our on-campus Family Development Center.

To be admitted into the masters in psychology program, students must meet university admission criteria as well as the specific program requirements.  While it is not mandatory that students earned their undergraduate degree in psychology in order to be admitted, it is strongly recommended.  Please see our Psychology, Master of Arts web page for complete requirements and information or contact a department advisor if you have additional questions.   

We invite you to explore our many degree, certificate and individual course offerings listed on our website.  The College of Education’s Psychology program offers a choice of clinical or theoretical sequences in the degree for our masters in psychology.


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