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Terminal MA programs in Psychology?


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Hi!

So I have been trying to get a comprehensive list of MA programs in Psychology in the US but have been pretty directionless so far. A lot of the the university websites don't even mention it properly. So would anyone know or have a list of Terminal MA programs in Psychology handy with them? I would really appreciate as I'm planning to do MA and then a PsyD :)

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College of William and Mary

Wake Forest

Villanova

University of Texas at San Antonio

NYU had one, not sure if it is still around. Also UMASS Dartmouth and SCSF had them when I applied to MA programs in 2010.

Not a comprehensive list by far, but these are some. The first three offerat least some funding.

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I'm not sure you're clear on what a "terminal masters" is....

Most "terminal" programs mean you can start practicing as a licensed worker after you graduate (and do your post-grad hours). Things like MSW and CACREP-accredited counseling programs.

Since you want to go for a PsyD, are you looking for an experimental masters? 

I know for certain that UTSA's MA Psychology is NOT terminal. It is a prep program for PhD admissions because it focuses ENTIRELY on research.

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47 minutes ago, dancedementia said:

I'm not sure you're clear on what a "terminal masters" is....

Most "terminal" programs mean you can start practicing as a licensed worker after you graduate (and do your post-grad hours). Things like MSW and CACREP-accredited counseling programs.

Since you want to go for a PsyD, are you looking for an experimental masters? 

I know for certain that UTSA's MA Psychology is NOT terminal. It is a prep program for PhD admissions because it focuses ENTIRELY on research.

My understanding of a terminal masters for psychology is not that it ends in licensure, but that you earn the masters and then that's it, you don't continue on with the program. Most PhD programs in psychology, you earn your masters in the process of getting the PhD, but you don't leave the program. Most of these schools use the terminology "terminal masters". Perhaps it means something different in counseling/social work, but in psychology specifically, a terminal masters doesn't end in licensure. Thus, UTSA, and the other schools I mentioned, including William and Mary, where I got my MA, are terminal. 

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5 hours ago, dancedementia said:

I'm not sure you're clear on what a "terminal masters" is....

Most "terminal" programs mean you can start practicing as a licensed worker after you graduate (and do your post-grad hours). Things like MSW and CACREP-accredited counseling programs.

Since you want to go for a PsyD, are you looking for an experimental masters? 

I know for certain that UTSA's MA Psychology is NOT terminal. It is a prep program for PhD admissions because it focuses ENTIRELY on research.

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What you are referring to is a professional degree. Some professional degrees "happen" to be terminal degrees, depending on the requirements of specific fields. There is also a difference between terminal degrees and terminal master's. You can take a look at how Yale defines terminal master's:

http://gsas.yale.edu/sites/default/files/page-files/terminal-masters-programs-review-2013.pdf

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Cleveland State has a MA Clinical program that is partially funded (I believe 2-3 semesters out of 4 semesters). They have two tracks, "Practitioner" or "Research", with the research track requiring a thesis and as a preparation for applying to doctoral programs. The practitioner route is more tailored to be for work as a psychology assistant (as you can't be licensed with an MA in Clinical/practice).

 

 

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