University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

M.A. in Clinical Psychology

The MA in Clinical Psychology requires the completion of 45 credit hours, including 21 hours of required course work, 15 hours of elective coursework, three (3) hours of internship, and six (6) hours of theses. Students who elect to pursue licensure after graduation should consult the Clinical Program Area Director to ensure that their degree plan fulfills current state board requirements; licensure as a professional counselor will require additional coursework in counseling. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements can be found here:

MA Programs

The department offers two programs leading to terminal MA Degree: Clinical Psychology and General Experimental Psychology. Both MA degrees are research-focused and require theses. The Clinical MA program is designed to prepare students to either work in applied settings as psychological associates, professional counselors, or to continue on to a Clinical PhD Program. The General Experimental MA program is designed to prepare students to continue on to a PhD program.

In both the Clinical and General Experimental M.A. programs,

  1. Students must orally defend their thesis before a thesis committee.
  2. All requirements must be completed within six (6) years of entering the program.
  3. No more than six (6) credit hours of approved upper-division undergraduate courses can count for graduate credit.

 Academic Policies

Departmental Academic Standards

In addition to the University requirement that all students admitted into graduate programs must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all upper-division and graduate courses, the Department of Psychology requires in all graduate programs students who attempt a course or courses and receive two grades of C or lower in Psychology courses be dismissed from the program. Students who earn a grade of C or lower in a course must retake the course the next time it is offered and earn a grade of B or better.


The University of Texas at El Paso’s location on the U.S.-Mexico border provides a nearly unique opportunity to investigate how language use, specifically proficiency in English and/or Spanish, affects cognitive processes. To investigate the importance of English/Spanish proficiency, it is essential that people comprehend and speak both languages. The psychology faculty, therefore, view language as an important and often necessary methodological tool for conducting research and strongly encourages and promotes proficiency in both languages.

Transfer Students with Graduate Credit

Students accepted into the PhD program with graduate credit from The University of Texas at El Paso (including the Psychology Department) or from another university must satisfy the same requirements as those beginning their PhD graduate training in Psychology at UTEP without previously earned graduate credits. The student can petition the Graduate Program Committee to accept a maximum of 24 hours of graduate credit (excluding thesis hours) completed at UTEP or at another institution. Approved credits will appear as Advanced Standing Credit on the Preliminary Plan of Study. Students who have taken PSYC 5301 from UTEP prior to admission to the PhD program can request that a maximum of three (3) credit hours for this course be included in the 24 hours that can be counted toward their PhD degree, as long as those hours were not used to meet requirements for a previous or separate degree.  A doctoral student who wishes to apply more than six (6) transfer credits toward a master's degree at UTEP must obtain prior approval from the department's Graduate Program Director.
The student must make a written request to the Graduate Program Director for Advanced Standing Credit. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all evidence and material necessary for the Graduate Program Director to review the request. Advanced Standing Credits are subject to final approval from the Graduate School. Transfer students can be considered for Department of Psychology Evaluation of Advancement to Dissertation only after they complete two academic semesters and all relevant requirements.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 45

MA in Clinical Psychology (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Core Courses in General and Clinical Psychology:
PSYC 5360Clinical Internship3
PSYC 5395Thesis3
PSYC 5396Thesis3
PSYC 6307Appl Correlation & Regres Meth3
or PSYC 5307
PSYC 6308Experimentl Design/Anal of Var3
or PSYC 5308
PSYC 6309Seminar in Psychopathology3
or PSYC 5309
PSYC 6317Behav/Mental Hlth Intervention3
PSYC 6318Seminar in Psych Assessment3
PSYC 6323Psychometrics3
or PSYC 5323
Required Electives:
Breadth Courses. Select two courses from the following:6
Seminar:Soc/Cultrl Psych
Scientific Writing
Seminar:Cognitive Psych
Animal Learning & Behavior
Developmental Psychology
Seminar: Behavrl Neurosci
Psychology Electives:
Select four courses from the following:12
Clinicl Issues in Legal Psych
Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Internship
Research Applications
Structural Equation Modeling
Seminar in Meta-Analysis
Categorical Data Analysis
Program Evaluation
Multilevel Modeling
Seminar:Soc/Cultrl Psych
Foundations of Research
Research Design/Data Analysis
Special Topics in Psyc & Law
Clinicl Issues in Legal Psych
Survey of Legal Psychology
Behavioral Medicine
Scientific Writing
Seminar: Psychology
Spcl Topics: Psychology
Seminar:Cognitive Psych
Spcl Topics: Cognitive Psych
Animal Learning & Behavior
Seminar: Behavrl Neurosci
PSYC 6223
Social Behavior
Seminar in General Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Lifestyle & Career Development
Ethic, Legl/Prof. Issue/Cnslng
Theories of Counseling
Group Counseling
Techniques of Counseling
Counsel Multicult/Div Popula
Addictions Counseling
Family Theories
Total Hours45