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Masters Degree Programs in Psychology

New Program Requirements

Starting Fall 2012 for the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Degree

Effective fall 2012, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) will require a minimum of 60 academic units for the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree to qualify for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Therefore, the minimum number of units for the program will increase from the current 48 units to 60 units. The revised program will meet the academic requirements for both the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license in California. Students entering the program prior to the fall of 2012 will be subject to the previous requirement of 48 units.

The proposed revision will involve all of the current core courses (listed on Page 5 of the program brochure), PLUS the following 12 units of proposed additions/modifications:

  • PSY 671, Career development theories and techniques (3 units)
  • PSY 672, Crisis or trauma counseling (3 units)
  • PSY 627, Psychopharmacology, will expand from 2 to 3 units
  • PSY 673, Prepracticum (2 units)
  • PSY 626, will be retitled, Research and Evaluation, and will no longer be considered one of the five foundation courses that can be waived (3 units)

If you have any questions regarding these tentative course additions/modifications, please contact psychology admissions at (800) 888-4849 or (310) 568-5777.


Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy (GSEP '96) is the director of the GSEP Urban Initiative, an umbrella program preparing education and mental health professionals to work effectively in underserved urban communities.