M.S. in Clinical Psychology
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose CA 95192-0120
Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.
Length of Program
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Most students accrue 300-600 hours by graduation.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Encouraged but not required.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
All students will be required to satisfactorily complete two comprehensive examinations covering the required core courses. The first of these exams is provided at the end of the first year and requires students to apply knowledge of case conceptualization, diagnosing, and treatment planning to case vignettes.
The second exam is completed during the second year and is based on an extensive case conceptualization paper and oral presentation and defense of a client the student has treated during the course of their training at SJSU. The project is designed to demonstrate sound case conceptualization, treatment formation based on existing empirical literature, appropriate assessment, tracking relevant client across treatment, use of supervision, integration of contextual and cultural variables, and ethical practice.
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
To be considered for admission to the Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, applicants must have either a bachelor degree in psychology or complete a minimum of 30 semester units (45 quarter units) in psychology coursework. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in Psychology courses and 3.0 for the last 2 years (60 semester units; 90 quarter units) of coursework is required for admission.
It is required that the applicant has completed the following courses or their equivalents as suitable background for admission to graduate-level work. This coursework MUST include the following six classes:
- General or Introduction to Psychology
- Elementary Statistic
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Psychobiology, neuropsychology or equivalent
- Upper division course in Abnormal Psychology
- Upper division course in Clinical Psychology or Theory and Methods of Counseling
Classes 1-4 may be taken at the community college or university level and may be lower division courses. Class 5 and Class 6 MUST be taken at the University level and MUST be upper division courses.
Provide evidence of a minimum of 100 hours of paid or volunteer applied clinical experience working with persons in a counseling/helping capacity (e.g., volunteer in home for emotionally disturbed children, juvenile hall, suicide and crisis telephone hotline) and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor who can comment directly on your performance in that role.
Letters of Recommendation
Three total letters of recommendation are required. One reference MUST be from a clinical supervisor (see above). Additional references may come from former instructors or from supervisors of previous work in volunteer placements in the clinical field.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Final acceptance into the program requires an interview. This interview takes place on the campus, except in exceptional cases (e.g. residence out of state).
(Reprinted from program website.)
The mission of this program is to train Masters level psychotherapists for work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice from a context of evidence based practice of psychotherapy. The diversity of settings and populations in which our graduates work requires that our students be flexible and open to differing clinical and cultural perspectives. Faculty in the program represent a variety of theoretical, clinical, and research interests, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic, Cross-cultural, Feminist Therapy, Community Psychology, and the biopsychosocial model inherent in Behavioral Medicine/Health psychology.
As a faculty we value diversity in thinking and encourage our students to sample ideas from many different points of view. While we do not require conformity to any one approach, we do require that any approach our students take be supported by a high standard of professional ethics and an established body of professional literature, including empirical and clinical research. Graduates of this program adhere to ethical standards and demonstrate a basic familiarity with the major approaches to assessment, diagnosis and treatment, a respect for cultural diversity, and accountability for service delivery. We expect that our graduates have the ability to read and critically evaluate the literature in the field, and we require them to have achieved a basic level of proficiency within at least one psychotherapeutic approach. In short, our ideal graduate is evidence based, broadly educated, critically minded, and has the ability to ethically apply theory to practice in a diverse and changing community.