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Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Psychology Concentration (MA)

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Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Psychology Concentration (MA) – STEM Designated Degree Program

The Child/Adolescent Psychology concentration within the MA program in Clinical Psychology provides students with foundational-level training in clinical psychology, with a focus on clinical child psychology. Students in the child/adolescent concentration learn about the unique psychological needs of children and adolescents, as well as developmental considerations in psychopathology, assessment, and treatment, including the role of family and social contexts. This concentration is designed to prepare students for MA-level clinical positions in mental health settings, particularly those that serve children and families (e.g., community mental health agencies, care management organizations) and do not require licensure. Students may also seek positions as clinical research assistant and coordinators, as well as pursue doctoral-level study.

Along with the Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology Concentration degree, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and a certificate in School Psychology.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements
The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in psychology OR a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in psychology, including a course in statistics and an experimental/research methodology course. Please note: an introductory course in psychology does not count toward the minimum credit requirement, though it might be needed as a pre-requisite to other psychology courses.

Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: For Fall semester admission only. Priority Deadline: March 15th. Applications to the Master of Arts program in Clinical Psychology that are completed by March 15th, including all required supplemental materials, will receive priority review. All priority candidates will receive an admission decision by April 20th. Applications completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Psychology Concentration (MA) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement
    • Articulate clearly, concisely, and in specific terms your relevant academic, research, and psychology-related experiences and interests.
    • Please describe the way you foresee the child/adolescent concentration aiding your future educational and/or career goals.
    • Finally, you may also highlight any additional strengths that will make you an excellent candidate for our program, as well as explain any areas of relative weakness in your application (e.g., if your GPA is below the recommended minimum or your performance in a course was suboptimal).
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty familiar with your work.
  • Sample of written work related to the field(s) of psychology, particularly in your desired area of concentration. This might be a paper written for a previous course, an original research project summary, or some other original writing that was prepared and completed prior to this application process.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0*
    • *Applicants with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 will be considered for admission, though 3.0 and above is recommended. Applicants with a GPA below 2.7 will not be considered for admission. 
    • * Applicants who do not meet our GPA requirement will be considered for admission if other aspects of their application indicate strong potential for success in the program.  
  • GRE General Test scores (optional if your overall undergraduate GPA is at least a 3.3 or have completed a master’s level degree)
  • Interview: All applicants who are selected to proceed to the next stage of the admissions process following review of their applications, must complete an admissions interview with program faculty. The Psychology Department will hold pre-selected interview days for the MA in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology Certification programs.

    At this time, interviews are conducted virtually via Zoom with two faculty members and/or the Director of the Clinical MA Program.

    After signing up for an interview date, candidates will receive a follow-up email on behalf of the Psychology Department from confirming the interview date and providing additional information. Admissions interviews provide the admissions committee with the opportunity to learn about each candidate’s background,  interests, and goals, as well as assess each candidate’s readiness for graduate study. Overall, prospective students must be evaluated positively by faculty on their potential for clinical placement and written communication. Of note, prior to the virtual interview, candidates will be provided with written material about the program.

  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

Students must complete 36 credits. Most students complete the MA program in two years of full-time study. Please note that students must complete all coursework (aside from PSYC 510) prior to enrolling in PSYC 680. For more information, please visit the Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Concentration (MA) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Psychology Concentration (MA) Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Jessica Spat-Lemus