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Psychology & Counseling: Program Completion Requirements

Undergraduate Programs

Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

Master's and Post-Master's programs

  • Students may enter programs post baccalaureate or post master's degree.
    • Those seeking entrance post baccalaureate, earn the Master of Arts degree in Psychology upon completion of 45 credit hours for the General Theoretical concentration and 48 credit hours  for the Clinical Services concentration.
    • Applicants seeking admission post-master's should expect to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
    • Upon entering the Educational Specialist Program (EdS) post baccalaureate, students will first complete the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Psychology.
    • To complete the Master of Arts Degree in EdS students will follow the course of studies for the General Theoretical concentration. The M.A. degree is earned after 45 credits and successful completion of the closure experience (e.g., professional contribution or thesis).
  • The Clinical Services concentration involves additional course work for those who have not had certain undergraduate/graduate prerequisites. Students are required to complete a one-semester practicum experience (Psychology 577) as part of the Clinical Services concentration. The practicum experience must be completed before the Internship (Psychology 578). Both Psychology 577 and 578 are restricted to only admit students in the Clinical Services program track.
  • Students are advised to refer to the description provided in the Graduate Studies catalog.
  • Upon completion of the M.A. in Psychology, students will continue to take courses, university based practica, and internship until completion of the Educational Specialist degree.
  • In order to be recommended for certification, students must also successfully pass the Praxis I series including the Reading, Math, Writing, and Praxis II School Psychology Sections.
  • Comprehensive examinations upon completion of the seven required core courses. Further details regarding the comprehensive exam are available in the Student Handbook.
  • Students should be referred to the Graduate handbook and Graduate Catalog for details.


Counseling Candidacy and Degree Requirements
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Psychology Candidacy and Degree Requirements | Student Handbook

Psy.D. Program

Requirements to complete the program are clearly outlined in the Psy.D. Progam Handbook, which is updated annually. An overview of these requirements include (but are not limited to):

  • Completion of 113 credits (51 at the Master's level, 62 at the Doctoral level)
  • Earning a passing score on the Comprehensive Exam (2nd year)
  • Successfully completing/defending an empirical thesis
  • Passing the Clinical Qualifying Exam (3rd year)
  • Completing and defending a Doctoral Project

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Psychology & Counseling Department | McGowan Center, Rooms 1032 & 1034
Grad: (570)348-6226 | Undergrad: (570)348-6270 | Fax: (570)340-6040

Questions about the Psychology Program to Dr. Estelle Campenni at campenni@marywood.edu.
Questions about the Counseling Program to Dr. Jennifer Barna at jbarna@marywood.edu.