What does the program require?
Admission to University of Maryland graduate programs is highly competitive and space is limited. Admitted students will have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and will answer an essay question (the prompt is provided below) . Students will also be asked to submit a resume or CV and two letters of recommendation. This program does not require that students have a background in psychology or have taken the GRE.
A select number of students will be asked to complete interviews as part of the application process. An invitation to complete an interview does not guarantee admissions.
What should my essay/professional statement include?
In 500 words or less, please write a statement that addresses how your past professional/academic experiences have shaped your current professional goals. You may wish to discuss work in your intended field, your plans for a professional career, and/or how you developed your interest or knowledge in your chosen subject. What are your reasons for undertaking graduate study in the Master's of Professional Studies program in Clinical Psychological Science at the University of Maryland, College Park?
Do I need to go to the University for my classes?
Yes. Classes are taught after work hours to accommodate students’ work schedules. All classes are complemented with additional assignments and supplementary materials online that can be completed off campus. Students can also choose to meet with their faculty advisors either on campus, online, or over the phone.
Will I get to do therapy as part of my course work?
No. This program does not provide direct training in therapy. While students will have an excellent overview of specific therapeutic interventions, providing therapy to clients in the community is outside the scope of the program. If students are interested in opportunities to gain experience in clinical settings, they may work with program advisors to find externships in the community.