Program Options

60-credit Option

Our 60-credit option is designed to prepare the student to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. The student may also choose to pursue doctoral study after completing the 60-credit option. The Forensic Psychology Specialization is available to all students who are following the 60-credit MS option. It requires two extra courses (6 credits), Law and Forensic Psychology: Research & Practice (PSY 627), and Principles and Applications of Forensic Psychology (PSY 634), as well as a forensic focused master’s thesis and forensic practicum and internship experiences.

36-credit Option

Our 36-credit option is the core of the 60-credit option but is not sufficient by itself for licensure. The student who decides to pursue doctoral study with less than a 60-credit master’s degree, or who decides to embark upon an alternative career path, can choose the 36-credit option.

Required Courses

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
PSY 507Statistics and Research Design3
*PSY 528Human Sexuality3
PSY 564Advanced Developmental Psychology3
*PSY 594Physiology and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSY 596Techniques of Therapy3
PSY 602Clinical Psychopathology3
PSY 610Clinical Assessment3
PSY 615Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues for Clinicians3
PSY 621Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapies3
PSY 625Advanced Personality3
**PSY 627Law and Forensic Psychology: Research and Practice3
PSY 628Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning3
**PSY 634Principles and Applications of Forensic Psychology3
PSY 635Group Therapy3
*PSY 637 Advanced Forensic Psychology: Assessment and Treatment3
*PSY 646Social and Multicultural Foundations of Practice3
PSY 665Clinical Practicum3
*PSY 675Clinical Internship6
*PSY 643Vocational Psychology3
*PSY 645Community Psychology3
PSY 699Thesis3

*Students following the 36-credit option do not take these courses.

**Students completing the Forensic Psychology Specialization take these additional courses.

Please Note:

According to recently changed Florida law, any student who graduates from this program after July 1, 2025 will no longer be eligible for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. See the following link: www.barry.edu/main/accreditation/professional-licensure-or-certification.html

Contact Dr. Linda Bacheller, Director, MS Clinical Psychology Program for more information: lbacheller@barry.edu or 305-899-4576.