Degree Requirements for Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree program (MACP) is a 90 quarter unit degree that meets California licensing requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists. A separate 90-unit track meets requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors. To complete the degree a student must meet both a unit requirement and a residency requirement.
Residency is defined as the number of quarters of study for which a student must be enrolled. In the MACP program, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 90 units and 8 full- time quarters, or 16 half-time quarters, or the equivalent. Some of the coursework requirements are satisfied through weekend courses or may be completed online. A full-time quarter consists of 10-15 units. All quarters of residency must be completed for graduation.
Students also have options to pursue their Master’s in Clinical Psychology Degree with a concentration in Latino Mental Health (90 units) or in Healthy Aging (96 units). The Program also offers a track for students interested in meeting qualifications for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure (90 units) or a dual track for MFT/LPCC (99 units). All of the concentrations and track options in the Program may be completed within 8 full-time quarters, except the MFT/LPCC dual track is 9 full-time quarters.
Students must complete their degree within 5 calendar years of the first admission including any leaves of absence or periods of withdrawal. Students are able to transfer up to 9 units of graduate psychology courses taken elsewhere if they meet Antioch University’s requirements for transfer credit. Units must be current and no older than 5 years. To apply for transfer credit, obtain the Permission to Transfer Units Form from the Registrar’s Office.
Board of Behavioral Sciences Educational Requirements
Students awarded the degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University meet the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) curriculum requirements for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of California. Students interested in licensure in a state other than California should contact that state’s professional licensing body for information on academic and clinical training requirements for licensure in that state. Although our accredited degree generally meets out-of-state requirements, most states have specific course or training requirements unique to that jurisdiction.
BBS regulations specify the coursework and professional training experience that must be completed within a 90 unit degree. Degree requirements for all students include 225 hours of face to face hours of clinical training experience. Students enrolled in the Healthy Aging Concentration must complete 75 clinical training hours in face to face contact and/or client advocacy with older adults and their families. Students enrolled in the Latino Mental Health Concentration must complete 75 clinical training hours in face to face contact and/or client advocacy with Latino or Hispanic clients.
Students awarded the degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University will have met the California BBS curriculum and training requirements leading up to licensure.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement
The Psychology Program requires all students in the Clinical Program to engage in personal therapy. This requirement is based upon the belief that psychotherapy is a vital component of the training and growth of psychotherapists, and that it is the professional responsibility of every therapist to identify, address, and work through personal issues that may have an impact on clinical interactions with future clients.
Graduate students in the MACP program are required to complete 20 hours of personal individual, couples, family or group therapy during the course of the program. This requirement is met by seeing a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Psychologist, or a Board Certified Psychiatrist. A completed Psychotherapy Documentation form is filed with the Registrar to verify completion of the personal psychotherapy requirement. Psychotherapy hours earned prior to beginning the program are not eligible for meeting this requirement. Students are advised to plan for this requirement and to complete their hours early in their enrollment in order to finish prior to graduation.