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Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/MFT/LPCC

NDNU’s Clinical Psychology Department approaches the study of psychology with a value on the development of the whole person throughout the lifespan, and with training that affirms myriad dimensions of the human condition. The CPD is grounded in a psychological approach that is integrative, emphasizing the interdependence of psychological, developmental, relational, affective, cognitive, behavioral, cultural, social, neurobiological, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior. Guided by the scholar-practitioner model, the CPD values curiosity; honors diversity in academic, theoretical, and learning approaches; and believes in the validity of theoretical, empirical, experiential and clinical forms of knowing and learning. Scientific, philosophical, humanistic, aesthetic, spiritual and cultural ways of understanding human dynamics are all valued. The Clinical Psychology program prepares students to become either licensed or unlicensed mental health professionals qualified to pursue a range of jobs in medical, mental health, administration, social service, educational, geriatric, research and business settings, as well as developing students for future doctoral studies.

Notre Dame de Namur University offers three master level programs in Clinical Psychology:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degree (MSCP). The MSCP degree, at 37 units, prepares students for future doctoral studies in the field of psychology, and can serve as a terminal degree for unlicensed, master’s level mental health professionals who wish to work within a broad range of clinical and administrative settings.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) degree.  The MS Clinical Psychology/MFT degree, at 60 units, may serve as a terminal degree, enabling students to pursue a license in marriage and family therapy (MFT) to practice as a marriage and family therapist in a variety of clinical and administrative settings. The MS Clinical Psychology/MFT degree may also be for students interested in doctoral studies.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) degree.   This combined degree, at 67 units, enables students to pursue clinical licenses as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) and as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC).  The MSCP/MFT /LPCC degree may also be for students interested in doctoral studies.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.


  • Comprehensive program offers the MSCP, MSCP/MFT, and MSCP/MFT/LPCC degrees, a clinical gerontology concentration, and choices for fulfilling, individualized professional, career goals.
  • Academic model and professional training program emphasizes professional development through mentoring relationships, personalized learning, community based learning and service, academic direction, mission and value-based learning, and rigorous clinical training.
  • Fulfills California state academic requirements for licensed psychotherapists — marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) — and provides comprehensive and competitive training to prepare for MFT and LPCC exams and licensures.
  • Provides solid preparation and advising for doctoral studies, leading towards licensure as a clinical psychologist.
  • Provides master’s level training in clinical psychology applicable to many backgrounds: psychology, social work, sociology, biology, business, education, nutrition, etc.
  • Emphasizes well-rounded clinical training and innovative psychotherapy courses with professors who are experienced as clinicians and actively practicing in the field.
  • Courses are conveniently offered in the late afternoon, evening, and weekends.
  • Sponsors Practicum Training Fair with multiple community agencies, providing opportunities for competitive practicum and internship placements throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Sponsors Professional Speakers Series to augment educational and professional opportunities.
  • Includes thesis research project related to professional interests with hands-on assistance by faculty.
  • Supports intensive clinical training through Clinical Seminar/Practicum and Supervised Field Experience courses, guided by the Director of Clinical Training, which can count towards MFT licensure.
  • Collaboration between faculty and students, and professional and peer networking opportunities, are fostered by the Clinical Psychology Student Government Association (CPD SGA)

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students throughout the year for fall, spring and summer semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements. Please note that the Clinical Psychology program requires two letters of recommendation, an autobiographical statement and an interview. Please see specific program and admission requirements. Admission is competitive, so to ensure admission to the semester of your choice, we urge you to complete your application and provide required documents well before the following priority deadlines: August 1 — Fall Admission; December 1 — Spring Admission; April 1 — Summer Admission.

We also recommend satisfying all prerequisites prior to application submission to ensure more timely completion of program requirements as all prerequisite requirements must be satisfied (inclusive of B- or better grade) by the end of the first year, and prior to consideration for advancement to candidacy. Students who fail to satisfactorily complete their prerequisites in the designated time frame will not be able to continue taking courses/advance to candidacy in their program.


Graduate Admissions

Helen Marlo, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Clinical Psychology

Hannah Yanow, MA, Advising Analyst and Administrative Coordinator

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