The Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP), an independent not-for-profit graduate school, provides an educational climate which inspires students to live up to their potential, professionally and personally. The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is offered in a one year full-time, or three year part-time format. The Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree is a full-time, minimum four-year, post-masters program. The institution has been a leader in clinical, experiential self-directed education for over 30 years. Its curriculum emphasizes personal growth, authenticity and creativity as integral parts of the academic process.
MiSPP is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The PsyD program is also designated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada.
Housed on a wooded, four-acre campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan, MiSPP was created specifically to generate a learning climate that reflects the school’s mission and its emphasis on growth and potential. The carefully designed facilities offer open and welcoming surroundings that foster collaborative education. The campus includes the Moustakas Johnson Library, Wilkinson Research Center, a spacious atrium for gathering, and areas for self-reflection, such as the Diane Sklar Blau Sculpture Garden.
MiSPP’s faculty has a diverse range of clinical experience in many disciplines. These disciplines include health psychology, clinical psychology, multi-cultural psychology, education, philosophy and research. A partnership exists between students and faculty in pursuit of a common goal: advance professional development and increase personal growth. In this endeavor, students and faculty co-create the optimal learning environment.
As a graduate student, you will benefit from individualized attention and experiential learning afforded by the MiSPP educational environment. Faculty support academic freedom of inquiry and freedom in research, principles that are essential to the purpose of higher education and fundamental to the advancement of knowledge and truth. The responsibility for the integrity of the academic programs lies with the faculty who continually assess and enhance content and requirements to meet the needs of today’s clinicians.
MiSPP employs the practitioner-scholar training model which generates an exchange between the clinical work and scholarship, with each perspective informing and balancing the other. This model incorporates the development of reflective skills, critical thinking, disciplined inquiry and multiple ways of knowing in practice, while stressing the important role of theory and research in informing practice.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MA) is an intensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become limited licensed psychologists and psychotherapists.
Consistent with the mission of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, the purpose of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program is to educate and train students to become competent professional psychologists. Utilizing the practitioner-scholar model, the program provides students with a broad foundation in clinical psychology and research methods.
Clinical training complements classroom education, provides opportunities to work with competent clinicians in diverse settings, and helps students strengthen core competencies and their professional identities. Through their clinical training placements, students are involved in progressive and developmentally sequenced clinical experiences that prepare them for beginning professional practice upon receipt of their degrees.
MiSPP is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The PsyD program is also accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is designated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada.
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: MA = 47; PsyD = 141
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): MA = $571 ; PsyD = $712 USD
Classification: Specialized Institution—Other
Locale: Small City