Hybrid Masters of Clinical Psychology Programs
Hybrid Masters in Clinical Psychology Programs are a combination of online learning and a low residency experience of on-campus courses or meetings. If you are on an academic track to practicing as a licensed clinical psychologist, earning your Master’s Degree is an important step.[i] That said, if you cannot commute to class on a regular basis, finding a partially online program is worth considering. Often in the social sciences and human-centered fields such as psychology, web-based learning is appropriate for the more theoretical and research aspects of your program but not for the patient-centered skills. This is where brief intensives or campus courses can fill in the gaps.
Hybrid Masters in Clinical Psychology programs tend to mirror the traditional campus programs in that they take about 2 years of graduate school after your undergraduate degree. In terms of educational background, whether you have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology is likely to help determine whether you choose a Master of Arts or a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Aside from rigorous coursework, there is often a required internship or supervised clinical practice, and a thesis is required for the M.A. programs.
Are you thinking to yourself, ‘what can I do with a Masters in Clinical Psychology?’ Given that any degree is no guarantee, there may be a few different options depending on the type of career you are aiming for or have prepared for (psychology or counseling). Most often, Hybrid Masters in Clinical Psychology are directive towards one or the other. For instance, after graduation, you might choose to work in clinical mental health counseling once you have completed a practicum and obtained state licensure[ii], or continue onto a doctorate degree program in clinical psychology. In each field, there are specifics in terms of state licensure. Also, in some states, clinical psychologists can actually prescribe medication[iii].
DID YOU KNOW? Clinical Mental Health Counselors are typically required to have a Master’s degree and license to practice[iv]; Clinical Psychologists need a Doctoral degree such as a Ph.D. in Psychology or a Psy.D. in Psychology.[v]
If you are choosing a Hybrid Masters in Clinical Psychology in order to learn the theory and skill-sets of a clinical psychologist, some of the things you could learn might include[vi]:
Sometimes colleges and universities use different terminology to describe Hybrid Masters in Clinical Psychology programs. They may categorize these programs as ‘online’ since they are technically distance-learning programs. However, they may use phrases such as ‘partially’ or ‘blended’ online. Knowing this should give you some insight as you contemplate the ‘how’ in earning your degree. Ultimately the learning delivery method is not what shows up in your transcript or hanging under that potential “licensed clinical psychologist” sign on your intended office door. Review sponsored program listings to find the Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology that aligns with your interests. Each program and psychology school has unique features to look into.
sources [i] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm |[ii] bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/mental-health-counselors-and-marriage-and-family-therapists.htm |[iii] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm |[iv] bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/mental-health-counselors-and-marriage-and-family-therapists.htm |[v] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm |[vi] onetonline.org/link/summary/19-3031.02 |