The Department of Psychology offers advanced training in 3 areas of psychology: 1) Behavioral Clinical Psychology, 2) Clinical Psychology, and 3) General Experimental Psychology. (School Psychology is an integrated program with the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. Persons interested in advanced training in School Psychology should apply to the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling in the College of Education.) For details, procedures and requirements for admission to the graduate Options in Clinical and General Experimental, consult the Department of Psychology Graduate Handbook (www.csun.edu/psychology). For details, procedures, applications and requirements for admission regarding the option in Behavioral Clinical Psychology consult the Tseng College website (http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/masters.html).
- M.A., Psychology
- Option in Behavioral Clinical Psychology
- Option in Clinical Psychology
- Option in General Experimental Psychology
The vision of the Department of Psychology is summed up in one word: “Relevance.” The Department of Psychology, housed in a University serving one of the world’s most diverse urban regions, is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. Our mission is to provide students with a strong academic background in psychology, as well as to help them develop professional competence.We encourage students to develop critical-thinking skills, creative abilities, interpersonal skills, ethical values and integrity in an inclusive community in which teaching and mentoring of students is valued. Our courses encourage scholarship, intellectual inquiry, professional achievement and service to the community. Students acquire many skills through field work and service learning as well as involvement in research projects guided by our faculty. We encourage students to gain knowledge and comprehension of the theories, concepts and empirical approaches used in psychology and their application to the human condition. Our Program offers a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches, including biological, developmental, behavioral, individual and social systems, as well as learning and cognitive processes. As part of their academic training, students gain knowledge and understanding of research methodology and the statistical analysis of empirical data. Through the Department’s commitment to applied social science research, students obtain the critical core skills necessary to meet the needs of the region, as well as to be competitive in the multicultural marketplace as either members of the workforce or as graduate students.
Most careers in psychology require graduate study at the Master’s or Doctoral level. However, there are increasing opportunities in business, education and health care for Bachelor’s-level psychologists. Appropriate Master’s Degree Programs can lead to a wide range of careers, including school psychology, behavior analysis, business applications (human factors psychology and industrial-organizational psychology), clinical psychology (if one receives appropriate education and obtains a license), and a variety of other careers found in school settings (counseling, testing, research and administration), as well as community mental health clinics, prevention and/or high risk programs for health/lifestyle issues, programs using applied behavior analysis, rehabilitation centers and other health facilities. Psychologists also are employed by nearly all levels of governmental agencies, such as the Department of Education, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as state, county and local mental health services. Psychologists who receive their Doctorate may become professors, researchers, consultants, public policy analysts and licensed clinical psychologists.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) Program
The Psychology Department’s BCBA Program has been approved by the BACB® to meet the course work requirements for eligibility for the Board Certification Exam. Candidates who do not yet have a Master’s Degree may apply to the Psychology Department’s Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology. The BCBA Program is comprised of five 3-unit graduate-level courses and two 1-unit preparatory courses within a 17-unit program (255 classroom hours) formulated to address the Content Areas detailed by the Board. Consult the Program website for details about the Program, answers to frequently asked questions, application procedures and requirements for admission (http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/bcba/bcba.html).