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The following is a list of Masters in Psychology programs throughout Connecticut. 

Program Type Format
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St, New Britain, CT 6050
Central Connecticut State University offers a Master of Arts program created to give students an advantage in human services professions as well as advancement in further academic studies. The master's program at CCSU combines an education in research and critical evaluation methodology with the necessary techniques and skills in writing, publishing and presenting academic journals for peer and faculty review at professional conferences. The skills gained through this program are expected to arm graduates with an advanced understanding of theoretical and practical applications in the area of psychology. Admission to the program is based on a Bachelor degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 with an additional GPA of 3.00 in all psychology related courses. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
At Sacred Heart University, you can study towards a Master Applied Psychology. This is an online program, which works towards helping you achieve full competency in terms of understanding people and human behavior. This training can be used in a huge range of different careers and industry. The focus is strongly on cutting-edge theory, and how you can apply this to business situations as they happen. The curriculum has been designed by a team of licensed psychologists, and they will teach you how to motivate and empower people as individuals, and companies as a whole. As such, the study is very focused on corporate and business affairs. [full profile]
Master of Science in Applied Psychology Master's Online
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355
At Southern Connecticut State University, you can follow one of three major undergraduate psychology courses. Upon completion, you will hold either a degree in psychology with mental health specialization, regular psychology or psychology with a research specialization. The university offers a range of accredited specialization options, including data gathering and field practicum courses. They are all designed to ensure those who wish to complete an M.A., a Ph.D. or a Psy.D, program meet all the necessary entrance requirements. The university does not have a focus on a particular applied area of psychology, making it a perfect choice for those who aren't sure about their final career yet. [full profile]
Master of Science Degree in School Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Education in Counseling (School Counseling) Master's Campus
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (LPC) Master's Campus
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (LMFT) Master's Campus
University of Connecticut
352 Mansfield Road, Storrs, CT 6269
At the University of Connecticut, you can take part in a number of psychology Ph.D. programs. These are clinical psychology, behavioral neuroscience, ecological psychology, developmental psychology, language and cognition, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology and (interdepartmental) neurosciences. The university ensures that plenty of opportunities are provided to you in terms of gaining pre-professional experience in the relevant fields, including teaching and research. UCONN also offers a range of offsite and onsite benefits, including health benefits to students. As such, they really ensure there is an incentive to complete your program and to push yourself to your academic and intellectual limits. [full profile]
PhD in Psychology with concentrations in Behavioral Neuroscience - Clinical Psychology - Developmental Psychology - Ecological Psychology - Industrial / Organizational Psychology - Language and Cognition - Neurosciences (Interdepartmental) - Social Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master's in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Organization Psychology Master's Online
PsyD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus

Psychology Education In Connecticut

If you wish to become a licensed psychologist in Connecticut, you will first need to obtain a doctorate degree. The Connecticut Board of Examiners of Psychologists has set a number of very strict guidelines before somebody can work as a psychologist in the field of mental health care. Below is an outline of what will be required of you.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Connecticut

The first step is to obtain a bachelor's degree, which will take around four years to complete. Next, you will need to take part in a two year master's degree. Finally, you will have to study towards a doctorate degree. There are two options available to you. The first is the Psy.D.. This is a clinical degree that prepares you to work directly with patients, diagnosing and assessing their mental health conditions and providing them with treatment, including psychotherapy. It generally takes around two years to complete a Psy.D. The second option is the Ph.D. This takes significantly longer to complete (usually four years) and is a research-based degree. To be awarded a Ph.D., you must complete and defend a thesis on a piece of original research that influences the field of psychology. On graduation, you will be able to work in the same functions as someone with a Psy.D.. However, most of those who hold a Ph.D. get to work in research, trying to further the field of psychology overall. Alternatively, they become lecturers and teach the next generation of psychologists.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Connecticut

Connecticut has also determined that doctorate graduates must complete a full year of supervised professional experience after their doctorate degree in order to become licensed. This must be completed over the course of one year full time, or two years part time if you want to include some of the internship hours you did during your degree program. Supervision must be offered by a fully licensed psychologist, and the experience must be obtained in the field of study that you are interested in.

Connecticut Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, in order to become a psychologist in Connecticut, you must take and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). This is a national test that is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). It is a 225 multiple choice question test that includes questions in the following eight core areas;

  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
  • Growth and Lifespan Development
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

At least 70% of questions must be answered correctly in order for a passing rate to be awarded. The test is national and focuses on nationally accepted standards. There are multiple centers across Connecticut where it is administered. At present, the cost to take part in the test is $600, although this amount may change.

The Career of a Psychologist in Connecticut

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are around 1,900 psychologists employed in the state as of May 2014. Their salaries vary depending on their years of experience and degree, but also depending on the type of psychologist that they are. As such:

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earn an average of $86,120 per year. This is a growth of 1.7% since the last count. The projected employment growth in this area is 5.1%.
  • All other psychologists earn an average of $85,670, which represents a growth of 3.2%. The projected employment growth is 15.8%.

An average salary means that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earns more. Interestingly, the BLS has not yet counted the number of industrial organizational psychologists in Colorado. It is believed that these may receive their own sub-category at the next count. Indeed, the above average employment growth of 15.8% in the category of all other psychologists is likely to reflect industrial organizational psychologists. This is because this is a new and emerging field of work that is growing rapidly across the nation. Connecticut is no different and it is likely that demand is high in this area as well.

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