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New Mexico Highlands University
University Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
There are two different tracks offered at the New Mexico Highlands University in which students can obtain a Master of Science Degree in Psychology. The General Psychology track consists of 36 credit hours and is designed to give a similar background knowledge to those who are studying on a Doctoral level. It offers knowledge of all areas of Psychology as well as the chance to specialize in a certain field. The Clinical Psychology track consists of 67 credit hours in this specialized area and is specifically for students wishing to study further at a Doctoral level or practice as Psychological Clinician. [full profile]
Masters of Science Degree in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science Clinical Psychology/Counseling Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Online
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
2850 Weddell Street, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
The Department of Psychology at New Mexico State University-Main Campus offers a number of graduate and undergraduate programs designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the psychology field. There are several emphasis on all programs which include cognitive psychology, engineering psychology and social psychology. The department boasts 12 full time, highly educated faculty members who are passionate about teaching and implementing new methods, theories and experiences in the world of psychology. Graduates are equipped with a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge designed to help them reach their eventual career goals and become successful practitioners in a wide range of Psychology fields. [full profile]
Masters in Engineering Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Cognitive Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Social Pscychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus

Psychology Education In New Mexico

New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment and it seems that it is certainly enchanting for those who want to become psychologists. There is significant demand for these professionals in the state. As a result, pay and benefits are also very competitive. As a psychologist, you will work directly with people who rely on you for their mental well being. This is a huge responsibility and the state takes that very seriously indeed. As a result, the state has put in place a number of very strict requirements for anybody who wants to become a psychologist.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in New Mexico

The minimum educational requirement for prospective psychologists is to hold a doctorate degree. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards accepts both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs. The major of the degree must be in counseling, clinical or school psychology. Graduates must also provide evidence of completion to the board. The exception to the doctorate rule is for educational psychologists. They only need to hold a master's degree from an accredited university, or an accredited Educational Specialist Degree.

To obtain a doctorate degree, you must first complete a four year bachelor's degree. This is then followed by a two year master's degree. At that point, you will need to choose to complete either a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. and there are significant differences between these two. A Ph.D. takes around four years to complete due to its original research thesis requirement. A Psy.D., by contrast, usually only takes two years to complete. Choosing between these two is very important, as the career you will end up having will also be very different.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in New Mexico

Additionally, the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department has determined that psychologists must complete 3,000 hours (two years) of supervised professional experience before they can be licensed. No more than half of this can be completed during an internship or residency during the degree program. At least half of it must be completed after the doctoral program. Supervisors must provide prospective psychologists with all the necessary paperwork to prove supervision had taken place.

New Mexico Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, prospective psychologists in New Mexico have to pass two examinations. The first is the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is a national test administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This is a 225 multiple choice question examination that covers the eight core areas of psychology:

• 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

To pass the exam, you must answer at least 70% of questions correctly. The current cost of this examination is $600. This, however, is subject to change.

Secondly, you must complete the Jurisprudence Examination. This exam will allow you to demonstrate the knowledge you have on the laws and ethics pertaining to New Mexico. There is no passing score, as the Board decides whether or not someone passes or fails on an individual basis.

The Career of a Psychologist in New Mexico

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some 980 psychologists worked in the state of New Mexico as of May 2014. These have been subdivided in two categories. As such, the BLS has determined that:

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $63,210 per year, which was an increase of 2.4% compared to the previous year. Their industry has grown by 10.7%
  • All other psychologists earned an average of $89,130 per year, which was an increase of 3.7%. The industry had grown by 21.1% since the last count. It is believed that this is because this subcategory includes the new and emerging field of industrial organization psychology. A huge demand is being created in this field, which is skewing data slightly.

It is important to understand that an average salary means half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earn more. A number of factors are responsible for determining salary. The first is the exact industry in which you work and the second is years of experience. Perhaps most importantly, however, is whether you hold a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., as this so strongly influences the type of work you will do. With a Ph.D., it is likely that you will work either in research or as a lecturer in a university. Holding a Psy.D. means you will deliver direct care to patients with mental health problems, in clinical settings.

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