Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

What will I do with the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACL) degree?

The MACL degree prepares individuals who wish to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and/or pursue doctoral education in clinical psychology. The coursework is designed to meet licensure requirements in Missouri and surrounding states and can easily be adapted for a student’s intended state of practice. Students work closely with their Advisor and the Program Director to ensure the degree meets their career goals and licensing requirements.

Students graduating with a MACL degree can work in a variety of settings, including:
  • Private Practice
  • Community mental health careers
  • Schools
  • Hospitals

Requirements for the MACL Program

Locations offered: Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri

Before completion and submission of the application, please read the following requirements thoroughly. Contact the Forest Admissions Office at 800-424-7793 or if you have questions.
  • Prospective students need a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and must have earned a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants without the required GPA are considered on a highly selective basis and are invited to address this issue in their personal essay. If the applicant is extended an invitation to interview, this issue will be discussed in detail.
  • Applicants need the equivalent of 12 semester hours in the social sciences, six (6) of which must be in psychology, with a grade of B or better in each course. Incoming students must have successfully completed Abnormal Psychology. A prior course in Statistics is highly recommended, but not required.

The application packet consists of a completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of $50, in addition to the following:

  1. Three Professional Recommendations
    College professors, supervisors, or others who have known the candidate for one year or longer and who have evaluated the candidate's personal, professional, and academic qualifications should be contacted to complete the Professional Recommendation Form. At least three professional recommendations are required.
  2. Personal Essay
    Through the personal essay much is learned about the candidate, including his/her interests, goals, character and if he/she is a good fit for the programs at Forest. Personal essays should range from two to four pages in length using 1" margins, double spacing, and preferably Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Essays should be tailored to the program or cluster for which admission is sought. Ex. Prospective MACL students should discuss the MACL focus in their essay. Essays must specifically address the following:
    • What personal knowledge, skills, attitudes, qualities, and life experiences do you possess that would make you a good mental health professional? Elaborate on which of these you will bring to your training at Forest Institute. Which do you hope to develop during your training at Forest Institute?
    • Discuss why you believe that you are "fitted for a future in being of service to the diverse human community" as a mental health professional.
    • Please tell us any additional information that you believe the Admissions Committee should know to assist in making their decision regarding your application.
  3. Current Resume/Vitae
    List other activities since high school, including military service, that are relevant to professional goals.
  4. Official Transcripts
    Official transcript of all graduate and undergraduate work are required, including part-time and summer sessions, and should be mailed directly from all institutions attended since secondary school. If college credits were earned while in secondary school, an official transcript is required of the college/university from which those credits were received.

*Candidates who meet admission requirements will be invited to participate in an interview. Following the interview, the candidate is evaluated and rated on suitability for the degree program. Information obtained from the interview is used to make the final decision regarding admission.

Applications for admission are available from the Admissions Office and on-line, and should be submitted either in person, by mail, by FAX, or electronically through the Forest web site. Because those accepted into the program will render services to the public, Forest routinely performs a personal background check on all incoming students, following written consent.

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