With the program chair’s permission, a student may be eligible to enroll in up to six semester hours of graduate coursework prior to being admitted into the MS in Psychology program.
All requirements for the master’s degree are to be completed within five years from the time of first course registration post admission for the graduate MS in Psychology program at La Verne. Appeals for extension of time limitations must be made in writing to the Graduate Appeals Committee.
All students are admitted into the program under a pre-candidacy status. After the completion of 12 semester hours, all stu- dents become eligible for candidacy status and are evaluated by the following criteria: GPA of 3.0 or above, a passing score on the Competency Examination (PSY 595), and demonstrated personal suitability for the counseling profession. Occasionally, students may receive a provisional candidacy status in which certain conditions must be completed before they can receive candidacy status. In some instances, students may be denied candidacy and be discontinued from the program. All students must receive candidacy status in order to complete the program.
During their coursework in the program, students continue to be evaluated for demonstrated suitability to the program and the counseling profession. Occasionally, discontinuation of a student from the program may occur, even after the conferring of candidacy status, if the student’s personal or professional behavior does not continue to meet minimum professional and/or academic standards.
The department believes that students entering the profession benefit professionally, personally, and academically from experiencing personal psychotherapy, and believes that psychotherapy is a necessary training experience for counseling professionals. Therefore, all students enrolled in the MS in Psychology program are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of personal psychotherapy during their year of fieldwork placement (PSY 580, 581). Students should design a treatment plan for departmental approval, with their fieldwork instructor. Students must complete 5 (five) hours of personal therapy by the end of PSY 580 to earn academic credit for that class and must complete all 10 (ten) required hours by the end of PSY 581 in order to receive credit for that course. The therapy may include individual, couple, family, or group therapy, depending on the individual student’s issues and preferences.
The Competency Exam is a program requirement that must be completed in order to be eligible to begin the fieldwork experience. For students in the MS in Psychology program, the exam is based upon, and occurs after successful completion of PSY 512, 516, 517, and 527. The exam is scheduled in June each year. All conditions of admission must be completed, and the student must be making satisfactory progress in the program, in order to sit for the exam. Students should complete the competency exam after all graduate level prerequisites are completed but prior to the start of the 30th semester hour. Exceptions to this must be approved by the program chair in writing.
Students must receive advanced standing in order to enroll in Graduate Seminar (PSY 596), the culminating activity for the MS in Psychology Program. Students are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing when they have completed 35 semester hours. Students must have completed all provisions or conditions of admission, have passed the competency exam, be in Good Standing, and have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all work applicable in the degree programs in order to apply for advanced standing.
Leave of Absence.
Students are expected to participate in coursework each semester until degree completion. A student who finds it necessary to interrupt his or her studies and desires to return should contact the Program Chair to request a leave of absence. With a leave of absence, a student may be absent from ULV for no more than two semesters without reapplying for admission. Students absent during a Fall or Spring semester without an approved leave of absence will be considered withdrawn.