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College Adds Master's Program in Clinical Psychology

Applications are now being accepted for the newest graduate degree program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: the Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology.

ACPSY Tuition and Costs


Tuition for fall 2016 will not be decided until mid-July when the Penn State Board of Trustees meets.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016


TUITION -Per Credit

PA resident $ 805    
Non-PA resident $1064    


Applied Clinical Psychology Faculty

Program Coordinator: Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dawn Blasko, Ph.D. SUNY at Binghamton, Associate Professor of Psychology
Eric Corty, Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington, Professor of Psychology
Victoria Kazmerski, Ph.D. (SUNY at Stony Brook, Associate Professor of Psychology
Charisse Nixon, Ph.D. West Virginia University, Professor of Psychology

Contact the ACPSY Program or Request Information

For Academic Inquiries and Appointments, contact:

Dr. Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin
Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Psychology


ACPSY International Students

Individuals with international academic credentials will need to submit additional information for their applications to be complete. If you are an international student who requires an I-20 visa, you should submit your complete application six months prior to the start of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies. For fall 2016 admission consideration, applicants will need to submit a complete application before February 15, 2016.

In addition to the application requirements, individuals with international credentials must also submit:

ACPSY Semester Dates and Application Deadlines

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Applications for domestic applicants are due in full by May 1, 2016
  • Applications for individuals who require a student visa are due in full by February 15, 2016.

Access the Semester Schedule from the Penn State Academic Calendar; view key dates and deadlines.

Fall 2016 - Classes begin Monday, August 22

How to Apply to the Master of Applied Clinical Psychology

In addition to the general prerequisites for admission to the Graduate School, the following is required by the ACPSY degree program:

ACPSY Program Overview

This 48-credit program emphasizes study of the scientific bases of behavior, including biological, social, and individual causes and their correlates. The broad training model is oriented to empirically supported treatment and the development of assessment and intervention skills. In addition to course work, you will complete 100 hours of clinical practicum, 600 hours of supervised internship experience, and a master’s research paper.

ACPSY Curriculum / Course Descriptions

The M.A. in Applied Clinical Psychology is a 48-credit program with an optional 12-credit certificate for Licensed Professional Counselor preparation.

The program can be pursued full-time or part-time; courses are currently offered in the daytime. New students can begin the program only in a fall semester.