Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology


The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACL) provides a solid foundation in clinical psychology, involving analysis and treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral pathologies. Students learn theories of practice and how to work with culturally diverse clients.

The MACL is a licensable degree program at Forest Institute. This program is offered during the day, afternoon, and some evenings to support the schedule of working professionals. The curriculum requires the completion of 54 hours of course work, practicum, and a thesis. Upon graduation, students in the MACL are prepared to enter the mental health field or pursue an advanced degree by applying to a doctoral program.
The faculty, staff and administration of the program are focused on students and strive to provide the best possible student service and instruction. Instructors in the program are professionals in the mental health field who bring their everyday hands-on experience and expertise to the classroom.

Degree benefits

Students who choose the MACL program take four courses every sixteen weeks. Each course is offered once a year and students are expected to follow their curriculum plan. Students are expected to attend on a full-time basis. With continuous enrollment, students can complete the program in two years.

What can I do with the MACL?

The program is designed for students who wish to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). Students should work closely with the program director and advisor to be sure the degree meets their state's specific licensing requirements.

Students graduating with an MACL degree can work in a variety of settings:

  • Private practice
  • Community
  • Schools
  • Hospitals

Competencies and Curriculum

Program Goals and Objectives

Graduates of the MACL program will demonstrate requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes in the following competency areas:

1. Relationship
a. Professional Demeanor and Self-Awareness
b. Working with Others and Diversity in Relationships
c. Ethics of Relationships
2. Assessment
a. Diagnosis and Case Conceptualization
b. Developing Rapport and Clinical Interviewing
c. Assessment Instruments
d. Ethics of Assessment
3. Intervention
a. Intervention Planning
b. Intervention Implementation
c. Intervention Evaluation
d. Ethics of Intervention
4. Diversity
a. Diversity Identity
b. Diversity and Power, Oppression, and Privilege
c. Individual and Cultural Differences (ICD) Special Knowledge
d. Culturally-Competent Services
e. Ethics of Diversity
5. Research and Evaluation
a. Scientific Method
b. Critical Evaluation of Research
c. Research and Evaluation in Applied Settings


The curriculum requires the completion of 54 credit hours. A sample educational plan for a fall start is below.

Fall term
Spring term
Summer term
Clinical Risk Management (1)
Research Design (3)

Human Diversity (3)
Psychopathology I (3)
Objective Assessment (3)
Lifespan Development (3)
Relationship & Interview (3)
Ethics (3)
Group Intervention (3)
Psychopathology II (3)
Theories of Personality (3)


Year 1 Total

(13) semester, 13 Total
(12) semester, 25 total
(6) semester, 31 total
Family Intervention (3)
Career Development (3)
Substance Abuse (3)
Cognitive Assessment (3)
Thesis (1)
Practicum (3)
MACL Practicum (3)
Practicum (3)

Thesis (1)


Year 2 Total

(10) semester, 41 total
(7) semester, 48 total
(6) semester, 54 total