Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- Where are all of the classes held? Are there any online courses?
All program classes are offered at the UCF Sanford/Lake Mary campus (in the joint facility building with Seminole State College, called the Partnership Center).Only one course in our curriculum is offered partially online. All others are face-to-face.
We generally try to schedule all of the courses two days per week (all day) so that students have three days to schedule hours for their practicum and internship experiences.
- May I take courses that are also offered in other programs on another campus?
No, students are expected to complete the program with their cohort at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
- How long does it take to complete the program? Can I go part-time?
Full-time students complete the program in two calendar years (e.g. August 2017 – August 2019). Full-time enrollment includes summer during both years.We do not admit part-time students. On occasion, when emergencies or other personal circumstances warrant it, students sometimes take a leave of absence or reduce their courseload, but we do not admit students with the option to take courses part-time and extend their time to graduate.
- Where can I get information about financial aid?
Financial Aid for applied masters programs is limited. To learn about financial aid, go to www.graduate.ucf.edu
- Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in psychology?
Not absolutely, but the overwhelming majority of students admitted to the program do have undergraduate degrees in psychology. However, we have occasionally admitted students with degrees in other areas. The key is preparation in psychology: review the admission requirements to see what areas we would like to see you cover. To be a competitive applicant, we expect you to have at least 15 credit hours in psychology coursework and have classes such as abnormal, personality, developmental/child psychopathology, social, and research methods.
- What is the minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) that you will consider?
The minimum GPA is 3.0 out of 4.0 for the last 60 hours of your degree work. Competitive students typically present with a GPA much higher than the minimum.
- Do I have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)? Is there a minimum score I need on the GRE? What is a competitive score on the GRE?
Yes. All students are required to complete the GRE before their application can be considered. At this time, we only require the general exam (Verbal and Quantitative). We do not require the Psychology subject exam. There is no minimum score required; however, a score of 300 or above (Verbal + Quantitative Scales) is generally considered a competitive score.
- How many applications do you receive each year?
Each of the last several years we have received approximately 150 applications.
- How many students do you accept each year?
Each year we admit 16 students to the incoming class. .
- I would like to start in the spring. How do I apply?
We only admit students to the program to begin during the fall semester. Applications are due January 1, we invite a group of applicants for an interview in late February or early March, and students must accept or reject their offers by April 15. Classes begin in mid-August.
- May I take a couple of classes before I begin the program?
No, our courses are offered only to students admitted to the program.
- How many credit hours make up the program?
The total number of credit hours (coursework, practica, and internship) is 61. If you choose to take all of the required courses AND complete an optional thesis, the total number of hours is 67.
- Will I be able to work at my outside job while I am a student?
Graduate study is a very intensive experience. Students are discouraged from working outside jobs. If you feel you must work, 20 hours/week should be your upper limit. During the second year of the program students are required to put in 20 hours/week at their internship sites during the fall and spring semesters and 30 hours/week during the summer, so working 20 hours at an outside job would mean a 40-hour week not including class time and time for homework assignments.
- What is the internship?
During the second year of the program, students complete a 1000 hour internship at a site selected by the student in collaboration with their faculty supervisor. During the fall and spring semesters of the second year, interns work 20 hours/week at their assigned site. Internship counts as one of four courses taken each semester. During the summer semester prior to graduation, interns work 30 hours/week at their assigned site. Internship supervision is the only required course during the final summer semester. Also during that final summer semester, students complete their required comprehensive exam and do a case presentation. Both of those activities are face-to-face on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
- What is the process involved in getting licensed?
At this time our program meets the educational eligibility criteria for licensure or certification as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. Please note the additional eligibility criteria that apply can be found on the Florida Department of Health website.We are unable to confirm the licensure and certification requirements of other states. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.
You are welcome to contact Brian Fisak, Ph.D., with questions in this regard. We will do our best to assist you in your career planning.
- Is the program accredited?
The program is part of UCF which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). However, because the program is in psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA) does not accredit master’s programs, it is not accredited. Counseling and (CACREP) does not accredit psychology programs, but our program is compliant with CACREP requirements. Our curriculum is consistent with the requirements for licensure in the state of Florida.
- Do you accept credits from courses in other master’s programs?
The faculty reviews course syllabi and decides on transfer of credit on a case by case, course by course basis. If the degree program was other than clinical psychology, transfer of credit is unlikely. The maximum number of transfer credits (per College of Graduate Studies policy) from a non-UCF program is nine (9).
- What if I can’t get letters of recommendation from instructors or professors because I took all of my courses online or with graduate teaching assistants?
We require three letters and two of them should be from academics who have had you in class or collaborated with you on research. We understand, however, that sometimes you lose touch with your professors or have other circumstances that prevented you from developing a relationship with them such that they could write you a strong letter. In that case, we strongly recommend you talk with a previous professor about scheduling a face-to-face meeting to talk about your goals for graduate school and performance in their course. Based on that conversation, it may be possible for the professor to write a letter. It is worth a shot! What we recommend you do NOT do is get letters from family, friends, or spiritual leaders. We need to objectively assess your potential academically, and personal letters are generally not helpful in this regard.