The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Information for Prospective Students

If you are considering making a commitment to professional training, it is a significant life decision. Beyond textbooks and coursework, time and academic effort, individuals must dedicate themselves willingly to human service.

The work of a counselor requires a variety of interpersonal and attitudinal skills. Some of these skills can be taught and are cultivated in the program. Other important traits associated with being a counseling professional include (but are not limited to) a curious and respectful demeanor towards others, respect for others, openness to feedback, and an attitude of tolerance and temperance when it comes to learning and relationships. Self-reflection and self-understanding will go a long way in assisting the prospective student in finding the right career fit.


Anyone entering the field of clinical counseling also must understand that despite the expertise of the counselor, or the advances in available treatment, the accessible knowledge and wisdom in the profession will always fall short of public hope and expectation. This fosters a healthy modesty about the value and power of this helping profession. But it also makes it essential that counselors maintain a willingness to learn, develop and hold themselves with both the competence and the courage they will need to act upon the wisdom their experiences have afforded them. With a superior reputation for preparing students for the workforce, our graduates are employed primarily in private practice, public mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment facilities and social service agencies serving individuals and families.

The Program welcomes your inquiry and invites you to contact us if you have questions about our program or the admissions process. We understand the seriousness of a decision to continue your education, and we are happy to meet with you to discuss your career goals.


Our Program offers the option of taking a specific set of courses designed to prepare the student to work with a specific population. While electing a subspecialty is not a program requirement, subspecialty tracks do allow students to develop special knowledge in psychological approaches to understand and treat specific populations.

Students who enroll in a subspecialty track complete the core courses required of all students. In addition, they complete a series of classes in the subspecialty and acquire clinical experience relevant to the area. Please keep in mind that if you choose a subspecialty, the courses required will consume most of your elective course options.


Starting the Program

New students are admitted to Benedictine's Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program four times per year: at the beginning of the fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters. Both day and evening classes are available.

A new student orientation meeting is scheduled at the start of each quarter for all new students. In addition, each new student meets with his or her academic advisor to create a curricular plan that fits the student's interests, individual commitments, and responsibilities. Individual advising is then provided regularly throughout the student's academic career..

All students are required to have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology, as well as a course in Statistics. At least two of these classes must be taken prior to being considered for admission to the Program. The remaining undergraduate courses may be taken concurrently with graduate work.


Student Success in the Program

For  the past five years, the Program has hosted the National Counselor's Exam (NCE) here at Benedictine University. The State of Illinois uses the National  Counselor's Exam as the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam. Students who pass the NCE do not need to take the LPC exam to be licensed as their passing score on the NCE is provided to the State of Illinois.

MSCP students who have taken the NCE at Benedictine have consistently scored much higher than the national average as reported by the National Board of Certified Counselors. In addition, approximately 97% of our students pass the test the first time they take it. We are proud of the quality training and preparation we provide our students.

Program Policies

Non-Discrimination Policy

Benedictine University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The University admits students of any age, religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Whenever the person is otherwise qualified, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, disability or veteran status in administration of educational and employment policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Policy on Academic Progress

Recognizing that there are professional competencies and conduct not measurable by academic achievement, the graduate program and the University reserve the right to discontinue students who, in the judgment of the faculty, do not meet the standards promulgated by professional organizations in the human services field in which the student is studying.

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For Admissions inquiries:

Alyssa Szynal  (630-829-6399)

Member of the Council for Applied Master's Programs in Psychology (CAMPP)