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Certificate in Clinical Psychological Science (CLNPSYACRT)Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


Students completing the Certificate in Clinical Psychological Science will develop an in-depth understanding of clinical psychological science, from theory to its application in the laboratory and/or a wide variety of applied mental and behavioral health-service settings. The certificate is designed to improve student competitiveness for graduate training in applied psychology and related fields or for entry-level positions (such as behavioral technicians) in mental and behavioral health settings. The required courses teach students about state-of-the-art experimental methods and theory from psychological and brain sciences that can be leveraged to address pressing psychological problems. The applied field experiences and associated supervision/discussion section will allow students to be exposed to real-world situations and practice settings in order to develop an appreciation of how psychological and mental health problems are manifest and addressed. The interdisciplinary breadth requirement will ensure that students learn about how psychological and mental health issues are conceptualized, studied, and addressed by other disciplines.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Clinical Psychological Science Core. Two (2) courses:
  2. Additional Courses. Three (3) courses:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  3. Interdisciplinary Breadth. One (1) course:
    • EDUC-G 207 Introduction to Sport Psychology and Athlete Mental Health
    • EDUC-G 375 Multicultural Counseling-related Skills and Communication
    • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
    • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
    • SPH-B 310 Hlth Care in Diverse Communities
    • SPH-B 335 Aging, Health and Diverse Populations
    • SPH-B 366 Community Health
    • SPH-B 416 Intro to Health Counseling
    • SPH-H 311
    • SPH-H 345 Introduction to Causes and Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
    • SPH-H 381
    • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction
    • SWK-S 300 Selected Topics in Social Work
  4. Applied Experience. One (1) course:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • Other 3-credit-hour options requiring program approval include:
      • Internships Outside of Psychology
  5. Applied Experience Discussion. One (1) course:
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * Requires program approval.