Our curriculum was developed with the practitioner-scientist in mind and has taken into account academic standards, the needs of Alaskans, licensing requirements, and the input of students over the years. The goal of the program is to provide students with a well-rounded education that includes an evidence-based background in the best practices applicable to community mental health settings. The curriculum addresses local behavioral health needs in a context that is culturally sensitive and community focused.

The program is based on sequence of core classes provides competencies that are essential for a mental health service provider and practitioner-scientist. The classes emphasize supervised, hands-on practice.

The number of credits required for the MS degree is 45 core credits and 3 elective credits. A thesis is not required.

Core Courses
The following courses are required of all students. They represent the basic skills we believe are necessary for practicing psychotherapists and developing scientists.

  •      PSY 604 Biological & Pharmacological Bases of Behavior
  •      PSY 609 Applied Research Methods
  •      PSY 611 Ethics and Professional Practice
  •    PSY 612 Advanced Human Development
  •     PSY 622 Multicultural Psychopathology      
  •    PSY 623 Intervention I 
  •    PSY 624 Group Therapy
  •     PSY 626 Family Therapy
  •      PSY 627 Community Based Intervention Skills
  •     PSY 633 Tests and Measurement in a Multicultural Context
  •     PSY 654 Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy
  •      PSY 665 Psychotherapy Practicum
  •      PSY 670 Psychotherapy Internship (2 semesters)
  •      PSY 681 Substances of Abuse in Alaska (1credit)
  •       PSY 682 Clinical Interventions for Substance Abuse (1 credit)
  •   PSY 683 Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning (1 credit)

Elective Courses
At least 3 credits of elective courses are required. Elective courses will be offered on a regular basis on a variety of subjects.