Clinical Psychopharmacology

M.A. Psychopharmacology

The M.A. in Psychopharmacology program is designed to provide general knowledge of psychopharmacology and medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care, specifically for practitioners and leaders who are not psychologists or doctoral psychology students. However, students should have undergraduate or graduate degrees in related fields, such as:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Related fields of psychology

Students will learn how to increase their current competencies in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, and engage in case-based learning that will enhance their collaborative practice skills.

Graduates of the Online M.A. Psychopharmacology program can emerge with the skills needed to advance their career within a variety of professional settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Mental health practices
  • Integrated care facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities

M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology

Psychologists are finding themselves working collaboratively with physicians in addressing the mental health needs of their clients—including the use of medications in treating mental disorders. As a result, many states are taking steps to extend prescriptive authority to licensed psychologists that have received appropriate training.

In anticipation of state authorization, The Chicago School has partnered with the Illinois Psychology Association in developing the M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program. The M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology is a post-doctoral program that helps licensed or license-eligible clinical psychologists prepare for prescriptive authority. Increasing competencies in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, this psychopharmacology program is designed to educate practitioners who wish to expand their scope of practice.

This 31-credit, psychopharmacology master’s program is aligned with the didactic curriculum of the 2009 American Psychological Association (APA) Recommended Postdoctoral Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology.

Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and interact with fellow students and your professor.

M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track

The M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology, Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track program is designed for students who are current clinical psychology practitioners and leaders who wish to expand their knowledge base in psychopharmacology, including the medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care.

The Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track consists of all the courses from the coursework only track, but with the addition of 18 clinical rotation courses and a Clinical Competency Examination. For more information about the course load, contact your enrollment counselor by requesting more information below.


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