MS in Psychopharmacology Overview
If you are a licensed clinical psychologist and want to improve the mental health of your community and make a difference for individuals suffering from a mental illness, it’s a smart move to earn your master’s in clinical psychopharmacology. This online clinical psychopharmacology program will prepare you to prescribe psychotropic medications safely and effectively in states and federal jurisdictions where you have prescriptive authority—and that’s just one of the many reasons to earn your psychopharmacology degree. Your knowledge and clinical practice experience in psychopharmacological treatment, psychotropic medication, clinical trials and so much more contribute a lot to the development of health science.
In 1998, the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant established the nation's first postdoctoral MS in clinical psychopharmacology program and has been on the forefront of preparing students like you for prescriptive authority in health sciences ever since.
Join an Innovative Program
CSPP is an incubator for clinical psychopharmacology. With the integration of medication, management, and biopsychosocial treatment, the MS clinical psychopharmacology program is designed to help psychologists across the country become even better mental health professionals and health care providers.
Earn Your Master’s Online
The three-year clinical postdoctoral master's in psychopharmacology (MSCP) program is offered online, with a schedule designed for the working professional in health sciences. As well as online courses, you'll participate in community-based practicum where you will dive deeper into the issues central to the clinical demands, engage in collaborative assessment, and use resources to obtain evidence-based information on medications and treatment guidelines.
Do More for Your Patients
Clinical psychopharmacology is now recognized as a specialty by the APA. As a licensed psychologist with a clinical pharmacology or MSCP, you will be prepared to draw out practical conclusions, make clinical decisions, and oversee the mental health treatment for your patients and ensure that they are receiving the correct medicine, if authorized.
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What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
Does this program lead to licensure for psychotropic prescription?
The overall goals of the program are to educate practicing psychologists to work collaboratively with other health care professionals who prescribe medication, to integrate psychotropic medication and its management in treatment of behavioral and mental disorders, and to prescribe safely and effectively in states and federal agencies that allow psychologists to prescribe. California does not currently grant prescriptive authority to psychologists through a psychopharmacology program, while other states have granted prescriptive authority to psychologists as part of their licensure process. This program is designed to prepare licensed psychologists to prescribe safely and effectively in the states and federal jurisdictions in which they have prescriptive authority.
When does the clinical psychopharmacology postdoctoral MS degree program start?
The program is offered in eight-week terms, and is open for enrollment during each of those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the Clinical Psychopharmacology Postdoctoral MS Degree program?
The clinical psychopharmacology postdoctoral MS online degree is a 30-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, across five semesters. Apply for the master’s in psychopharmacology today.
Take the next step in your career
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.
Founded in 1969, CSPP was one of the nation’s first independent schools of professional psychology. Today, CSPP continues its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals through graduate-level degree programs in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical counseling, organizational psychology, psychopharmacology, and more.