Program Overview

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The Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment gives current and aspiring child psychology professionals the skills to diagnose mental health disorders in children and teens and provide effective, evidence-based interventions.

The program is offered by the UW Department of Psychology in collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education. It is the first master’s degree offered by the department, considered one of the best psychology departments in the nation. US News & World Report ranks the UW 14th among graduate psychology programs in the United States and 8th in clinical psychology. 

Program Format

Designed with working professionals in mind, our 36-credit program can be completed in one year on a full-time schedule or two years attending part time. Courses will mostly meet in the late afternoons, evenings or weekends on the UW Seattle campus, supplemented by online conferencing. The first two classes are taken in an intensive format over two weekends in August or September (Thursday evening and all day Friday through Sunday). 

Who Should Apply

The Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment program is geared to those who want to enter or advance in the field of child mental health services.

For those considering pursuing a Ph.D., the program can help clarify your graduate school trajectory and strengthen your qualifications for psychology, social work or nursing Ph.D. programs.

The degree also helps other professionals who work with children (e.g., attorneys, social workers, nurses) gain a comprehensive understanding of child development for their work.