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The Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment degree program 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 Continuum College. It is the first master’s degree offered by the department, which is considered one of the best in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UW eighth nationally in graduate clinical psychology education. 

Program Format

Our 46-credit program can be completed in five quarters on a full-time schedule (summer quarter through summer quarter) or a little over two years attending part time. Most courses meet in the late afternoons, evenings or on weekends on the UW campus in Seattle. 

Most practicum assignments begin in mid-to-late September and last about one calendar year. Students spend an average of 16 hours (two full workdays) a week on their practicum work. The student and the practicum site supervisor collaborate to arrange the schedule.

Who Should Apply

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

For those considering pursuing a Ph.D., earning this degree can help clarify your graduate school trajectory and strengthen your qualifications for Ph.D. programs in psychology, social work and nursing.

The degree can also help other professionals who work with children — including attorneys, social workers and nurses — gain a comprehensive understanding of child development for their work.