Discover your power to grow.

Realize your greatest potential at the Michigan School of Psychology.

Here, you’ll gain the competencies and confidence to become a psychologist, joining a distinguished community of clinical professionals that change and save lives – realizing our vision: a world with healthy individuals, healthy relationships, and healthy communities.

This is your time to make a difference in the world around you.

We’re here to show you the way. Welcome to the Michigan School of Psychology.

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Michigan School of Psychology

26811 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-4512
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The Michigan School of Psychology (MSP), an independent not-for-profit graduate school, provides an educational climate which inspires students to live up to their potential, professionally and personally. The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is offered with both day and evening courses, with full and part-time enrollment options. The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree is a full-time, minimum four-year, post-master’s program. Our Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis can be completed concurrently with the MA program or separately to applicants who have already earned a master’s in psychology, social work, or education.

The institution has been a leader in clinical, experiential self-directed education for over 35 years. Its curriculum emphasizes personal growth, authenticity and creativity as integral parts of the academic process.


PURPOSE

We believe in every person’s power to grow.

We believe that all people have the unique ability to transform.  Our purpose is to facilitate that change. We are passionate about helping our students draw on their inner strengths as they grow as human beings, and as psychologists who help their clients to do the same.

VISION

Healthy people, healthy relationships, and healthy communities.

We exemplify our belief in every person’s power to grow by consistently evolving in response to society’s challenges. Our students are preparing for careers as multi-culturally competent clinicians who will serve their communities. MSP is expanding access to quality mental health services in our community through the Michigan School Psychological Clinic, which offers low cost mental health services to those most in need.

MISSION

Educate psychologists today who will transform our world tomorrow.

We provide experiential and scholarly training in clinical psychology for students who want to make a difference.  Our experienced faculty of practitioner-scholars teach psychological theory, technique and skills needed for practice.  Our alumni become clinicians who help change the lives of people in community clinics, hospitals, shelters, prisons, and in private practice.

CORE VALUES

We respect every person. Period.

We value genuine relationships.

We practice what we teach.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

The Michigan School of Psychology (MSP) is committed to furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and social progress on our campus and in communities. We encourage and honor diversity of ideas, perspectives, and experiences.

The foundation of humanistic psychology is rooted in the unconditional acceptance of others. This includes acceptance of and respect for cultural differences, including diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender identity, socio-economic status, national origin, language, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, visa status, ability status and more. MSP’s core values embody the fundamental tenets of humanistic psychology that honor the uniqueness of the human experience: We respect every person, period. We value genuine relationships. We practice what we teach.

We believe in every person’s power to grow. Our purpose is to help students draw on their inner strengths as they grow as human beings, and as psychologists who help their clients do the same. A diverse and inclusive MSP benefits every student, the faculty, staff, and administration. We live out our vision of healthy people, healthy relationships, and healthy communities by bringing our culture of diversity and inclusion into the communities we serve.

MSP acknowledges the systemic racism, colonialism, and inequality inherent in the higher education system and society as a whole. Beyond this acknowledgement, there is more work to do within the institution and in our communities. We are making change through our actions. This includes developing trainings, curricula, policies, and practices that are inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist. It is the responsibility of all MSP administrators, faculty, staff, and students to foster and grow our culture of respect, empathy, diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and social progress. This culture is essential to fulfill our mission to educate psychologists today who will transform our world tomorrow.


CAMPUS

Housed on a wooded, six-acre campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan, MSP was specifically created to generate a learning climate that reflects the school’s mission and its emphasis on growth and potential. The carefully designed facilities offer open and welcoming surroundings that foster collaborative education. The campus consists of two buildings. Building A houses classrooms, the library, and administrative offices. The Diane S. Blau Building (Building B) houses the Michigan School Psychological Clinic, meeting spaces, lounge area, and a lecture hall/community education center.


FACULTY

MSP’s faculty has a diverse range of clinical experience in many disciplines. These disciplines include health psychology, clinical psychology, multi-cultural psychology, education, philosophy and research.

A partnership exists between students and faculty in pursuit of a common goal: advance professional development and increase personal growth. In this endeavor, students and faculty co-create the optimal learning environment.


STUDENTS

MA students enter the program with academic preparation in psychology – many also have related work experience. PsyD students enter the program with a graduate degree and have a background of study in psychology or related field. ABA students enter the program with a graduate degree and have a background of study in psychology, social work, or education or they can enter as part of the MA program with a ABA concentration.

MSP graduate students seek to become practicing clinicians committed to the humanistic principles and values of psychology.

Students for Fall 2021:

  • 117  MA students
  • 4  ABA Certificate students
  • 82  PsyD students
  • 75% Women
  • 25% Men
  • 38% Students of color
  • Average student age is 26 years
  • Average MA student age is 24 years
  • Average PsyD student age is 29 years
  • Average ABA Certificate student age is 28 years

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NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

MSP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sex, age, gender identity, socio-economic status, national origin, language, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information or ability status in recruiting and admitting students, hiring employees or in operating any of its programs.


DISABILITY SERVICES

Accommodations and services are available to all students who meet criteria requirements of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Notifying MSP of a disability is optional and confidential. Students must provide medical or other diagnostic documentation that confirms a recognized impairment and recommendations for the specific accommodations needed. Please contact the Registrar for more information.

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