List of credentials in psychology

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This list is of professional and academic credentials in the field of psychology and allied fields, including psychotherapy, counseling and social work. Academic degrees such as the doctorate are available in these fields, but only those specifically for psychological subjects are included.


Although undergraduate (Bachelors) degrees for psychology and counseling exist, in most jurisdictions, the minimum requirement for licensure is a graduate degree (masters or doctorate).

Associate degrees
Bachelor's degrees
Master's degrees
Doctoral degrees

Professional licenses[edit]

Professional licenses for mental health providers with a master's degree issued by US states to graduate degree holders which allow them to legally practice:

  • Licensed Psychological Associate – Masters in Psychology (Alaska, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, & Texas)
  • Licensed Psychologist Associate – Masters in Psychology (Colorado, New Mexico, & Oregon)
  • Licensed Psychological Examiner – Masters in Psychology (Arkansas & Maine)
  • Licensed Psychological Assistant – Masters in Psychology (Tennessee)
  • Licensed Psychologist – Masters in Psychology (West Virginia)

Professional certifications[edit]

Certifications for licensed providers are offered by various non-profit and for-profit organizations such as the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates.[5] In most states, a license to practice is also required.


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  3. ^ Northamerican Association of Masters in Psychology;
  4. ^ Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) EPPP Passing Score Requirements By Jurisdiction & License Type;
  5. ^ National Board for Certified Counselors