Diverse educational and professional opportunities in psychology abound in Maryland. The state is home to six APA-accredited programs, including the clinical psychology PhD program at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, which focuses on military medicine. Professionally, licensed psychologists can choose to work in a variety of roles, from private practice counseling, to research, to policy-centered positions.

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Psychology candidates in Maryland must graduate with a doctoral degree, pass a criminal history records check, complete a supervised work experience, and pass the both state and national exams to be awarded a license.

Psychologist Licensing in Maryland

Licensed psychologists in Maryland are permitted to do the following:

  • Apply psychological principles and methods to diagnose, prevent, and treat psychological or mental conditions
  • Use psychological methods to help an individual achieve greater human effectiveness or to modify maladjusted behavior
  • Offer services to individuals and groups in return for compensation

Licensing Authority in Maryland

The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists issues licenses and regulates psychologists in the state.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Maryland must have completed the following steps:

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Submitted and passed a criminal history records check

Completed a professional supervised experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the Maryland Examination on ethics and law

Other Licensing Criteria
  • The supervised experience must consist of a minimum of 3,250 hours. Pre-internship, post-internship, and post-doctoral hours are accepted. At least 50% of hours completed pre-doctorally by students studying in a practice-oriented specialization must be treatment-centric and at least 25% must be in direct provision of services. At least 75% of post-doctoral work experience hours must be completed under direct face-to-face supervision.

  • Practice-oriented candidates must complete 1,750 hours as a formal internship within 24 months, while non-practice oriented are not required to work in a formal internship. Non practice-oriented candidates are only required to have one hour per week be directly supervised. All candidates completing hours post-doctorally must apply and be accepted as psychology associates.

  • Candidates must score at least 75% on the Maryland Examination.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Maryland

Psychologist candidates in Maryland must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the Maryland Examination.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Maryland

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • School psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Industrial and organizational psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • Supervised work experience requirements vary for practice and non-practice oriented psychology specializations

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years. Three hours must cover ethics and at least 20 must relate to the licensee’s current or desired future areas of practice.
Maryland Licensure Resources

Salary and Employment Trends of Practicing Psychologists in Maryland

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Maryland vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Maryland 3.2%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Maryland 12.9%

Number clinical, counseling and school psychologist and psychologists, other, employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Maryland 2,160

Earnings for Psychologists in Maryland vs Nationwide

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To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and economic data in Maryland, please visit the following resources.

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