Home to 10 APA-accredited doctoral programs in psychology, Michigan has bountiful opportunities for candidates working towards a license. The Department of Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan is one of the largest in the country. Doctoral candidates at U of M can choose from one of six specialty areas and can collaborate in any of three joint programs of study and six affiliated programs.

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Psychology candidates in Michigan must graduate with a doctorate degree, complete an internship and a supervised work experience, and pass a national exam to be awarded a license.

Michigan Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Michigan are permitted to do the following:

  • Diagnose, assess, and treat mental or emotional disorders
  • Provide psychotherapy, counseling, and behavior modification services
  • Render services to individuals, groups, organizations, and the public

Michigan’s Licensing Authority

The Michigan Board of Psychology issues licenses and regulates the practice of psychology in the state.

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

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Completed a pre-doctoral internship

Completed a post-doctoral supervised experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)

Other Michigan Licensing Criteria
  • At least 75% of the hours counted towards the completion of the doctoral degree (excluding hours spent on thesis or practicum) must be spent covering psychological content. Courses must be taken in assessment, treatment, research design and methodology, statistics, psychometrics, and scientific and professional ethics and standards. At least one graduate course must be taken in three of the following areas: biological bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, cognitive-effective bases of behavior, and individual differences.

  • The internship experience must be part of the doctoral program and consist of 2,000 or more hours. The candidate must work for at least 20 hours per week and eight hours per month must be spent in direct face-to-face supervision.

  • The 2,000 hour post-doctoral experience must be completed in less than two years and consist of between 16 and 40 hours of work per week. At least 4 hours per month must be completed under direct face-to-face supervision. The candidate must practice under an educational limited license. The license is issued for one year and may not be renewed more than five times.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Michigan

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

Michigan’s Recognized Psychology Specializations

  • Counseling Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. At least two hours must relate to pain and symptom management and at least three hours must be in the area of ethics.
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Michigan Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Michigan vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Michigan 6.3%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Michigan 9.5%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Michigan 3,050

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

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