Missouri is home to several institutions that grant doctorates in psychology. These schools have years of history teaching and conducting research in psychology. The University of Missouri, for example, houses 100 graduate students and a group of faculty who have published over 400 scientific papers in the past six years. Washington University in St. Louis also supports a large psychology doctorate program; over 700 doctorates have been granted from the program since the first diplomas were awarded in 1932.

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Psychologist candidates in Missouri must graduate with a doctoral degree; complete a supervised work experience; and pass state jurisprudence, oral and national exams to be awarded a license.

Psychologist Licensing in Missouri

Licensed psychologists in Missouri are permitted to do the following:

  • Apply psychological principles in order to treat and prevent undesired behaviors and/or enhance behavioral and mental health
  • Diagnose, prevent, and treat mental and emotional disturbances
  • Render services to individuals, families, groups, and the public

Missouri Licensing Authority

The Missouri Committee of Psychologists issues licenses and regulates the practice of psychology in the state.

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

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Completed a post-doctoral supervised experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a state jurisprudence examination, and an oral examination

Other Licensing Criteria
  • The 1,500 hours of supervised professional experience must be completed in 12–24 months. The candidate is expected to work between 20 and 50 hours a week. At least one hour per week must be completed under direct face-to-face supervision. The candidate must complete eight hours per month of in-service training or other learning activity.

  • The passing score on the jurisprudence exam is considered to be 70%. The oral exam can be taken only after the candidate passes both the EPPP and the jurisprudence exams. The EPPP may be taken up to four times per calendar year. Previous applicants may submit a new application for consideration by the committee in accordance with the current requirements to become licensed as a psychologist in Missouri.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Missouri

Psychologist candidates in Missouri must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a state jurisprudence examination, and an oral examination.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Missouri

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • Candidates wishing to obtain a health service provider certification must adhere to additional regulations and requirements

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 40 hours of continuing education per renewal period. At least 15 credits must be taken in formal continuing education programs or postgraduate courses, or completed by writing, speaking, or preparing and teaching a graduate level course. The remaining credits may be earned through meetings; workshops, seminars and courses; preparing and teaching an undergraduate level course; and/or individual study.
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Salary and Employment Trends of Psychologists in Missouri

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Missouri vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Missouri 10%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Missouri 5%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Missouri 1,440

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

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