Master’s in Clinical Psychology

Master’s in Clinical Psychology

General information

Master’s in Clinical Psychology, Mention in Child, Adult, and Family Mental Health

6 ordinary periods
Courses: 27
Total credits: 61
Academic hours: 2.752

Full time.

Sessions or meetings
Monday through Thursday from 16h00 to 20h00

Registration: $1.273.00
Tuition: $12.727.00

Start of classes:
January 2019.

Dates of entrance examination:
4 August, 15 September, 20 October and 17 November of 2018.

Extra information:
Includes learning with on-line education tools: USFQ D2L virtual platform
Specific institutional cooperation agreement between the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Sistemas Médicos de la Universidad San Francisco de Quito S.A.


The Master’s in Clinical Psychology with Mention in Child, Adult, and Family Mental Health program at USFQ has the general objective of forming clinical psychologists that specialize in the design, application, and dissemination of research projects, as well as the use of empirically-based therapeutic techniques, for purposes of facilitating the application of research to professional practice, and thus generate a direct and positive impact on the mental health of the Ecuadorian population or other populations of interest.  The program also aims to study and confront problems related to clinical psychology, generating effective means to solve them.

The fields of study covered by this program are concentrated on the following lines of research: neuroscience and cognition; psychology for health and wellbeing; social and cultural psychology; and, family and development, thus contributing to the mental health of children, adults, and families.

Candidate profile:

This program is designed for professionals with a university degree in psychology or clinical psychology.  Candidates must be intellectually restless people, eager to gain scientific knowledge, and demonstrate their research aptitudes, including reading academic texts, undertaking academic writing, working with specialized research software, managing archives and databases, and conducting field work, through publications or proven experience as research assistants or independent researchers.  
Candidates must be able to work with high academic standards in order to meet the expectations of the institution and their professors.  They must be capable of maintaining a balance between independent work, team work, and consultation with supervisors when necessary.  Candidates must additionally evidence maturity and emotional stability, as well as interpersonal skills that allow them to interact with patients and create an effective therapeutic relationship.  Finally, candidates must be honest, flexible, disciplined, cooperative, and sympathetic people that can work productively and efficiently.  Part of these requirements are determined on the basis of a personal interview.

Program contacts:

For further information:

Ana Trueba, Ph.D.
Program Director
Telephone: (+593) 2 297-1700 ext. 1983
Office: Da Vinci 316B

Santiago Tapia
Postgraduate Coordinator – Admissions
Office: G-100
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1824

Occupational field

Graduates of this program will be trained to identify, investigate, and treat problems associated with mental health, integrating ethical principles with clinical practice.  They will be able to apply research techniques, methodological skills, and technological tools to the study and solution of problems related to scientific understanding and/or application in psychology.  The professionals will be able to seek, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and critique scientific knowledge from multiple sources in the field of psychology.  Program participants will also be able to: design and carry out a research plan; generate research complex enough to allow publication in scientific journals; develop psychological evaluation instruments based on research; and, design treatment for patients on the basis of psychological evaluations.
Graduates of this program will possess in-depth knowledge of research methods applied in modern clinical psychology, including: neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, psychological evaluations, psychopathology, and psychotherapy, among others.


Professionals that graduate from this program will have received strong theoretical and practical foundations, and will be capable of distinguishing between the principal methods and types of research applied to clinical psychology.  They will be able to identify problems or situations that require research, explain their relevance, define a research methodology to study them, and recommend effective intervention or treatment to resolve them.

The professionals will be trained to recognize ethical implications of scientific research and psychotherapeutic practice, identifying priorities and the need for supervision in clinical cases so as to guarantee the safety of patients.  They will also be able to identify the clinical formulation and appropriate therapeutic techniques for cases that require psychotherapeutic intervention.

The program fosters manifestation of scientific and professional honesty, encouraging participants to assume responsibility for their own professional conduct and to actively seek supervision when considered appropriate.  It urges professionals to evaluate phenomena of research concern without bias or conflicts of interest, appreciating and applying ethical principles of scientific research and psychological practice.

Professionals that graduate from this program will be called upon to assimilate and adopt the values and ethical principles of professional practice espoused by the American Psychological Association and the Code of Conduct of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.  The program values diversity and as such promotes multicultural aspects of research and clinical psychology; professionals will respect and understand cultural, ethnic, racial, and individual differences.  The program incorporates students from different regions of the country, with different academic backgrounds, of diverse racial and ethnic origin, etc., in order to enrich the students’ learning experience and knowledge through exposure to different perspectives and beliefs.  Finally, the program seeks to share and infuse knowledge and psychological help at the community level by means of research and the provision of psychological services.


Basic requirements:

  • University degree from a nationally accredited university, duly registered with SENESCYT, in: psychology or clinical psychology.
  • Demonstrate sufficiency in English equivalent to Level B1 in the Common European Framework
  • Copy of national identity card or passport.
  • Degree certificate with final grade.
  • Official grade transcript.
  • Printed SENESCYT registration of degree.
  • Approve the USFQ postgraduate entrance examination.  Please refer to the postgraduate admissions process at USFQ:

Specific requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional).
  • Have obtained a general grade point average of 3.2/4.00 during undergraduate studies.  Students with a 3.0 GPA will be considered if they meet the other requirements and when other aspects of their application are considered exceptional.
  • Present a research proposal (projects presented for undergraduate degrees will not be accepted) or a certificate of research experience.  The research proposal must focus on a mental health topic, either theoretical or empirical.  The certificate of research experience must prove the candidate’s contribution to research activities; it may be issued by the institution or organization in which the candidate undertook research work, or for which the candidate figures as an author or co-author of research that has been published or made public.
  • Finally, undergo a personal interview with the Admissions Committee of the Postgraduate Program.

Funding and scholarships

The value of the program is $14.000, which can be paid in the following ways:

  • Payment: Cash, check, student loan, and credit card.  For this last form of payment, please take into account the following: payments with cards belonging to Grupo Pichincha and Grupo Guayaquil can be deferred in 3, 6, and 9 months without interest; if, however, full payment is made it can be deferred in 12 months without interest.
    Further information on credit card payments at the following link:
  • Payment by academic periods: The total cost of the program can be paid in six equal installments, the dates of which will coincide with the beginning of each academic period.  Further information can be found in the academic calendar of the postgraduate program.
  • 50/50 payment: Pay $7.000 dollars at the start of the program (January 2019) and the remaining $7.000 dollars at the beginning of its second year (January 2020)
  • Monthly payment plans: In case a candidate does not have credit cards, checks will be accepted as a means of monthly payment.
    For further information please approach the Office of Financial Aid.  Further information on financial aid can be found at:

USFQ Alumni have a 10% discount.