Maryland Psychology Licensure Requirements
If you are interested in practicing psychology in the state of Maryland, you can apply for a license through the The Board of Examiners of Psychologists. In order to obtain licensure in the state of Maryland, you must meet educational requirements and complete supervised practice hours prior to completing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Below you will find a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you navigate how to become a licensed psychologist in Maryland. Some common questions that come up during completion of the licensure process in Maryland include:
» How do I become a psychologist in Maryland?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Maryland.
» What are Maryland’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Maryland?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Maryland by reciprocity?
» Can I become licensed in Maryland with only a master’s degree?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Maryland?
» How much do psychologists in Maryland make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Maryland
There are various steps you must successfully complete before becoming a licensed psychologist in Maryland. You will first need to earn a bachelor’s degree, which can be in psychology or another subject. Many prospective psychologists then choose to earn a master’s in psychology before ultimately earning a doctoral degree in psychology, which is a requirement for licensure. There are numerous psychology schools in Maryland offering programs for each step in this process. While becoming a licensed psychologist may seem like a long journey, its final goal is attainable. Here are the three high-level steps to becoming a psychologist in Maryland:
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
The first high-level step in your journey towards becoming a psychologist is to obtain your bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degrees typically take about four years of full-time study to complete, which is equivalent to about 120 credit hours. You can obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology or another field.
Once you obtain your bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a master’s degree in psychology or another related field. Depending on the university, master’s degrees can be Master of Science (MS) or Master of Arts (MA) degrees. It typically takes about two years of full-time study to complete a master’s degree, with programs requiring between 36-54 credits for program completion. If your bachelor’s degree wasn’t in psychology, you may need to complete some prerequisites before beginning a master’s program in psychology. Most master’s programs in psychology require submission of your GRE or GMAT scores as part of their applications. In Maryland, if you have a master’s degree in clinical, counseling, or school psychology, you can register to practice psychology under the supervision of a licensed psychologist as a Psychology Associate.
It is important to note that some doctoral programs include a master’s degree as part of their study. Thus, if you choose to enter a doctoral psychology program that includes a master’s degree or that does not require a master’s degree for entry, you will not need to complete a stand-alone master’s program. Visit our Psychology Schools page for more information about schools for prospective psychologists.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
The next step towards becoming a licensed psychologist is to earn a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or approved by the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. You can read about the differences between these two degree types on the APA’s website. Overall, doctoral degrees in psychology can take between four and seven years to complete depending on the program and school, if a master’s degree is included, and other factors. In Maryland, you can apply for psychology licensure having completed a practice-oriented PsyD or PhD (i.e., programs geared towards clinical, counseling, or school psychology), or you can apply for licensure having completed a non-practice-oriented program (i,e., a program not advertised as clinical, counseling, or school psychology).
For more information on the doctoral programs offered in Maryland, see our Psychology Schools in Maryland page.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Maryland.
Once you achieve the educational requirements, you can begin the Maryland licensure process. The next section will detail the steps towards becoming licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychology.
Maryland Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Complete a minimum of 3,250 supervised professional experience (SPE)
When applying for psychology licensure in Maryland as a graduate of a practice-oriented program, you must have completed a minimum of 3,250 hours of supervised professional experience (SPE). Specifically, a minimum of 1,750 of your SPE hours must be completed within a 24 month period through an internship. The remaining 1,500 hours can be fulfilled at different phases of your psychology training such as pre-internship, pre-doctoral, post-internship, or post-doctoral periods. Of the full 3,250 required hours, a minimum of 2,438 hours within at least a two-year period must be face-to-face on-site hours under the supervision of a qualified psychologist.
If you are applying for psychology licensure and did not attend a practice-oriented program, you must complete two years of SPE, and also complete a minimum of 3,250 hours in professional work using psychological methods, principles, and procedures (e.g., research, teaching, assessment, or other experiences within the realm of psychology). These hours can be fulfilled pre- and/or post-doctoral degree. A minimum of 2,438 hours of the 3,250 must be completed on-site and face-to-face under the supervision of a qualified psychologist.
2. Submit an application for examination to the Board.
Once you complete the SPE, you can submit an Application for Licensure to the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists using either the practice-oriented programs or the non-practice-oriented programs packet. A $300 non-refundable fee is required with the application, and the application will not be reviewed if it is incomplete. As part of the application, you must send official transcripts from all graduate schools and include all additional supporting documentation such as applicable reference coversheets. You must also submit fingerprints and any associated fees to initiate a Criminal History Records Check. After the Board reviews and approves your application for licensure, you can move on to Step 3.
3. Pass the Maryland psychology licensing exams.
The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is considered the official psychology licensing exam in most states across the US. The EPPP is a computerized exam comprised of 225 multiple choice questions. A passing score is 500, which means that you passed about 73% of the questions on the exam. The cost of taking the EPPP for licensure in Maryland is $687.50. After you pass the EPPP, your score is submitted through the Board by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) to the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists. In addition, you must also take and pass the Maryland jurisprudence exam with a score of 75% or greater. There is a $250 fee associated with the jurisprudence exam.
4. Wait until the Board approves your license.
The Board will finalize their review of your application once they have your exam scores and will then approve your licensure application if you have satisfied all requirements.
Maryland Limited Reciprocity and Registering with a License from Another State
If you are licensed in a different state, and are seeking to work in Maryland, you may be granted a temporary exemption to practice psychology while you complete the application for licensure in Maryland.
The steps for licensure in Maryland when you already hold a license are similar to the steps required for first-time licensure. You must submit an Application for Licensure to the Board, along with official graduate transcripts, all additional supporting documentation such as reference coversheets, as well as the $300 fee required as part of the application. You must also submit fingerprints and any associated fees to initiate a Criminal History Records Check. You will need to take the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam before becoming licensed in Maryland.
Registered Psychology Associate
In the state of Maryland, you also have the option to become a registered Psychology Associate. In order to become a psychology associate you must have a master’s degree in psychology. Psychology associates can provide psychological services under the supervision of a licensed psychologist only, but may not practice independently. You must complete the Application for Psychology Associate Registration form to apply. As part of your application you must also submit a Supervisor Form, official transcripts, and the required $200 processing fee to the Maryland Board. You must also complete a Criminal History Records Check. Psychology associate registrations must be renewed every two years.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
Psychology licenses in Maryland are renewed every two years and expire on March 31. To renew your license you must complete a Renewal Application for Licensure Form. In order to be eligible for renewal you must complete 40 hours of continuing education (CE) within the two-year renewal period. A maximum of 20 CE hours can be independent credit hours. A minimum of three CE hours must be completed on content related to laws for practicing psychology, ethics, or managing risks during psychological practice. Additionally, a minimum of three CE hours must be dedicated to improving competence when providing services to culturally diverse populations. License renewal requires a $400 fee. The Board will randomly audit psychologists for proof of completed CE hours.
Maryland Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Maryland earn an average salary of $76,930 annually.1 Postsecondary teachers in psychology earn an average of $83,730 annually, while “all other” psychologists in Maryland earn the highest salaries of any state, about $113,900 annually.1,2 No information is available for industrial-organizational psychologists in Maryland. Data from Projections Central predicts that the number of clinical, counseling, and school psychologist jobs in Maryland will increase the most, by 15.1% through 2026.3 The number of postsecondary psychology teachers is expected to increase by 7.5%, and all other psychologists are expected to increase by 5.8%.3
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||2,090||$76,930|
|Psychologists, All Other||580||$113,900|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||450||$83,730|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.1 Statistics for your locale may vary within this state.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become a psychologist in Maryland?
The length of time it will take to become a licensed psychologist in Maryland depends largely on how long it takes you to complete your education. A bachelor’s degree can take about four years of full-time study, a standalone master’s degree can take about two more years of full-time study, and a PhD or PsyD program can take at least four or five years to complete, depending on the program. After completing your graduate education you are also required to complete post-doctoral experience. Finally you must study for and pass the EPPP and then have your application approved by the state. Overall, the entire process may take about 10 years, but the exact length will vary depending on your unique situation.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Maryland?
In the state of Maryland, licensed psychologists must have a graduate degree in a PsyD program or PhD program in either clinical, school, or counseling psychology. The degree in question must be from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, or approved by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
How much do psychologists in Maryland make?
The BLS reports that clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Maryland earn an average annual income of $76,930, postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average of $83,730, and all other psychologists earn an average annual income of $113,900.1
- Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists (MBEP) – Official website of the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, which obtains guidelines and forms for obtaining a psychology license in Maryland
- Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) – Official website of the Maryland Psychological Association, which aims to advance psychology as a science, practice, and a way to promote wellbeing.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – Official website of the APA, the leading organization for psychologists in the US.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Maryland: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_md.htm
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017, 19-3039 Psychologists, All Other: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193039.htm
3. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): https://www.projectionscentral.org/Projections/LongTerm