Maryland Psychologist License: How To Apply

A psychologist in Maryland taking notes during a session.

Looking to practice psychology in Maryland? To receive a Maryland psychologist’s license, all applicants must complete a doctoral degree, two years worth of experience, and pass the relevant exams. This license is then valid for two years, before it will require renewal.

Learn more about the Maryland psychologist license, and the steps to obtain one, with this guide.

Applying For A Maryland Psychologist License

Anyone wishing to practice psychology in Maryland must receive a license from the Maryland Department of Health. A successful applicant must show they have passed the education, experience, and examination requirements set by the Maryland Department of Health.

The Maryland Department of Health also issues psychology associate licenses, and school psychologist licenses. As with general psychologist licenses, all applicants must demonstrate a set level of education and experience, and pass certain examinations.

Steps To Follow For A Maryland Psychologist License

Any applicant looking to practice psychology in Maryland must complete a series of steps before they can receive their license. These steps are as follows:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree, and, potentially, a master’s degree. The bachelor’s degree isn’t required to major in psychology, but it is preferable for doctoral degree applications. Similarly, a master’s degree in psychology isn’t a requirement, but it might be needed for your chosen doctoral degree.
  • Complete a doctoral degree in psychology. This can be a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD, or a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD). Your chosen program must be recognized by the Maryland Department of Health.
  • Complete at least 3,250 hours of supervised experience. The Maryland licensing board requires applicants to complete at least 3,250 hours of supervised experience, with a minimum of 1,750 of these hours obtained via an internship within 24 months. The other 1,500 hours can be completed at different times in your training, including pre-doctoral. 75% of these hours must be face-to-face and on-site, and supervisors will need to verify your completion.
  • Start the application for examination. Having completed your educational and experience requirements, you can begin the application for examination. This will include references, and a Criminal History Record Check.
  • Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The EPPP is a standardized test that is required by most states to obtain a psychology license. The exam consists of 225 questions, and practice papers are available online.
  • Pass the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam. The Jurisprudence Exam covers ethics and professional conduct in Maryland, and features state-specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Complete your license application. When the board has received your exam results, they will verify and approve your application. You will then be sent your license, which will require periodic renewal.

The Maryland Department of Health requires the completion of three key steps before you can receive your license: education, experience, and examination.

You will need to provide documentation proving your successful completion of these steps, including references from licensed psychologists responsible for observing your experience.

Applicants Licensed In Another Jurisdiction

Maryland doesn’t have a reciprocity agreement with other states, so license holders from outside jurisdictions will have to submit an application to practice in Maryland.

Psychologists in good standing can be granted a Limited Reciprocity license, allowing them to practice while waiting to take the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination.

All applicants looking to practice in Maryland will be required to take the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam. They will also need to submit a statement outlining why they want to practice in Maryland.

Those who hold an American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) certification, or National Register of Health Service Psychologist (NRHSP) credentials are permitted to submit a reduced application.

Limited Reciprocity is also granted to applicants who have completed the education and experience stages, and are waiting for the next Maryland Jurisprudence Exam.

Renewing Your License In Maryland

Maryland requires psychologists to renew their license every two years. Before renewal, you must complete a Renewal Application and Licensure Form. You must also complete at least 40 hours of continuing education (CE) during this two-year period.

At least three of the eligible continuing education hours must be focused on the laws, ethics, and risks of practicing psychology. A further three hours must be focused on providing culturally sensitive practice to a diverse client population.

The Maryland board completes random audits on renewal applicants, who are then required to provide proof of their continuing education hours.

There is a standard fee for license renewal.

Frequently Asked Questions For Maryland Psychologist Licenses

How Long Does It Take To Become A Psychologist In Maryland?

The overall process of becoming a licensed psychologist in Maryland can take upwards of 10 years.

Including the bachelor’s degree (4 years), a master’s degree (another potential 2 years), a doctoral degree (2 to 4 years), and 3,250 hours of experience (roughly 2 years), it is a long process.

However, when the requirements are all complete, the actual application phase can be relatively quick.

Is There A Fee When Applying For A Psychologist License In Maryland?

Yes, there is a set, non-refundable fee when applying for a psychologist license in Maryland. If your application is refused, you can not reclaim the fee.

There is also a fee when applying for the limited reciprocity license, and to sit both the EPPP and the Jurisprudence Examination.

Does Maryland Offer License By Endorsement?

No, Maryland does not offer licenses by endorsement. However, if you have a valid license to practice psychology in another state, you can apply for a limited reciprocity license. This can be used while you plan to take the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam.

Final Thoughts

The Maryland Department of Health requires all psychologists to have a license when practicing in the state. This license can be obtained with the completion of a doctoral degree, 3,250 hours of supervised experience, and the completion of the EPPP and Maryland Jurisprudence Examination.

Once you have your license, it will need to be renewed periodically, and each renewal must be supported by several hours of continuing education.

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