So this is where I'm a bit confused - there seems to be the idea that having a masters is actually a disadvantage (and/or unneccessary) when it comes to getting into Phd programs in clinical psych. Yet, at the interviews I was at, it seems a lot of the current graduate students (and many of those invited to interviews) did a masters in clinical or counseling psych before getting into the program. I'm wondering if certain programs (the ones I had interviews at seemed to have a more balanced clinical-research model as opposed to pure research focus) prefer students with MAs or if it just happened that most of the students I met happened to have MAs (either clinical/counseling leading to licensure and research MAs). I realise that having an MA means that your CV is a little stronger and potentially gives you more time to do research (and gain some clinical experience), but then where does the notion that 'MAs are bad' come from? Does anyone have any insight on this?