In the majority of English speaking countries around the world the Masters is the degree needed to be licensed as a professional Psychologist. (UK, Australia, SA) Those that do go on for a doctorate do it to teach or engage in research. In the USA a doctorate is needed for licensure.( Ph,D, ED.D, Psy.D) One can not legally refer to oneself as a Psychologist with a Master's degree in Psychology. While there are many states that offer some type of licensure for a Master's degree in psychology most require supervision by a doctoral level psychologist or it is in a more restrictive role. There is an organization that is promoting the Masters degree as a credential for independent practice and the use of the title "Psychologist". http://www.enamp.org/ Northamerican Association of Masters in Psychology. It has a certification program as a Nationally Certified Psychologist and advocates for licensure . For a list of States where the Master's degree can be licensed go to: http://www.enamp.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=4 The APA opposes this and has designated a doctoral degree for independent practice and licensure for any title with the word psychologist. It is hard to give up the title DR. My question(s) is : Is a doctoral degree really necessary to gain the skills needed to practice Psychology or could a Master's degree do it? (A Masters works for Psych Clinical Specialist Nurses, LMHCs and MSWs) Or is the Master's degree in Pyschology an obsolete credential? Should the title Psychologist be reserved only for doctoral degree holders? Thanks for all who participate in this debate!