Frequently Asked Questions
The M.S. Program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology is a minimum 45 semester hour program based on an adequate background in general psychology. Typically, those holding either the B.S. or B.A. degree in Psychology, or an undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in Fundamentals of Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Experimental Psychology, and Tests and Measurements meet this requirement. Other specific prerequisite courses may be determined by the department admissions committee.
Prerequisites Without a Psychology Degree?
Five undergraduate psychology courses are recommended: Fundamentals of Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Experimental Psychology, and Tests and Measurements. If you did not take these courses as an undergraduate, you can enroll at VSU as a nondegree student and take them before then applying to the MS program. Keep in mind that nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid.
Dates and Deadlines?
Graduate students are typically admitted for Fall semester, but applicants are considered for other semesters as well. All applicants are considered for admission as soon as their applications are complete. Applicants should apply as early as possible. Application deadlines are July 15 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester, and May 1 the for summer semester.
Chances of Admittance?
Students that do not meet the minimum requirements for regular admission may be admitted under probationary status at the discretion of the admissions committee. Students admitted on a probationary basis remain in this category for 9 semester hours of work. The grade-point average for these 9 semester hours must be 3.0 or higher, unless different conditions were specified at the time of admission. Applicants must present a minimum score of 153 (62nd percentile) on the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE and a minimum score of 145 (32nd percentile) on the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE.
Chances of a Graduate Assistantship?
While graduate assistantship positions can not be guaranteed upon admittance into the program, many students within the program apply for an assistantship through the VSU graduate school and have acquired positions in various offices/departments across the university.
Do Students Work?
Most students in the graduate program find it manageable to work on a part time basis (less than 20 hours per week) either on or off campus. Evening scheduling of courses facilitates part time work during the day.
Length of Program?
Students attending the program full time (three classes per semester) typically complete the program in six academic semesters or two calendar years. On average, part time students (two classes per semester) complete the program in nine academic semester or three calendar years.
The American Psychological Association does not accredit master’s-level programs. Accreditation is not required for licensure as a professional in the state of Georgia, or in many other states for equivalent licensure. While accreditation agencies exist for counselor education programs, no universally recognized accreditation agency exists for psychology master’s programs. Thus, the M.S. Program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology is not accredited.
What Do Students Do After Graduation?
Most students who obtain a terminal master’s degree in clinical/counseling psychology seek state licensure by sitting for the state board examination and completing the necessary supervised work experience. However, some students seek advanced graduate training at the specialist or doctoral level after completing their master’s degree.
Students obtaining a terminal master’s degree have obtained professional positions in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential facilities, day treatment programs, private practice, and/or community counseling/rehabilitation centers.
Other questions? Contact Dr. David Wasieleski, program coordinator, at dwasiele@valdosta or at 229-333-5620 for more information.