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Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology (M.S.)

Providing a Solid Psychological Core

The primary goal of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program is to provide a solid psychological core with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, health, and educational issues across the lifespan.  The curriculum is designed for students seeking preparation for a career in various types of mental health settings and related organizations, or for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Recognizing the value of both practice and research, the Counseling Concentration offers two options: thesis or non-thesis. Program Brochure

Admission Requirements 

  • It is highly recommended that applicants have earned or are in pursuit of an undergraduate major in psychology or a related field.
  • Undergraduate study should include one course in:
    • general psychology
    • elementary statistics
    • research methods
    • abnormal psychology
    • physiological psychology
    • social psychology
    • developmental psychology
  • The minimum acceptable admission requirements are a 2.5 or higher GPA and completion of pre-requisite courses for unconditional admission.
    • Conditional admission is offered for GPA below 2.5 and fewer than the total number of prerequisite courses.
  • Additionally, applicants should submit in ALL of the following information directly to the Graduate School:
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation - one of which should be from an academic advisor or his or her designee.
    • A personal statement of no more than 750 words indicating why the applicant has chosen to pursue a degree in this area and why they are interested in the program at Tennessee State University.
    • A copy of all undergraduate transcripts should also be submitted with the application.
    • Results of either the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller's Analogy Test
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed. Following the initial review, the program coordinator will contact select applicants for on-campus interviews.
  • Only applicants with satisfactory application materials and a successful interview will be offered admission to the program.

All application materials including the letters of recommendation must be received by the Graduate School by February 1 for admission for the following Fall semester.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of four semesters and a summer term of residential study are required to complete the program within a two-year period. This requires a course load of approximately 12 credit hours per school term. 

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