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

Frequently Asked Questions


 What do I need to apply?

1) A personal statement that clearly outlines why you are interested in the Counseling Psychology program and why you are interested in the program at Tennessee State University as well as any research experiences

2) Three (3) letters of recommendations. Each letter should come from someone who is familiar with your work in either a professional or academic setting.

3) You will have to complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) you can find more information about the GRE and MAT at another FAQ

4) Submit official copies of all transcripts of your undergraduate studies and any graduate courses

 What is the required GPA?

While there is not a required or minimum GPA to gain admission into the M.S. Counseling Psychology Program, typically our students have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Graduate School does stipulate that students who are admitted with a 2.5 GPA  or lower can be granted conditional admittance. These students enroll in the same program of study as other students, but we will pay particular attention to those students admitted on a conditional basis in their first semester to ensure that they are able to perform at the graduate level.

 Do I have to take the Graduate Records Examination or other standardized tests?

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required for admission to the M. S. Counseling Program. However, standardized tests are only a small part of the overall evaluation of an applicant. We don’t have a cutoff or minimum score for the GRE or MAT. We are most interested in making sure that applicants are able to grasp some concepts that are presented on the GRE or MAT. Typically, students score at least in the 40th percentile for each section of the GRE general test or MAT. The score that corresponds to that rank changes with each administration of the test. Applicants only need to take the GRE General test and not the Psychology subtest if they choose to take the GRE.

 I don’t have a Psychology degree or a degree in a related field. Should I still apply?

Students with a background in Psychology or a similar field tend to transition into the program more smoothly as they are more familiar with the content than are those with other degree backgrounds. However, we welcome students with all different academic backgrounds to apply to the program. The primary concern is whether an applicant has the psychological foundation or core that we build upon in our program. Applicants are required to have at least a general psychology course, either a research methods or statistics course, and two (2) other Psychology department electives. 

 What are the requirements of the program?

The program is designed to be completed in two years including two Fall semesters, two Spring semesters and a Summer semester after your first year. Currently, the load is such that there a four night classes for each week of the semesters that meet from about 5:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. During your second year of the program, in addition to the course load,  there is a practicum experience in which students are out “in the field” practicing the skills they’ve learned within the community. This practicum experience is a 20 hour per week commitment.

 Is the program accredited?

Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges. The M.S. Counseling Psychology Program offers all the course requirements for licensure in the State of Tennessee. Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for LPC license in the State of Tennessee once they have required their supervised hours. The Master of Science Counseling Psychology Program is seeking accreditation from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council.

 What is the application process?

The application process has two phases. In the first phase, you submit all of your materials including the GRE or MAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, as well as undergraduate and graduate transcripts for our review. Beginning with the 2018-2019 application cycle, the MS Counseling Psychology program will use the PsyCAS portal to accept applications.  Once the deadline has passed, a committee made up of the core Counseling Psychology Faculty members reviews all applications and selected individuals are invited to campus for interviews. This selection is based on points earned during the application review process. During campus interviews, you will meet with all of our core faculty members, current students, and individuals that are part of practicum sites where we normally place students. Following the interview days, we will extend invitations for students to join the program in the following Fall Semester.

 What is the deadline?

The deadline to apply to the program is February 1st annually.

 Are there scholarships, assistantships or other forms of financial assistance?

Students who are admitted to the program are able to engage in the process of finding a graduate assistantship on Tennessee State University campus. These are competitive assistantships in which their application and those of other graduate students at the masters and doctoral level are considered. Typically, our masters students tend to fund their education through private or federal loans.

 Does the program lead to licensure?

Graduates of our program are advised to take all courses necessary to qualify licensure in the state of Tennessee You will meet all content requirements for licensure LPC following that you will have to engage in the regular process for seeking licensure meaning two years of supervised experience and passing national exams.  Students interested in pursuing licensure in states other than Tennessee post-graduation are advised to review the licensure guidelines and education requirements for that state.

 What is the difference between the thesis and non-thesis option?

Those students who choose the thesis option will create a unique research project in which they design, analyze and write a report about their study. The area of study is under the guidance and expertise of a core faculty member. Those students who do not complete the thesis take the non-thesis option and will take a comprehensive exam in their final semester that will cover essential content areas covered throughout the program.

 How long is the program?

The program is designed to be two years in length of full-time status that includes a Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall and Spring enrollment.

 Are there online courses?

Currently, we do not have any online courses for our Master’s in Psychology program.


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