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

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What do I need to apply?

What is the required GPA?

Do I have to take the GRE?

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

What are the requirements of the program?

Is the program accredited?

What is the application process?

What is the deadline?

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

Does the program lead to licensure?

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

How long is the program?

Are there online courses? 

 

 What do I need to apply?

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

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 or the GRE you can find more information about the GRE at another FAQ

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

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 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 to our program or any program of the graduate school will be place on 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.

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 Do I have to take the GRE?

The GRE is required to the M. S. Counseling Program. However, the GRE is only a small part of the overall evaluation of an applicant. We don’t have a cutoff or minimum score for the GRE what we are more interested in is making sure that applicants are able to grasp some concepts that are presented on the GRE. Typically, students score at least in the 40th percentile for each section of the GRE general test. 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.

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 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 is whether an applicant has the psychological foundation or core that we build upon in our program. If you check on our website there are a list of seven courses that are prerequisites courses. It is recommend that applicants have completed or are in the process of completing as many of those pre-requisites as possible. The fewer the number of prerequisites that an applicant has, the better their chances of being invited to the next stage of the application process.

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 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.

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 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.

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 What is the application process?

The application process has two phases. In the first phase, you submit all of your materials including the GRE, letters of recommendation, personal statement, as well as undergraduate and graduate transcripts, to the Graduate School. 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. During those interviews, you will meet with all of our 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

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 What is the deadline?

The deadline to apply to the program is February 1st, applicants will want to check regularly with the graduate school to ensure that all of the materials are on file in time to be reviewed.

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 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 Master’s students tend to fund their education through private or federal loans.

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 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

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 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. Typically, this 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 will take a comprehensive exam in their final semester that will cover a host of content area that students will have been exposed to their two years in the program. We encourage students after the thesis or non-thesis option to take the course load that is identified through the non-thesis realm this help ensures that should students decide to change from the thesis route that they will still be on track to have all the educational requirements required by the state of Tennessee for licensure.

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 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.

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 Are there online courses?

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

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