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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.

***2020-2021 Applications for MS and PhD programs in the Department of Psychology are NOT requiring standardized tests due to COVID-19.

MS Counseling Psychology Graduating Cohort


Admission Requirements

  • It is highly recommended that applicants have earned or are in pursuit of an undergraduate major in Psychology or a related field.
  • The minimum coursework that an applicant should have at the time of applying to the program include:
    • general psychology
    • elementary statistics and research methods (these courses will be pre-requisites for required, graduate level coursework)
    • Two (2) other electives taught in a Psychology department
  • The minimum acceptable overall GPA is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. However, most applicants who are admitted earn a 3.0 GPA or higher.


  • Additionally, applicants should submit ALL of the following material
    • 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 1000 words indicating
      • why the applicant has chosen to pursue a degree in counseling psychology
      • why the applicant is interested in the program at Tennessee State University, specifically
      • what experiences the applicant has with conducting psychological research
    • A copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
    • Results of either the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies 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.

IMPORTANT: Beginning in the 2018-2019 application cycle, the Psychology Department will begin using the PsyCAS application system. The portal for the MS Counseling Psychology portal will open in mid-September. Interested applicants will be unable to submit any materials before this date.

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. 

Advisor Assignments for MS Counseling Psychology Program

(As of Fall 2020)

 A – E      Dr. Lynch

F – L       Dr. Campbell

M – O    Dr. Hammond

P – T      Dr. Williams

T – Z       Dr. Oatis-Ballew


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