Samuel J. Maddox, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Nichelle Jackson-Gause, Ph.D.
College of Arts & Sciences
(678) 466-4899 (fax)
Degree Requirements-MS in Clinical/Counseling Psychology
In order to be awarded the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, a student will complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, including completion of a professional paper or thesis capstone experience. Additionally, all students awarded the MS in Clinical/Counseling degree must successfully pass the comprehensive exam and complete 600 supervised clinical hours. Please note that all students must complete and submit an electronic copy of a Master’s Degree Plan of Study during the first semester of the program. Please note that modifications to the suggested plan of study may result in an increase in the length of time to graduation.
You can view a detailed prospective class schedule, here Course Schedule.
Successful completion of the clinical practicum experience, including the practicum course that is taken concurrently during the year of practicum training is required for the Master of Clinical/Counseling Psychology degree. The clinical practicum is a 9-month clinical training experience that commences at the beginning of the second year in the program. The practicum provides students with supervised clinical training experiences at outpatient or residential mental health treatment sites. The program requires completion of 600 supervised hours of clinical work experience, which corresponds to an average of 20 hours a week. Although there may be variability in the time spent at practicum sites from week to week, at a minimum, students must work at least 2-2.5 days a week and complete a minimum of 12 hours per week (or site’s minimum requirement if higher) regardless of if and when they meet the required number of clinical hours. In addition, 40% of clinical training experiences must be in the provision of direct patient care. Students are not to exceed 30 hours a week at practicum sites.
Students completing the MS in Clinical/Counseling degree must complete two major capstone experiences, Thesis Research or Professional Paper as well as the Comprehensive Exam. The goal of these capstone experiences is for the student to demonstrate competency in the major programmatic outcomes in both written and oral formats. Students must have completed a minimum of 30 hours and have a 3.0 GPA to engage in the capstone experiences.
The MS in Clinical/Counseling program administers the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) to assess students’ knowledge gained from matriculation in the program. The exam is administered twice annually, spring and summer semesters. Eligible students must register in Clinical Comprehensive Exam (PSYC 6900) and take the exam at the first available testing date after becoming eligible.