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Master of Science in Psychology Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the master’s program and get your questions answered related to coursework, class offerings and licensing after graduation.

No. You must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and you must posses a foundation of coursework in Psychology. Specifically, you need to have completed with a grade of C or above the following classes:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Human Development
  • Either General Math Statistics OR Psychology Statistics
  • Psychology Research Methods
  • Abnormal Psychology

The MS in Clinical/Counseling program is designed for students who either want to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or continue on to a doctoral program in psychology. The program meets the curricular requirements set forth by the Georgia State Board of Examiners and prepares students to be eligible to sit for the licensure examination in Georgia (if interested, students must check specific state requirements for other states). To become an LPC in Georgia, a student must complete a master’s degree, pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and complete a minimum of three years of supervised experience. Students can apply to take the NCE upon graduation. The curriculum and training provided in the MSP-Clinical program prepares students for the exam. Additionally, the MSP-Clinical program uses the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) as the program comprehensive exit exam which assesses the same areas assessed on the NCE.

Yes. A full load will be nine hours during fall and spring and six hours during the summer. While we will allow for part-time enrollment, we STRONGLY encourage students to attend on a full-time basis. Attending on a full-time basis will greatly enhance students’ mastery of the material because the material in the different courses is quite often complimentary. We also STRONGLY encourage students to have realistic expectations about what it means to enter a graduate program. Specifically, we discourage students from working extensively while they are enrolled in the Master of Science in Psychology as doing so will interfere with their successful completion of the program.

Not currently and the majority of the courses have very strong experiential elements which are not conducive to electronic delivery. Both the Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology and the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology will be teaching students to work with people and as such we believe that face to face interactions with faculty and other students is an essential part of our training.

No. Our programs are designed predominantly for full-time students. Moreover, during students' second year, they are required to be at either their clinical practicum or applied developmental internship for many hours of the week. Most of these settings require that students be available during regular business work hours. Subsequently, we want students, upon entry to our program, to expect that their days will be focused on meeting program requirements.

Yes.  We are accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Counsel (MPCAC).  MPCAC accreditation supports the field of counseling and promotes licensure.  Standards required for licensure in Georgia are the same as other counseling accrediting bodies.  You can view the MPCAC website here: http://mpcacaccreditation.org/ 

Interested persons will need to already possess a graduate degree in counseling or psychology and can apply as a non-degree seeking student. You are not guaranteed acceptance as a non-degree seeking student.  Non-degree seeking students will need to go through the same admissions process as all other applicants if they wish to enroll full time.  You will start this process via the Office of Graduate Enrollment, please contact their office: 

Website: https://www.clayton.edu/graduate/apply

Email: graduate@clayton.edu

Phone: (678) 466-4110