Graduate Program: Psychology

Psychology Graduate Program

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Psychology. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, General and Clinical.

The General emphasis is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in community college teaching or an advanced degree at the specialist or doctoral level. Students pursuing this degree are not eligible to enroll in practicum or internship and are not qualified upon degree completion for any type of licensure, certification, or professional credentialing.

Why Pitt State?

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option II: Research Problem
        This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

    Option III: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Career Options

  • Behavioral Counselor
  • Social Service Manager
  • Health Project Coordinator

Learn more about the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Admission Requirements :

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE (Minimum of 141 Quantitative, 146 Vocabulary, and 3.5 Writing)
  • Departmental application
  • Consent for release of criminal background check
  • Personal statement of career goals
  • Three completed professional recommendation forms
  • The Department of Psychology and Counseling maintains a separate admissions and applications process from that of the Graduate School. Prospective students must visit the Psychology and Counseling department webpage for additional information.


Students in the Psychology program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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