David P. Hurford, Ph.D.
Carol S. Oehme
Phone: (620) 235-4523 Fax: (620) 235-6102
The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers several graduate level programs including Master's Degrees and a Specialist in Education Degree. The materials required for the application process can be found on the menu to the right.
Admission to graduate study in the department is competitive. Most graduate students in the department are at some point involved in providing direct mental health services as part of their practicum and internship experiences. As a result, the department has a policy that requires all applicants to consent to criminal background checks. Admission to graduate study in the department requires that students submit the following:
Once the student has been accepted, additional fees are required to cover the cost of criminal background checks. The student’s acceptance status will be considered “conditional” until the fees have been paid and the criminal background check has been completed.
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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.
Graduate Degree Options:
General Psychology (MS)
Psychology (Behavior Analysis) (MS)
Clinical Psychology (MS)
School Counseling (MS)
School Psychology (EdS)
Visit the Graduate and Continuing Studies page for more information about graduate school.
Scholarship applications are due by February 1 of each year for the following academic year. To be considered for a scholarship in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, you must submit both an online application (https://go.pittstate.edu/scholarship) and a personal statement of career goals to the Department of Psychology and Counseling that provides a synopsis of your academic career thus far as well as your aspirations with regard to Psychology and/or Counseling. APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF STUDENTS DO NOT SUBMIT THE PERSONAL STATEMENT OF CAREER GOALS.
To learn more about tuition costs and financial aid, view our Affordability page.