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 Specialist in Education Degrees. 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.
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, listed below.
General Psychology Emphasis | Program Guide This degree is designed for the student who wishes to pursue an advanced degree (at the specialist or doctoral level) or a career in community college teaching. The M.S. Degree in General Psychology is not a practitioner degree. 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. Most students who complete this degree subsequently apply to the Ed.S. Degree Program in School Psychology or to a Ph.D. Program. A number of graduates have also been employed as community college psychology faculty.
Clinical Psychology Emphasis | Program Guide This degree is designed for students who wish to pursue master's level licensure in psychology (in states where such licensure is available), and provide direct clinical service delivery to individuals who have classifiable mental disorders. The program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by MPAC (Masters in Psychology Accrediting Council) and qualifies graduates for status as licensed masters level psychologists (LMLP) in Kansas. (As of July, 2000, students completing the program and post-degree supervision, and passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology are eligible for designation as Licensed Clinical Psychotherapists in Kansas.) The program includes a 750 clock hour practicum and internship sequence.
The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Counseling. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Program Guide This degree is designed to train skilled practitioners to provide direct counseling services in mental health and other community agency settings. Completion of the program (and post-degree supervised experience requirements) qualifies graduates to apply for Licensure as Professional Counselors in Kansas, Missouri, and over 40 other states. Advanced students are also eligible to sit for the National Board for Certified Counselors Examination.
School Counseling | Program Guide This degree prepares candidates for professional careers as school counselors in Pre K-12 settings. Candidates interested in pursuing the M.S. degree in School Counseling are strongly encouraged to complete an undergraduate degree in education. Although two years of teaching experience was required for candidates planning to secure employment as school counselors in the state of Kansas in the past, that is no longer a requirement, but is still recommended. Candidates without a degree in education or teaching experience will be required to complete additional coursework not reflected on this program guide. In addition to completing the 48 hour program of study in School Counseling, a passing score on the PRAXIS II specialty test in Guidance and Counseling (code 20420) is needed as well.
This is an advanced graduate counseling degree designed to allow professionally trained mental health practitioners to re-specialize or further specialize within the discipline of professional counseling. The program requires prior completion of the master's degree in counseling (or its equivalent) and requires the completion of 30 (Option I) to 32 (Option II) semester hours of coursework, including a 15 semester hour core and 15-17 semester hours of electives in a specialty in counseling.
This degree is designed to provide degree candidates with the competencies necessary to function effectively as school psychologists in special education cooperatives, public schools, and institutional settings. Persons with a bachelor's degree may begin this degree by working toward a prescribed master's degree in a related field, including at least 10 hours of graduate work applicable to the area of school psychology. The candidate for this degree must meet requirements for provisional certification as a school psychologist in the state of Kansas. Full certification requires completion of this degree plus one school year of internship. The program must include a minimum of 32 hours of approved coursework beyond the master's degree, of which 21 hours must be numbered 800 or above and at least nine of the 21 hours must be numbered 900 or above. This curriculum adheres to the standards established by the Kansas State Department of Education and to the curriculum recommendations of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Admission is competitive and limited to the number of practicum sites available.
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.