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Psychology Contact

Department Chair:

David P. Hurford, Ph.D.

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Contact Person:
Carol S. Oehme

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Phone: (620) 235-4523
Fax: (620) 235-6102

1701 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762-7551

Graduate Programs

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 Requirements

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:

  • Graduate and Continuing Studies Application for Admission to Graduate Study and Non-Refundable Application Fee of $35.00 for domestic students or $60.00 for international students (apply online at the Pittsburg State homepage [] at the link “Apply Now” [])
  • Department Application and Non-Refundable Application Fee of $40.00 (this is in addition to the Graduate and Continuing Studies application fee) payable to Department of Psychology and Counseling:

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.


    • Domestic students with one last name – no additional fees.
    • Domestic students who have more than one last name (maiden name, married names, nicknames or other names used) - $18.00 per last name.
    • International students - must pay the actual cost of the criminal background check for the student’s specific country (see International Criminal History Pricing document for specific details)
  • Consent for Release of Criminal Background Check
  • Personal Statement of Career Goals (describing your background, professional/educational goals, and specific program area of interest at PSU)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores (General Test Only) – a minimum score of 146 on the Verbal Reasoning area, a minimum score of 141 on the Quantitative Reasoning area, and 3.5 or above on the Analytical Writing area – PSU Institutional Code:  R6336     Department Code:  2005
  • Three Completed Professional Recommendation Forms (these should come from faculty members or employers who are familiar with your work)
  • All Official Degree Statement Transcripts
  • A Minimum TOEFL Score of 550/79 for Students whose primary language is not English
  • Overall Undergraduate GPA of 3.0


Program Options

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.


Application Materials

Visit the Graduate and Continuing Studies page for more information about graduate school.

Scholarship Opportunities

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 ( 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.