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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.


Master of Science Degree in Psychology

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.

Options Available

  • Option I: Thesis
  • Option II: Research Problem
  • Option III: Course Work

Areas of Emphasis

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 Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) 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.

Statistics for the M.S. Clinical Psychology Emphasis program for 2016/2017:

Number of students applied:  19

Number of students admitted:  17

Number of students accepted offer of admission:  11

Number of students enrolled in the program:  27

Number of students who graduated:  6

University Catalog


Master of Science in Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling.

Options Available

  • Option I: Thesis
  • Option II: Research Problem
  • Option III: Course Work

Area of Emphasis

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.

University Catalog


Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) Degree in School Psychology

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.

Options Available

  • Option I: Thesis
  • Option II: Research Problem

Program Guide

University Catalog


University Catalog

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.