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.
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.
The Clinical emphasis 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 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. Students who earn the degree, complete post-degree supervision, and pass 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.
Emphasis areas include:
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.
Admission to this graduate degree program requires:
- 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