Clinical Psychology
Master's Emphasis

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The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science Degree with a Major in Psychology. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, General, Behavior Analysis or Clinical. Admission to the M.S. Clinical Psychology is for fall semesters only. Application deadline is March 1. 

The Clinical emphasis is designed for students who wish to pursue master’s level licensure in psychology or counseling and provide direct clinical service to individuals with psychological disorders. 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. The program meets educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor in most states, including Missouri, but requirements vary by state. Additional post-degree supervision and national examination are required for licensure as a professional counselor and also varies by state.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Department Program Guide
  • Career Options
  • Admission requirements

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: Coursework
This option requires completion of coursework that demonstrates evidence of advanced coursework 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.  


  • Psychometrician
  • Psychiatric Inpatient Therapist
  • Prison Mental Health Services
  • 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
  • The Department of Psychology and Counseling maintains a separate admissions and applications process from that of the Graduate School. Prospective students must visit the Psychology and Counseling department website for additional information.

About Psychology and Counseling Department

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has placed its graduates in schools, businesses, agencies and hospitals throughout the region, as well as provided teachers for two and four year colleges. The department enjoys a strong relationship with area mental health agencies, with many private and governmental establishments acting as training sites for students, and using department faculty and advanced graduate students as consultants. PSU is the only school within a 100 mile radius that provides graduate training in counseling, psychology and school psychology. Additionally, no other university in Kansas has an integrated psychology and counseling department, allowing the department to offer comprehensive, in-depth programs in each area and providing students with the opportunity to experience the best in both disciplines.

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