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The Department of Psychology offers two Master of Science in Psychology options: clinical psychology or counseling psychology. Our programs will prepare you for a rewarding career, or to further your education by pursuing your Ph.D.  Both degree options are 60-hour programs.

The M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April 2011 through April 2021. See

Program Data


Master of Science in Psychology-Clinical Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology-Counseling Psychology

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. Completion of at least 18 semester hours in psychology, including courses in Psychological research methods, psychological statistics and a course in Cognitive Psychology.
  3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 preferred, minimum of 3.0 required.
  4. Preferred minimum GRE scores of 151 for verbal reasoning and 148 for quantitative reasoning.
  5. Adequate interpersonal skills and personal maturity, as measured by a personal interview by the clinical psychology faculty. In cases where an applicant resides noncontiguously to MSU, a telephone interview may be substituted for the personal interview.
  6. Three excellent letters of recommendation, two of which are to be from faculty in the applicant's major department.  Recommendation Form
  7. Submission of an acceptable statement of purpose by the student outlining their reasons for seeking graduate level training in clinical or counseling psychology.

Enrollment in the master's degree program is limited and admission is highly competitive. Students are only accepted for the fall semester. Applications are accepted until all of the openings have been filled. To ensure full consideration, students are encouraged to apply by March 1. Applicants are expected to start the program in the fall semester, except in exceptional circumstances. Students who lack prerequisite courses may be conditionally admitted to the program. However, credit for course work required in order to gain unconditional admission is not applied toward the M.S. degree requirements. The conditionally admitted student meets with his or her advisor and gives immediate priority to remediating the admissions deficiencies. Students conditionally admitted who do not meet the admissions conditions by the end of their second semester in the program will be dropped from the program. Such individuals may reapply for admission to the graduate program upon remediation of all prior admissions conditions.
Students who do not have satisfactory GPA or GRE scores are rarely admitted and only if there is sufficient evidence of probability of success in the program. This judgment would be based on factors such as previous related work experience, a satisfactory score on the MAT or other indices normally associated with success on the part of students in graduate study in psychology.


Career Opportunities

Graduates with a master's degree in Psychology pursue a wide variety of careers in academia, public and private mental health facilities and more. For more information about careers in psychology, visit the American Psychological Association's "Careers in Psychology" page or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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