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Psychology – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Program Description: There are two tracks in the M.A. in General Psychology: Clinical and Experimental.

The purpose of the clinical program is to prepare students to pursue further training at the doctoral level. The faculty members have been very successful in placing students in doctoral clinical psychology programs. Students who do not wish to pursue further studies are eligible to apply for licensure in North Carolina as a psychology associate.

Successful completion of the program will lead to recommendation for Level II licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (and similar certification in states with reciprocity). In addition, graduates are eligible for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists and for licensure as Psychological Associates of North Carolina.

The focus of the General Experimental Graduate Program is twofold. The first focus is on students whose interests are to attend a Ph.D. program in General Experimental but whose undergraduate record does not reflect their preparation for advanced graduate work. As such, the program is heavily research oriented. There are numerous Ph.D. programs who will accept students from master's level programs after successful completion.

The second focus is applied and on students who wish to seek employment with a master's degree. It will provide interdisciplinary coursework in applied areas such as Human Resource Development and Consumer Behavior.                     

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Admission Requirements:

Graduate School Admission Requirements
Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework (GPA calculator)
  • Minimum GRE General Exam score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections
  • Three letters of recommendation from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study
  • Personal goal statement
  • Finalists will be invited for an interview with program faculty (both the clinical and school programs)

Prerequisites: For students without a psychology degree, 12 hours of specified psychology courses will be added to the program of study.

Application Deadline: February 1 for Experimental Psychology Track. March 1 for Clinical Psychology Track.

Number of Graduate Faculty: 18

Number of Students: 30  

Location of Course Offerings: Primarily in Cullowhee

Degree Offered: Specialist in School Psychology (S.S.P.)

Program Description:

The school psychology program is a terminal degree program that requires the completion of 72 semester hours and no master's degree is obtained on the way to earning the Specialist in School Psychology degree. The program includes two practica (7 hours total), a year-long internship (12 hours total) and the completion of a thesis (6 hours total). Successful completion of the program, including passing the Praxis II exam and requirements related to licensure, will lead to recommendation for Level II licensure and National Certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP).

Admission Requirements:

Graduate School Admission Requirements
Program Admission Requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework (GPA calculator)
  • A satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  •  Three letters of recommendation from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study 
  • Personal goal statement
  • Finalists will be invited for an interview with program faculty
  • A Master’s Degree is not required for entrance into this program.

Application Deadline: February 1

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Kia Asberg - MA Clinical Concentration Leader
Department of Psychology
828-227-3451
kasberg@wcu.edu

Dr. Thomas Ford - MA Experimental Concentration Leader
Department of Psychology
828-227-2109
tford@wcu.edu

Dr. Lori Unruh - School Psychology Concentration Leader
Department of Psychology
828-227-2738
lunruh@wcu.edu

Departmental Website: Psychology
 
 
 

 

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