Psychology – Graduate Degree

The Psychology Department offers three graduate degree programs including a Master of Arts in General Psychology with tracks in Clinical Psychology and General Experimental Psychology, and a Specialist in School Psychology.

 Departmental Website: Psychology

Degree Offered : Master of Arts (M.A.) in General Psychology

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

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.

The focus of the General Experimental program is on students whose interests are to attend a doctoral 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 doctoral programs who will accept students who have successfully completed master's level programs.

Location of Course Offerings: Primarily in Cullowhee

 

Clinical Admission Requirements:

Graduate School Admission Requirements
Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework (GPA calculator)
  • GRE General Exam required
  • 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.

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

General Experimental Admission Requirements:

Graduate School Admission Requirements 
Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework (GPA calculator)
  • GRE General Exam required
  • Three letters of recommendation from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study
  • Personal goal statement

Application Deadline: March 1

General Experimental Program Director
Dr. Thomas Ford - MA Experimental
Department of Psychology
828-227-2109
tford@wcu.edu

 

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

Program Description:

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

Program Brochure: School Psychology

Location of Course Offerings: Primarily in Cullowhee

School Psychology Admission Requirements:

Graduate School Admission Requirements
Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 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 online interview with program faculty and invited to an Open House

Application Deadline: February 1

School Psychology Program Director 
Dr. Candace Boan-Lenzo - School Psychology
Department of Psychology
828-227-3369
cboan@wcu.edu

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