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2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Counseling, M.S.

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Department of Psychology

Samuel S. Fung, Chair
Psychology, CL 205
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-7233 or email at fungs@apsu.edu

Uma Iyer, Graduate Coordinator
(Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program)
Psychology, CL 215 E
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-6331 or email at iyeru@apsu.edu

Shunda Brown Graduate Coordinator
(School Counseling Program)
Psychology, CL 307 B
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221- 7238 or email at brownsl@apsu.edu

Nicole Knickmeyer, Graduate Coordinator
(Community Counseling Program)
Psychology, CL 303 B
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-6407 or email at knickmeyern@apsu.edu


Stuart Bonnington, Shunda Brown, Deborah Buchannan Samuel Fung, Charles Grah, Kevin Harris, Jessica Hatz, Brian Hock, Uma Iyer, Regina Kakhnovets, Nicole Knickmeyer, Paul Nicodemus, Leigh Schmitt, Stephen Truhon, Charles Woods, and Nanci Woods


Regular Admission Status is offered on a selective basis.

Please send the following application materials to the attention of the Program Coordinator: Letters of Recommendation (form available on College of Graduate Studies’ website), Personal Statement, undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial) and GRE scores (may be unofficial). Official transcripts and GRE scores must also be sent to The College of Graduate Studies Office. All required admission requirements are due no later than February 1. Review of completed application packets begin on March 1st. Applications received after the February 1st date will be considered based upon openings.

Applicants may only be considered for regular admission once they have submitted a complete application file (see here  for a list of complete application requirements) and have met all of the following entrance requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on undergraduate work taken as part of a bachelor’s degree.
  2. A minimum GRE Verbal score > 140 
  3. A minimum GRE Quantitative score > 140.
  4. A calculated score of 2000 or greater based on the following formula: (GPA x 400) + (GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative) > 2000.

All four conditions must be satisfied to be offered regular admission.

Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment Form: Students admitted to a degree-seeking program must complete the Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment form by the end of the first semester (excluding summer terms), regardless of the number of hours in which the student has enrolled.

Conditional Admission Status may be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements prescribed by the College of Graduate Studies, the department and the program to which they apply. Under conditional status, unofficial transcripts and entrance exams may be submitted until the official documents are received in the Graduate Admissions office. It is the applicant’s responsibility to understand specific admission requirements and submit official transcripts and entrance exams by the 10th day of classes (for 8-week sessions, the 6th day of class is the deadline for submitting official documents) for the first registered semester in which the student has applied. After all official documents are received, the applicant will be granted Regular admission status. Applicants who do not submit all official documents in the prescribed time period above will be dropped from all classes in which they are enrolled. If, within the department, an appeal process seems warranted, the departmental chair will submit an appeal letter to the Dean, College of Graduate Studies.

Personal Statement (Counseling Concentrations only): In addition to the application requirements listed in this section  of the bulletin, applicants to the community and school concentrations must submit a two page typewritten personal statement. Lastly, this statement should address any qualities, experiences, or skills that make the applicant well-suited for the counseling profession.

Prerequisites: 18 hours of undergraduate psychology courses are required of all applicants. Applicants to the Department of Psychology must be formally admitted to the department before they can enroll in classes. Any updates or changes to admission requirements may be found at www.apsu.edu/psychology/grad.aspx

For fall consideration of application all materials must be submitted by the deadline of February 1 for the following fall start. After this date interested applicants should contact the corresponding program coordinator to know the possibility of late applications.

The Psychology Department teaches students the empirical approach to understanding the mind and behavior within an environmental and cultural context. We challenge our undergraduate and graduate students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to become life-long learners as part of a comprehensive liberal arts education. We encourage our students to apply their knowledge of research and scholarship as ethical and productive members of the community. We serve the university’s overall mission by contributing to a liberal arts education, by providing concentrated programs of study in psychology, and by contributing to the success of other programs of study. The vision of the psychology department is to be recognized throughout the region for the quality of its academic programs.


Counseling Concentrations

There are two concentrations in counseling: Community Counseling or School Counseling. The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is 18 hours of psychology or psychology related courses that should include: general psychology, abnormal psychology, human development, and statistics. Candidates should plan a specified program with their graduate committees. If seeking a master’s degree the applicant counseling in either of these concentrations must request admission to candidacy before completing 9 hours of graduate course work.  The counseling program adheres to the Graduate Research Plan I: Research Literacy.  In addition, successful completion of a written comprehensive exam is required.

Student Conduct: Students enrolled in the counseling programs are expected to adhere to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics. Violations of that code may result in suspension or dismissal from the program.

Community Counseling Concentration

The community counseling concentration prepares students to work in a variety of community agency settings and/or eventual private practice. Students completing this concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider status. Possible changes in requirements may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Program Coordinator of Community Counseling for current information.

School Counseling Concentration

The school counseling concentration is designed to prepare graduates for school counseling positions at elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. Graduates will meet the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education. The curriculum requirements include coursework, a 600-hour internship, and school observation hours for those who have not taught.

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