Although many schools in Georgia offer a master's degree in psychology in route towards a doctorate in the field, there are only a few schools in the state that offer a stand alone psychology master's degree program. These programs vary by focus area, as well as in their program and admission requirements. Below is a table with information, followed by a discussion, about a few of the schools that offer these master's programs.
Schools in Georgia with Master's in Psychology Programs
|School||Location||In-State, Graduate Tuition (2016-2017)*||Degree Available**|
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, GA||$6,636||M.S. in Psychology|
|Augusta University||Augusta, GA||$5,144||M.S. in Psychological Sciences|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||$8,492||M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology|
|Brenau University||Gainesville, GA||$11,736||M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology, M.S. in Psychology|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Schools' websites
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Georgia Schools Offering Master's Degree Programs in Psychology
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University provides graduate students with a unique Master of Science in Psychology program that is designed to prepare them for either a career or entrance to a doctorate program in the field upon graduation. Students can choose from a wide array of research areas, including learning, personality, developmental, health and social psychology. The program also offers students a track that places an emphasis on teaching to prepare graduates for careers as postsecondary educators. Students applying to the program need a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies, successful completion of introductory courses in the field, qualifying GRE scores, three letters of reference and a statement of purpose.
Augusta University offers students a Master of Science in Psychological Sciences program that is designed to be taken full time and completed in five semesters. Students can choose from one of three tracks: clinical/counseling, applied experimental and general experimental psychology. Students in the clinical/counseling track must complete an internship that totals 600 hours, while students in the applied experimental track must complete 450 hours of research and/or teaching experience. The general experimental track prepares students for entry to a Ph.D. program and requires a thesis. Applicants need to submit official transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and must hold a 3.0 GPA.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia has a distinct master's degree program in industrial-organizational psychology that is designed specifically for working professionals. The program takes two years to complete, consists of 36 credit hours and a practicum project, and only requires students to attend class sessions five times each semester to accommodate those with work schedules. Course topics include organizational research methods, leadership development, motivation and engagement, and talent acquisition. Students applying to the program need at least two years of professional experience and a 3.0 GPA, and they must submit letters of recommendation, a resume and a statement of purpose. Passing GRE scores are also required, but applicants with five or more years of work experience who already hold a graduate degree or have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be able to waive this requirement.
Brenau University offers a 60-credit Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology that can be completed in two years if taken full time or in 3-4 years if taken part time. Prior to graduation, students work in the counseling center and are able to work in child counseling; individual, family or couples counseling; or psychological assessment and testing. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the National Counselor's Exam (NCE) to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Applicants to the program need to submit official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, GRE scores and a writing sample. The school also offers a more general master's degree program in psychology that does not include the clinical experiences that prepare students to become a counselor; graduates of this program often go on to a Ph.D. program.
Several schools throughout the state of Georgia offer Master of Science degree programs in the field of psychology. These programs are designed to give students the necessary experience in a particular area of psychology, such as clinical psychology or industrial-organizational psychology, or to prepare for a doctoral program.