Thank you for your interest in Brenau’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program. We offer a blend of scientific and practical training with classes taught by dedicated faculty with extensive experience in the field (click here for faculty profiles). Our program focuses on professional as well as personal growth with emphasis on research, assessment, and diverse clinical experiences.
“The psychology professors at Brenau truly make the program. They are working with you every step of the way, supporting, encouraging, and pushing when appropriate. The experiences I had in grad school allowed me to enter the world of counseling as a confident professional…I now have a full-time job as a counselor and my professional counseling licensure.” — Jamie Calhoun, 2007 MPSY Graduate
What is the application process?
Interested candidates must fill out the Brenau University graduate application form (click here) as well as the Clinical Counseling Psychology application form (click here). All transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Graduate Admissions, 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville GA 30501. We require two (2) letters of recommendation that should be sent to Graduate Admissions (click here for recommendation form). Applicants need to take the standard GRE and have the official scores forwarded to Brenau’s Admissions office. Applicants should submit a writing sample that consists of a 2-3 page essay on “How Brenau University’s Clinical Counseling Psychology Program Will Be a Good Fit for My Career Interests.” All qualifying candidates who complete the application process will be interviewed by two faculty members.
The application deadline for fall classes is March 1st. The spring cohort begins in January with an application deadline of October 1st.
An MPSY student assists with the “Hearing Voices” activity for an undergraduate psychology lab student enrolled in Introduction to Psychology.
Who is our ideal graduate candidate?
Our ideal MPSY candidate will have a 3.0 or greater GPA and will score a 1000 or greater on the GRE exam. Candidates are not required to have majored in psychology but must take a few prerequisite courses before taking some of the graduate courses. These prerequisite courses are Abnormal Psychology and either Research Methods or Statistics.
Who is likely to attend the program?
We anticipate a varied applicant pool and would like to have a mixture of demographic backgrounds and both traditional and non-traditional students in each cohort.
Brenau’s Department of Psychology offers two graduate psychology degrees: a Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology and a Master’s in Psychology. What is the difference?
A Master’s in Clinical Counseling program stresses the need for both a strong counseling component and a strong research, statistics, and assessments component. A Master’s Degree in Psychology does not give a student the clinical experience that would enable him or her to become a licensed professional counselor but does cover much of the same content as the Clinical Counseling Psychology program. Students who may want to opt for this degree would likely not want to become a professional counselor but may want to go on for another Ph.D. program such as experimental or organizational psychology or may want to teach in the field of psychology at the undergraduate level. Students may begin in the Clinical Counseling Psychology program and later decide to switch to Psychology.
How difficult is the program?
Much more is expected of students at the graduate level than at the undergraduate level. The program involves heavy reading assignments, multiple applied experience assignments, written and oral presentations, critical thinking tasks, and other advanced assignment expectations. In general, at a graduate level — at any university — students should be expected to spend at least 5-6 hours outside of class for each hour in class. The program, therefore, is quite demanding. We feel these high expectations will provide you with the best possible training for your future work, for continuation in graduate school, and for the licensure examination. All students are expected to obtain at least a “B” in each of their courses while in the master’s program at Brenau University.
Will Brenau’s program prepare me to be licensed as a therapist in Georgia?
Yes. The program will provide you with the needed background to sit for the licensure examination in Georgia and several other states (for other states, you will need to check specific state requirements). In Georgia, in order to become licensed as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), you must complete your master’s degree, pass the NCE (National Counselor’s Exam), and complete a minimum of three years of supervised experience. You can apply to take the NCE as soon as you graduate, or in some cases, just prior to graduation. All of the classes offered in our program will prepare you for the three years of supervision and the topics you will need to know to pass the licensure exam. For more information on the requirements and routes to become licensed and/or certified in the various counseling disciplines, visit www.counselor-license.
Are there any “real world” counseling opportunities available on campus?
Yes. The program operates the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Second-year graduate students are given the opportunity to work in the counseling center as one of the last steps before graduation and receiving a license to practice on their own. Licensed Professional Counselors or psychologists supervise counselor-client interaction. Student counselors are trained to work in the following areas at the clinic: individual, family, and couples counseling; child counseling; and psychological assessment and testing for all ages.
How do I get information about financial aid?
Brenau’s Financial Aid Office will be happy to assist you with your questions. Please click here.