M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology

The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology began at Brenau in 2003 and is a two year full-time or three to four year part-time program designed to provide training that is consistent with a scientist-practitioner model of Clinical Counseling Psychology. The program is co-educational and classes are offered one morning and one evening per week. It is a 62-credit hour program offered at both our Gainesville and Norcross campuses. There are four different cohorts that start in each year: two on the Gainesville campus (Spring and Fall) and two on the Norcross campus (Summer and Fall). The program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).


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Inspiring Professionalism.
Embracing Diversity.
Preparing for Excellence.

The Master’s Program in Clinical Counseling Psychology is committed to:

  • Preparing students for work in a wide variety of clinical, counseling, assessment, and research settings;
  • Preparing students to be scientists-practitioners;
  • Providing an education that will lead to intellectual and professional competence;
  • Promoting personal growth;
  • Promoting reflection about practice and cultivating compassion and sensitivity in the therapeutic approach; and
  • Encouraging community responsibility and global understanding with an emphasis on cultivating competency in social and cultural diversity issues.
Alexandria Gibbs, BU '17. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Alexandria Gibbs, BU ’17. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

“My two years in Brenau’s MPSY program were a truly amazing experience. After I completed the program, I left with more confidence in my abilities than I had entering the program. I learned so much from the professors, and I will carry the knowledge that they have given me throughout my career.” — Alexandria Gibbs, 2017 MPSY Graduate 

“Brenau’s MPSY program offered progressive challenges inside the classroom and real-world application of classroom skills during field experience outside the classroom.” — Michael Bergquist, 2010 MPSY Graduate


Our Program By the Numbers:

  • Number of applications received to matriculate in academic year 2020-2021 (78)
  • Of those applications, number of students accepted (48)
  • Of those accepted, number of newly enrolled in academic year 2020-21 (30)
  • Of those who were newly enrolled in academic year 2020-21, number who continued into into year two (first year retention rate) (27)
  • Total number of of students enrolled in the program during AY 2020-21 (66)
  • Number of students who graduated in AY 2020-21 (32)
  • Number of full-time students who started the program and graduated within the expected time frame (two years) (24)
  • Percent of students who enrolled in the program in fall 2016 who graduated from the program (5-year graduation rate) (84%)
  • Percent of those who graduated in the years 2016 to 2018 who became fully licensed and/or credentialed as mental  health counselors, professional counselors, BCBA, substance abuse counselors or other similar tracts. (37%) It takes a minimum of 3 years of post-master’s clinical experience after taking either the NCE or NMHCE exam after graduation to become fully licensed in Georgia. 
  • Percentage of those who graduated in AY 2020-21 who became certified or licensed as school counselors (0%)
  • Percentage of courses taught by adjunct or part-time faculty over AY 2020-21 (15%)
  • Race/Ethnicity of Full-time Faculty — 11% African American/Black; 89% European American/White
  • Gender Identity of Full-time Faculty — 7 Female Faculty; 2 Male Faculty; 0 Transgender; 0 Non-binary

Positions currently held by our most recent graduates:

  • Intake specialist for psychology facility
  • Psychometrist
  • Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Researcher and doctoral student in Clinical Psychology
  • Counselor
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Assessment counselor at psychiatric hospital
  • Behavioral Health Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Manager at Division of Family Services