MPSY Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program at Brenau University’s Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling. We offer a blend of scientific and practical training with classes taught by dedicated faculty with extensive experience in the field. Our program focuses on professional as well as personal growth with emphasis on research, assessment, and diverse clinical experiences.

Maria Perdomo-Medina, BU '17. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Maria Perdomo-Medina, BU ’17. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

“The MPSY program has been a challenging adventure, but without doubt it is one of the most amazing experiences in my life. The professors are incredibly amazing; their knowledge as well as their humanity have made my journey easier. Being part of this program has been such a pleasure and a memory that I will always remember.” — Maria Perdomo-Medina, 2017 MPSY Graduate 

“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?

The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program uses the PSYCAS platform for all applications and supporting documents. All application materials should be submitted to PSYCAS. Our program is offered on both our Gainesville, GA campus, and our Norcross, GA campus, with four different cohorts that start throughout each academic year:  two cohorts on the Gainesville campus (Spring and Fall) and two on the Norcross campus (Summer and Fall). When applying in PSYCAS, please select ONE campus and entry term combination you would like to apply for from the options presented. If you apply to more than one cohort, you will be charged an additional fee via PSYCAS. Should you wish to update your campus and entry terms of choice later in the application process, we are happy to accommodate at no additional cost. We look forward to working with you!

We would like applications to be submitted for each semester by the following dates:

Gainesville Fall Semester classes – July 1st
Norcross Fall Semester classes – July 1st
Gainesville Spring Semester classes – December 31st
Norcross Summer Semester classes – April 15th

Who is our ideal graduate candidate?

Our ideal MPSY candidate will have a 3.0 or greater GPA and will score a 280 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 Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology offers two graduate psychology degrees: a Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology and a Master’s in Psychology. What is the difference?

Our Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology 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. Graduate students must complete a thesis as part of the requirement for their degree. Complete list of theses.

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

Is there a clinic available on campus for students to obtain clinical experience?

Yes. The program operates a clinic, the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), in both Gainesville (423 Brenau Avenue) and Norcross (3139 Campus Drive, Suite 900). 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.

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