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Admissions
 

 
 

Special Admission Criteria

In addition to the general admission requirements for all graduate programs, you are required to meet the following criteria:

1.

You must have completed the baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (verified by an official transcript) with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If you have NOT earned at least a 3.0 GPA, you must submit a minimum score of 410 on the MAT or a minimum score of 1,000 (V+Q) (for tests taken prior to August 1, 2011) or 300 (V+Q) (for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011) on the General Test of the GRE. Scores below the above criteria will be considered individually.

2. You must ask three professionals to complete reference forms concerning your suitability for graduate study in Counseling Psychology. At least two of these references must be from professors who have taught or supervised you.
3. You are to provide a resumè with your application for admission.
4.

You are to provide a typewritten statement that will answer questions about yourself. These questions will be supplied by the Office of Graduate Services as part of your application for graduate study.

5.

You must interview with the graduate program coordinator. If additional interviews are required, then the coordinator

will arrange them. If you cannot arrange to come to the campus for an interview, the coordinator will arrange for a

telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide another source of information regarding the applicant’s

appropriateness for training as a counselor.

6. Undergraduate preparation must include the following courses for a total of 15 credit hours (or their equivalent as determined by the Psychology Admissions Committee):


a.  Introduction/General Psychology

b.  Psychological Statistics or Research Methods

c.  Developmental Psychology (Child, Adolescent or Adult)

d.  Abnormal Psychology (Adult or Child)

e.  Elective in Psychology

7.

Application Deadline: February 1 for the Fall semester. Degree program admissions are made only for the fall semester.

8. Note: Some internship sites may require a criminal background check prior to approving students for the internship placement.

 

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Basic Preparation Courses

Although not required for admission, the following courses represent needed background for the more advanced courses in the program. If the student has not taken these courses at an advanced level as an undergraduate, these courses must be taken at Frostburg State University at the beginning of the student’s program of study. If the student has taken some or all of these basic preparation courses at another institution but the courses are not comparable to FSU’s, the student will be asked to either take the course(s) at FSU or take an equivalency exam to test out of the course(s):

 

  • PSYC 508 Tests and Measurements
  • Plus one, 3-credit hour course addressing the physiological basis of behavior: Physiological Psychology (PSYC 520), Health Psychology (PSYC 530), or Addictions Issues and Treatment (PSYC 686) or their equivalent at another university.


Course Requirements 
(Total - 60 credits)

  • Graduate course work listed below (42 credits):

PSYC 600     Introduction to Counseling and Assessment
PSYC 602*   Advanced Research Evaluation and Interpretation (or PSYC 570)
PSYC 610     Small Group Dynamics/Group Counseling
PSYC 614     Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSYC 616** Psychological Issues in Career Counseling
PSYC 617     Adult Psychopathology
PSYC 618     Child Psychopathology
PSYC 619** Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling
PSYC 630     Theories and Techniques of Counseling I
PSYC 640     Theories and Techniques of Counseling II
PSYC 650     Family Therapy
PSYC 660     Individual Assessment
PSYC 670     Multicultural Counseling Techniques
PSYC 686     Addiction Issues & Treatment

  • A minimum of a total of 12 credits of internship across two semesters:

PSYC 695     Internship in Counseling (6-12 credits)
PSYC 696     Advanced Internship in Counseling (6-12 credits)

  • Six additional credits consisting of up to two additional electives or up to 6 additional credits of internship

Approved Electives
PSYC 504     Psychology of Exceptional Child
PSYC 520     Physiological Psychology
PSYC 530     Health Psychology
PSYC 544     The Male Experience
PSYC 570     Research Methods Applications
PSYC 581     History and Systems
PSYC 585     Behavioral App. to Human Problems
PSYC 590     Special Topics in Psychology
PSYC 591     Seminar in Psychology
Any 500-level PSYC course
PSYC 602
♦   Advanced Research Evaluation & Interpretation

PSYC 625     Counselor as a Person
PSYC 680     Advanced Treatment Strategies With Children, Adolescents & Families
PSYC 692     Adv. Seminar in Psychology
PSYC 698     Readings in Psychology
PSYC 699     Ind. Research in Psychology

Approved Education Electives
SCCO 608     Lifestyle, Career Development & Decision Making
EDUC 523     AIDS: Information, Instruction and Counseling
EDUC 606     Developmental Theory & Experiential Growth
EDUC 590     Special Topics: AIDS: Peer Counseling and Education

Other SCCO and EDUC courses with prior approval of MS Committee.

* Students who have a strong Research Methods background are encouraged to substitute PSYC 602 with PSYC 570 Advanced Experimental Psychology.  This course is ideal for those who wish to engage in research and prepare to go on for doctoral studies.  You may wish to consult with your advisor to determine your eligibility to enroll in PSYC 570.

**To complete this program, students will have to take PSYC 616 and PSYC 619 during an intersession or summer session.

♦You may take both PSYC 570 and PSYC 602; one can count as the program requirement and one as an elective.

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Internship

An important aspect of the program, not often found in master’s level studies, is the two-semester internship. The opportunity to intern at one of a variety of sites, for up to 36 hours per week during a 9-month period, provides the student with unusually thorough preparation for eventual employment.

Areas for internship are generally restricted to the Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia region, within commuting distance of Frostburg.  Ongoing supervision is provided by an on-site supervisor. Some internship sites may require a criminal background check prior to approving students for the internship placement.

 

Personal Growth Experience

All students are required to participate in a counseling experience designed to enhance their self-growth and self-awareness. This may be individual or group counseling, or a structured workshop, and must be 12 hours.

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Degree Candidacy

Frostburg State University regards degree candidacy as an important element of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree program. The purpose of degree candidacy is to provide a formal mechanism as part of your program of study whereby your academic performance and progress toward completion of degree requirements are evaluated. Criteria for this evaluation are found in the MS in Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Handbook.

Conditions of Degree Candidacy and Internship

It is your responsibility to apply for degree candidacy. Application for degree candidacy must occur during the semester in which you will complete 12 or more credit hours of 600-level program requirements, including PSYC 640. To apply for degree candidacy you must:

1. Have completed all graduate credit taken as approved from Frostburg State University with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

2. Have completed all undergraduate preparation courses and any other course deficiencies as they are listed on your study plan

3. Have completed all required basic preparation courses
 

Acceptance to degree candidacy must be approved before you apply for the internship. All course work except for electives must be completed prior to interning, and you must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better to intern.
 

Internship is normally graded on a PASS/NON-PASS basis. To continue in the program and register for Advanced Internship (696), you must receive a PASS in Internship (695). Should you be unable to complete either PSYC 695 or 696 during the semester you initially enrolled, an incomplete (I) may be assigned.


Graduation

In addition to satisfactorily completing the basic master’s degree requirements described in this catalog, an exit interview and recommendation for graduation from your Master’s Committee (your advisor and one other faculty member) are required. You must apply for graduation according to the schedule listed in the academic regulations section of this catalog.

 

Transfer/Proficiency Credit 

 

Up to 9 graduate credits may be transferred into this program, based on the requirements set forth in the graduate catalog. Note that credit by examination is not offered as a part of this program.

 

 

Psi Chi

 

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology.  The major goals of Psi Chi are to honor outstanding psychology students by  membership in this society and to foster a climate conducive to the creative development of the society.  For complete information, contact the chair of the Department of Psychology.

 

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