Master of Science in Counseling
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Master of Science in Counseling

The Department of Psychology at Austin Peay offers a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.

The mental health counseling concentration prepares students to work in a variety of community agency settings and/or eventual private practice. Students completing this concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider status.

The school counseling program is designed to prepare graduates for school counseling positions at elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. Graduates will meet the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education. The curriculum requirements include coursework, a 600-hour internship, school observation hours for those who have not taught, and a passing score on the comprehensive examination.

The Master of Science in Counseling program admits for the fall term only on the Clarksville Campus. The priority application deadline is March 1.

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Deborah Buchanan
Department of Psychology website

Admission Requirements

Required Applicant Materials

Admission Requirements

The Counseling program admits for the fall terms on the APSU Clarksville campus, with concentrations available in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. To be admitted, applicants should meet the following admission requirements:

Admission to the Counseling program is competitive and selective. Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or GRE scores of 142 or above for the quantitative section and 146 or above for the Verbal section. All documents are reviewed during the consideration process. Priority admission will be given to application whose files are completed and who meet admission requirements prior to March 1st for fall admission. Later applications will be considered on a space-available basis, and those interested in applying after March 1st are encouraged to do so.

International Admission Requirements

To view graduate programs available to international students, refer to the Graduate Programs for International Students page on the College of Graduate Studies website. Dependent upon program and/or visa status, additional graduate admission requirements must be met. Please refer to the Admission Requirements for International Students page on our website for detailed information and forms that may be required. All admission documents must be received and processed before selection committee review.

Admission Status

Regular admission will be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements. To be granted conditional admission, unofficial transcripts and entrance exam scores may be submitted until the official documents are received by Graduate Admissions. If official documents are not received as prescribed in the current Graduate Bulletin all classes will be dropped. Denied admission status will be granted to applicants who do not meet the regular or conditional criteria for admission to the program.