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MS - Clinical Psychology


MS - Clinical Psychology

Emporia State University's Clinical Psychology program will give you the training and experience you need to help others. Our Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology prepares you for a professional career in clinical psychology or to enter a doctoral program in psychology.

  • This is a generalist training program that has enough flexibility and personalized attention to pursue individual research interests or specialized training through independent study.
  • The Clinical Psychology program provides you with opportunities to be involved in research with faculty.
  • Our faculty have decades of real world experience providing psychology treatment and assessment in various settings to a wide range of client populations.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the job market for clinical psychologists is expected to grow by 12% between now and 2022.

During your second year, you will complete a clinical internship, and gain supervised experience working with clients in the field. You have considerable flexibility choosing the setting and client populations with which you would like to work.


More information on applying

If you are going to apply for admission, you are required to have a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate psychology, not counting Introductory Psychology, which must include: Developmental Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Foundations of Psychology. Deficiencies may be taken concurrently with graduate courses if the deficiency courses are not prerequisites for a course in the graduate program.

Admission to the graduate program requires a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher or 3.25 on last 60 hours based on a 4.0 scale, a minimum GPA of 3.0 for required psychology courses, and submission of the following:

To apply to Graduate School at Emporia State University, you will need to create an account on our application system and then complete the application process as indicated.

Submit official GRE or Miller's Analogy Test scores.

Three letters of recommendation from psychology faculty (or professionals in psychology or closely related disciplines) who know you well enough to speak specifically about your academic performance and chances for success and scholarship at the graduate level.

A one- to two-page statement of academic interests and goals that specifically addresses the following:

- Why are you pursuing clinical psychology as your major area of interest?
- Why have you chosen specifically to apply to ESU's program in clinical psychology?
- What are your professional goals upon graduation?
- What research interests and experience do you have?
- What applied/clinical interests and experience do you have?
- What are your biggest strengths? What are your biggest weaknesses?

On a scale of 1 (weak) to 10 (strong), where would rate yourself in terms of:
- Interest in the scientific study of psychology
- Skill in the scientific study of psychology
- Interest in clinical practice of psychology
- Skill in the clinical practice of psychology

A current copy of your vita.

Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Submit all application materials and fee to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle, Box 4003
Emporia, KS 66801-5087


Additional Information

A degree program must be completed with the advisor during the first semester.

Between completion of 6 to 15 hours of graduate credit, the student must file for degree candidacy. This requires the degree program is on file. Degree candidacy must be approved before a student can enroll for thesis or internship hours.

Exceptions to the required coursework will be rarely granted. Such exceptions require the approval of the full psychology faculty.

For non-degree seeking students: A student may not apply more than 12 graduate hours taken as a non-degree student to a graduate program in the department. In addition, these courses must also meet the seven year time limit established by the Graduate Council.

For applicants who have been rejected for admission: Before reapplying for a graduate program, an application must
(1) complete all background deficiencies and
(2) repeat undergraduate courses to raise the GPA on the last 60 hours to 3.25.

Applications for the Clinical Psychology graduate program are accepted throughout the year. However, for maximum consideration of financial aid, awards, and assistantship opportunities, students should have a completed graduate application submitted by March 1 (for a fall semester start date) or October 1 (for a spring semester start date). Students will be contacted about their admittance into the graduate program within one month upon the department's receipt of all required and completed graduate application materials.

Accepted students will receive with their acceptance letter a pre-stamped, pre-addressed postcard requesting their "Intent to Enroll" in the program as soon as possible so they can make arrangements to meet with their assigned advisor.

Required application materials

Graduate School Application

Upon filling out the application, one has the choice to choose a concentration to supplement their Master's Degree. If one does not desire to choose a concentration, then leave that section blank on the application.

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Statement of objectives


Three reference forms

Submitting Application Materials

The following items must be provided/completed at the time of application submission through the Application Portal:

*Unofficial bachelor's degree transcript

*Statement of objectives


*Three references or the names and emails of three recommenders

Official transcripts

Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to

If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School

Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415

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Why ESU?

About one third of our students choose to move on to doctoral-level training, while others practice evidence-based psychology as licensed master's level psychologists.

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Physical Address

Department of Psychology, Learning Science, & Instructional Technology
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 327

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology, Learning Science, & Instructional Technology
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4031
Emporia, KS 66801