Psychology Graduate Studies
Francis Marion University offers graduate programs leading to the following:
- Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology (MSAP), Clinical/Counseling option
Coordinator: Dr. Erica James Young
- Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (MSAP/ABA)
Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Bullock
- Specialist Degree in School Psychology (SSP)
Coordinator: Dr. Crystal Hill-Chapman
Within the graduate program, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work as professionals in clinical, school, health, and other community settings as scientist practitioners. Students and graduates are expected to bring scholarship and reflection to their work, as well as an understanding of diversity in clientele, methodology, and application.
Graduates report that their training occurred in a positive learning environment that recognized and nurtured diversity while emphasizing academic excellence. Program faculty produce scholarship that enhances teaching, involves students, and contributes to the profession of psychology.
Furthermore, faculty members consult with and render academic and practical assistance to local human service agencies, hospitals, and regional schools.
Accreditation of a graduate program in applied psychology insures that the program provides training in both the science and practice of psychology that meets the highest national standards. The University’s Master of Science program in Applied Psychology is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). MPCAC is affiliated with both the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (CAMPP) and the North American Association of Masters in Psychology (NAMP).
The School Psychology option is approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education to train School Psychologists (Level II certificate), is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and is nationally recognized by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the specialist level.
The M.S. in Applied Psychology, Clinical/Counseling is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April, 2018 through April, 2028.
The FMU Department of Psychology’s Specialist in School Psychology is approved by NASP.
The FMU Department of Psychology’s Master of Applied Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis is approved by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board).