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Graduate Programs in Psychology at Georgia Southern

John D. Murray, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology Department

Two Programs

  • MS in Psychology (experimental)

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology


MS Program

  • Goal:

    • To prepare students for doctoral study in psychology

    • To train experimentalists for applied research positions


MS Program

  • Curriculum

  • Faculty

  • Placement


First Year Curriculum: MS Program

  • Fall

    • Research Seminar

    • Statistics

    • Advanced Cognitive Psychology

    • Advanced Developmental Psychology

  • Spring

    • Research Experience

    • Research Design

    • Development of an Original Research Project

Second Year Curriculum: MS Program

  • Fall

    • Advanced Learning

    • Advanced Social Psychology

    • Thesis

  • Spring

    • Advanced Directed Study

    • Thesis

    • Elective

Comprehensive Exams

  • All MS Students Take Comps in January of their SECOND year

    • Questions pertain to coursework

    • Second attempt is offered

    • Questions are graded pass/fail

    • You must pass all questions to earn your degree


  • All MS Students do a thesis

    • Proposed end of Year 1 or beginning of Year 2

    • Establish a committee of 3 faculty

    • Oral Defense


Amy Hackney, Ph.D.

Will McIntosh, Ph.D.

Mike Nielsen, Ph.D.


Larry Locker, Ph.D.

John Murray, Ph.D


Janice Steirn, Ph.D.


Janice Kennedy, Ph.D.

Rebecca Ryan, Ph.D.


Dan Webster, Ph.D.

Janie Wilson, Ph.D.


Kathy Wiegand, Ph.D.

Faculty - Experimental

Placement - Experimental

Strong Success in PhD program placement

  • Cognitive/Human Factors

    • Wright State University (Ben Simpkins)

    • University of Central Florida (Kelly Burke)

  • Social

    • Case Western Reserve (Brandon Schmieckel)

    • Virginia Commonwealth University (Kelly Taylor)

    • University of Texas, Arlington (Andria Schwegler)

    • Texas Tech University (Brandon Randolph-Seng)

Placement - Experimental

- Physiological

Purdue University (Keisha Butler)

- Industrial-Organizational

Auburn University (Robin Salter)

Applied Positions:

Charlotte, NC Public Schools (statistician)

(Alyson Cantey)

Admission: MS Program

  • Two Types of Admission

    • Regular

      • GPA of at least 3.0

      • GREs of at least 450 V and 450 Q

    • Provisional

      • GPA OR GRE requirement

      • Must maintain a B average in your first semester

      • Not eligible for graduate assistantship (until you are regular status)


All Applications must contain:

  • GRE scores sent to GSU

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Three Letters of Reference

  • Transcripts

  • DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (priority deadline)

    JULY 1 (final deadline)

Graduate Assistantships

  • Pays full tuition

  • Pays stipend (currently, $2750 per semester)

  • Requires 20 hours of work per week

  • Psychology Department offers several GAs per year (there are others in different parts of the university)


Psy D in Clinical Psychology

  • Model/Goals

  • Curriculum

  • Faculty

  • Accreditation

  • Admission


Psy D in Clinical Psychology

  • Model/Goals

    • to train doctoral-level professional psychologists to practice psychotherapy and assessment skills in the underserved rural areas of Georgia.

    • Applied, professional focus

    • Graduates will work in applied, service-oriented positions where they work directly with clients, as well as supervise and train other professionals.

Psy D Curriculum

  • program is five-years, full-time, day-time

  • requires enrollment during each summer of their time in the program

  • students spend the first four years in residence at the University and the fifth in a full-time (2000 hour) internship

  • curriculum follows the "Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology" set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Psy D Curriculum

  • Scientific Psychology Courses

    • Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Physiological/Neuro, History, Personality, Statistics, Research Design

Psy D Curriculum

  • Clinical Psychology Courses

    • Foundations of Psychotherapy I, II, III, Group Psychotherapy, Ethics, Psychopathology, Assessment I, II, III, Multicultural Psy, Child and Family Therapy, Psychopharmacology

Psy D Curriculum

  • Focus on Rural Mental Health

    • Course: The Rural South

    • Rural Practicum I, II, III

Psy D Curriculum

  • Practicum:

    • 2nd Year: Psychology Clinic

    • 3rd Year: Rural Practicum

    • 4th Year: Supervision Practicum

Psy D Curriculum

  • Comprehensive Examinations (Spring, Year 2)

    • Pass levels: doctoral, MS, termination

  • Dissertation (3rd and 4th Years)

    • Empirical or theoretical study, case study

    • Requires successful defense

  • Qualifying Exam (Spring, Year 5)

    • required to pass the national Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP),

  • Current Faculty – Clinical(Hiring 2 in 2006-07)

    • Edward Smith, Ph.D., ABPP

      • Foundations, Personality Assessment, Clinical Seminar, Skills

    • Lisa Ferdinand, Ph.D.

      • Intellectual Assessment, Child/Family, Skills, Practicum

    • James Pugh, Ph.D.

      • Ethics, Psychopathology, Group, Practicum

    Psy D: Accreditation

    • Program is brand new, and not yet accredited by APA

    • We will seek APA accreditation at the earliest opportunity (Fall, 2012)

    • We cannot guarantee that the program will be accredited

    Psy D: Admission

    • Undergraduate Prerequisites (min grade = B):

      • Intro, Stats, Research, Abnormal

      • Two additional psychology courses

    • Min GRE Scores: V, Q, & Psych: 550 each

    • Min Undergrad GPA: 3.25

    Psy D: Admission

    • 3 letters of recommendation

    • Personal statement of professional goals and a rationale for how the Psy.D. program will further the students' career objectives

    • Personal Interview may be scheduled

    Psy D: Graduate Assistantships

    • We expect to be able to offer a limited number of Doctoral-level assistantships

      • Full tuition paid

      • Stipend: $9000, plus summer $


    Application Information

    • Deadline: January 15 (PSY D)

    • March 1 (MS)

    • Apply On-Line: (website)

    • COGS website:


    I would be happy to arrange a visit for you. You could

    • Talk to current graduate students

    • Sit in on a class

    • See the campus

    • Email me:

    Thank You


    John Murray

    Chair, Dept. of Psychology

    Georgia Southern University


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