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The following is a list of Masters in Psychology programs throughout Georgia. 

Program Type Format
Emory University
408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
Emory University's Department of Psychology has three different programs available for graduates, these are Clinical, Cognition and Development and Neuroscience and Animal Behavior. To study at a Doctoral level students will first need to achieve a Masters Degree after which they will need to take a qualifying exam and then begin research into a specialized dissertation which will eventually lead to a Doctoral Degree. The whole program lasts between five and seven years on a full time basis and is a perfect match for those looking for a successful research based career with a strong background in competent Clinical Psychology practice. [full profile]
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinicial Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition and Development PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior PhD/Doctorate Campus
Masters Degree in Community Psychology Master's Campus
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
225 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30332-0530
The Georgia Institute of Technology currently offers various pathways within the field of psychology, including some at undergraduate level. At graduate level, you can study either towards an MS or towards a Doctor of Philosophy in one of five specialized areas. These are cognitive aging, cognition and brain science, industrial/organizational psychology, engineering psychology and quantitative psychology. The emphasis is placed strongly on quantitative skills and you will have to take part in rigorous methodological and theoretical foundations of psychology. As such, you will have to take part both in classroom based studies and various research projects, supported by a mentor. [full profile]
Master of Science Engineering Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science Quantitative Psychology Master's Campus
Doctor of Philosophy Engineering Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy Quantitative Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master's Online
Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology Master's Online
Master of Science in Addiction Counseling Master's Online
Master of Science in Christian Counseling Master's Online
Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders Master's Online
Master of Science in Professional Counseling Master's Online
Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master's Online
Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health PhD/Doctorate Online
Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction PhD/Doctorate Online
Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology PhD/Doctorate Online
Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology PhD/Doctorate Online
Learning PhD/Doctorate Online
and Psychology PhD/Doctorate Online
Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology PhD/Doctorate Online
Georgia State University
33 gilmer st, Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
The Georgia State University's Psychology Department plays home to 41 distinguished faculty members as well as 9 appointees ready to help students achieve their educational and professional goals. Similar to other University programs, the MA program at GSU provides training in general sciences, research methodology, and assists students in performing crucial roles throughout their community. Georgia State also provides unique program options unlike alternative institutes such as offering more than 2000 different psychology majors, and supplying undergraduate degrees in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science program to more than 300 students each year. Graduates from Georgia State go on to lead successful lives within the Psychological community. [full profile]
PhD in Psychology - Clinical PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Psychology - Cognitive Sciences PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Psychology - Community Developmental PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Psychology - Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience PhD/Doctorate Campus
Masterof Science Psychology Master's Campus
University of Georgia
Administration Building, Athens, GA 30602
The University of Georgia offers a range of different psychology graduate programs. Indeed, they have four different areas of focus, being the behavioral and brain sciences, clinical psychology, industrial and organizational psychology and, finally, the MA in I/O Psychology. Additionally, they also offer a Ph.D. program in interdisciplinary neurosciences. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the fact that the university's students are regularly recognized on a national level for their dedication and hard work. Not only are various students regularly recognized, professors have been similarly awarded for their dedication to deliver top quality education to their students. [full profile]
PhD. Interdisiplinary Neuroscience PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Masters in Psychology Master's Campus
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple St, Carrollton, GA 30118-0001
The University of West Georgia offers a full range of psychology programs that reflect the depth of the spectrum that is psychology. The degrees you can choose from include the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts, the graduate Master of Arts and the Ph.D. programs. There are two Ph.D. programs, one being the consciousness and society option and the integrative health studies certificate. The mission of the University of West Georgia is to ensure you are able to reach your full educational and academic potential, while at the same time offering you personal attention in a supportive and pleasant environment. [full profile]
Masters in Psychology Master's Online
PhD in Psychology - Consciousness and Society PhD/Doctorate Online
Individual PhD/Doctorate Online
Organizational PhD/Doctorate Online
& Community Transformation Psy.D. PhD/Doctorate Online
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31698
Valdosta State University requires a grade point average between 2.5 and 3.00, although this is a competitive field of study and most students who are accepted have a 3.0 of higher. Throughout the program students are required to enroll in certain courses to lay the groundwork for success in their chosen field. These courses include Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, and certain Experimental courses designed to give hands on experience in future professions. Students who graduate from Valdosta may qualify for licensure depending on the degree that is acquired. Most Master's programs don't fulfill the requirements necessary to write licensing exams. Doctoral programs, however, are gateways into licensed clinical and counseling professions. [full profile]
Masters in Psychology Master's Campus
Doctorate in Behavior Analysis PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus

Psychology Education In Georgia

In Georgia, all psychologists have to hold a doctorate degree in psychology. This must be obtained from a school that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or another accepted institution. Although a doctorate in psychology is preferred, it can also be in a closely related field such as counseling psychology or educational psychology.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Georgia

To obtain a doctorate degree, you must first complete a four year bachelor's degree, followed by a two year master's degree. After this, you will have to choose between completing a Ph.D. and a Psy.D., and there are some fundamental differences between the two. The biggest effects of the difference between two degrees are in the length of time it takes to complete and the job you can do afterwards. A Psy.D. takes around two years to finish and it will allow you to work directly with patients, offering mental health care to those who need it. A Ph.D. requires you to complete and defend an original research thesis, and this means that you will generally take at least four years to complete it. As a result, funding and grants for Ph.D.s also tend to be higher. Once graduated, you can choose to work in direct patient care, but most students opt to work in research, or to become lecturers in the field of psychology instead.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Georgia

When you study towards your doctorate degree, you will need to complete an internship that meets all the necessary standards as set by the APA or by the Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Once you complete your doctorate degree, whether Psy.D. or Ph.D., you will also need to take part in further supervised work experience. This must be for a total of 1,500 hours above and beyond the internship hours. 500 of those hours must be completed doing work that involves direct contact with clients. Additionally, all hours must be fully supervised by a licensed psychologist.

Georgia Psychologist Licensure Examinations

After graduation and after you have completed your supervised working experience, you will be ready to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is a national test administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This is a national test that is administered across the country at a current cost of $600 (subject to change). The examination includes 225 multiple choice questions, covering the following eight core elements of psychology:

• Biological Bases of Behavior
• Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
• Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
• Growth and Lifespan Development
• Assessment and Diagnosis
• Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision
• Research Methods and Statistics
• Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

Instructions are available here.

The Career of a Psychologist in Georgia

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are some 2,550 psychologists employed in the state of Georgia as of May 2014. The BLS has reported significant differences in their earnings. As such:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earn an average of $72,470 per year. This is a rise of 4.8% since the last count. The field itself is showing a growth of 15.5%.
• All other psychologists earn an average of $81,960, which is a rise of 1.9%. The field is experiencing a growth of 0.9%.

Georgia is seeing a growth in psychologists, therefore, but not as rapid as in other states. As with many other states, the BLS has not yet done a separate count for industrial organizational psychologists. This is an emerging field in psychology and is seeing significant growth. In other states, however, this is reflected in the category of "all other psychologist", where average growth is often well above 15%. This is not the case in Georgia, and it is not entirely clear why the state has not caught on yet.

Overall, however, Georgia is a great place to work as a psychologist. Average salaries are significant, which is certainly attractive. Additionally, it is important to remember that an average salary means that half of all psychologists actually earn more than that amount. Those with the highest levels of education and the most experience tend to earn the most as well overall.

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