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

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Mississippi College
200 South Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39058
The Mississippi College has a number of options available for those who wish to achieve a degree in psychology and counseling. Firstly, they have undergraduate degrees at BA or BS level. Next, they have a range of different Master's options, being the Master of Education in School Counseling, MS in Addiction Counseling, the MS in Mental Health Counseling and the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling. Additionally, you can work towards an Education Specialist Degree, or you can take part in the Doctor of Professional Counseling program. All of these degrees are designed to make you a true expert in your field. [full profile]
Masters in Mental Health Counseling Master's Campus
(Ed.S) degree and the Doctor of Professional Counseling (DPC) PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
The psychology programs at the University of Southern Mississippi are ranked among the top 20 for research productivity among journals in the field, and require students to complete an advanced and thorough selection of coursework in social, cognitive, biological and psychological behaviors. This training for the doctoral program will include intervention techniques, research methods, counseling psychology, vocational and multicultural psychology. Special courses in anger management, motivational interviewing, parenting techniques and career counseling are also available. This is a full-time program that doesn't allow any online or part-time study options, and includes a practicum portion to provide hands on clinical training in the selected field of study. [full profile]
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Doctor of Psychology - Evaluation PhD/Doctorate Campus
Research & Measurement PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus

Mississippi Psychology Requirements

In Mississippi, there are reasonable job opportunities for psychologists. Those who want to learn to become a psychologist and practice in that field in Mississippi can enjoy a very interesting salary. Additionally, there are various very appealing opportunities. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, job opportunities will grow by 8.1% between now and 2018.

Before becoming a psychologist in Mississippi, however, you must meet all the different requirements. These exist in terms of your education, your work experience and passing a relevant examination. These requirements are in place in order to make sure that only those who have proper preparation for the job are able to take on these positions and handle the various responsibilities and stresses encountered in this type of work. The requirements are very strict and they are in place to make sure psychologists are properly licensed and able to make a difference in the lives of Mississippians.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Mississippi

In order to become a licensed psychologist in the state of Mississippi, you must complete a degree at the doctorate level. This program must be accredited by a body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If not recognized, it may also be authorized by Provincial statute or Royal Charger to provide doctoral degrees. Those who want to become school psychologists are exempted from the doctoral rule. School psychologists must graduate from a program that is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Nevertheless, they do have to meet all the other relevant requirements.

Doctoral programs take between two and four years to finish depending on past education. Those who have only completed a bachelor's degree will take at least four years, whereas those with a master's degree may complete it in just two years. A bachelor's degree generally takes four years to finish, and a master's degree will require a further two years. The exact program also leads to variation in completion time. Almost all programs include either a supervised residency or an internship. The experienced gained here will count as work experience on your resume as well.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Mississippi

Mississippi also requires psychologists to undergo a supervised professional experience. Without this, they will not be granted a license. This experience must be at least two years in length, which equates to 2,000 hours per year. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required. The experience can be gained in a variety of different fields, including training, direct service or supervisory time. Additionally, one year of this supervised professional experience can be an internship that is included in the doctoral program. However, the subsequent year must be gained after completion of the doctoral degree. The Mississippi Psychology Board has further information on these requirements.

Mississippi Psychologist Licensure Examinations

As in most states, Mississippi only licenses psychologists who have passed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). This examination consists of 225 different multiple choice questions. The test is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This test requires a fee of $600, although this amount can change on a yearly basis. Various locations across the country offer the examination. You have to obtain approval from the Board before you can take the exam.

The Career of a Psychologist in Mississippi

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently around 840 psychologists in Mississippi in the field of clinical, counseling and school psychology as of May 2013. Their average annual salary currently stands at $53,210, meaning that half earn less than that, and half earn more. There are also great variations depending on which area of psychology someone works in. As such:

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earn an average of $53,210 per year, up by 2.3% since the last count. The workforce has grown by 15.2% since the last count.
  • Industrial and organizational psychologists earn an average annual salary of $67,460, up by 6.5% since the last count, with jobs having grown by 21.6%
  • All other psychologists have an average annual salary of $66,460, up by 1.7%. This field has grown by 2.1% since the last count.

This demonstrates that, as in many other states, the field of industrial and organizational psychology in Mississippi is the most interesting to get involved in.

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