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

Program Type Format
East Carolina University
East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
East Carolina University boasts of a highly successful Department of Psychology committed to unique undergraduate and graduate level learning. The skills gained through these programs will influence students to commit to a specialized field of psychology with the intention of turning these skills into a profession, or continuing the education process through pursuing a doctoral degree. ECU offers Master's degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology as well as a Ph.D. program in the field of Health Psychology with three areas of expertise to be studied in clinical health, occupational health and pediatric school psychology. Students are expected to graduate with a firm grasp of theoretical and practical knowledge gained through studies, research, and hands on experience. [full profile]
Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Masters/CAS School Psychology - Clinical Health Psychology - Health Psychology - Pediatric School Psychology Master's Campus
Master in Clinical Psychology (MS) Master's Campus
Masters in Mental Health Counseling (MS) Master's Campus
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298
Fayetteville State University offers graduate programs through the Department of Psychology that lead to an MA in two different course tracks. Students choose programs in either counseling psychology which requires 60 credit hours or experimental psychology which requires 36 credit hours. FSU has designed a highly concentrated counseling program that promotes awareness, and knowledge in eight areas of psychology including social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, professional identity, career development, group work, assessment, research and program evaluation, and helping relationships. A practicum period is required to equip graduates to succeed in their licensing and future careers in the industry. Experimental psychology utilizes research factual data, statistics, and research methods to develop a specialized concentration that includes subjects like bio-psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, social psychology and more. [full profile]
Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology Bachelor's Online
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of psychology. In the undergraduate department there are two degrees available; a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science, both with the ability of a major in psychology and a minor in another focus such as cognitive science. The subject matter covered in this course is designed to prepare students for a future career in applied psychology in such professions as medicine, education, business, or law, although there's a vast market for this knowledge and other job opportunities are possible. The Ph.D. program was created to arm students with the information necessary to become active members of the psychological society through research, education, clinical practice, and public services. [full profile]
Masters of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in Health Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Psychology Health PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Organizational Science PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Developmental Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Social-Personality Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers an MA in psychology. The course is currently under revision, meaning that there will no longer be any clinical training in this field. The university has a strong focus on liberal arts and sciences, which means they dedicate themselves to improving people's lives on an individual and community level. However, the degree prepares you just as much for work within the business field. Additionally, you will be trained in conducting statistical research, allowing you to use data to improve lives or fields of work. The program has received numerous awards for its excellence. [full profile]
Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Online
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Online
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1400 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, you can study towards a Ph.D. in Psychology. The degree includes an MA in Psychology with a specific focus on general experimental psychology. They do not offer a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, however. The programs are incredibly intensive and require you to be fully committed to your learning journey. The focus of the university is to make sure that all its students are challenged to their full potential. To achieve this, they offer world class research facilities. Additionally, there is a very strong focus on serving the community as a whole. [full profile]
Master of Artsin General Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Sciences (MS) psychology in public Master's Campus
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
The University Of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Psychology offers a basic applied approach to teaching. Applicants are able to apply for undergraduate and graduate programs that are firmly based on research and tactile approaches to Psychology. Students at UNCW are required to work with a faculty member in an investigation of subjects such as substance abuse, cognitive aging, traumatic brain injuries, brain processes, developmental disabilities and mental illness, as well as a wide variety of other psychology related topics. The Master's program at UNCW centers around three concentrations, each emphasizing a different set of principles that forms the substructure of all studies of psychology; general psychology, substance abusive treatment, and applied behavior analysis. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Substance Abuse Treatment Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Master's Campus
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106
Wake Forest University offers an MA in Psychology, which is a great degree if you wish to work as a psychologist in the community, or if you wish to continue on to a Ph.D. in the same field. The MA focuses strongly on research, teaching you how to collect and analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions from this. As such, taking part directly in research is one of the main elements of the degree, together with seminars in small classes, where you will receive full support from teaching staff. Indeed, the faculty ratio is 2:1, which demonstrates just how much individual attention you will receive. [full profile]
Masters in General Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology PhD in Community Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Western Carolina University
Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
The Psychology Graduate Degree at Western Carolina University offers a Master of Arts in General Psychology covering one of the two tracks available, Clinical and Experimental Psychology. The aim of the Clinical track is to make sure students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to go on and study for a Doctoral Degree, however should they not wish to do so, successful completion of the program will enable them to obtain a license to practice as a Psychology Associate in the state of North Carolina. They will also become eligible to apply for a nationally recognized license in Psychological Association. [full profile]
Master of Arts in General Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Educational Psychology Master's Campus
PhD in School Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
PhD in Educational Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus

North Carolina Psychology Requirements

North Carolina is a very interesting state to work in as a psychologist. Demand is high and this brings with it interesting pay and various additional benefits. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has stated that there is an expected growth of 16.6% in demand for psychologists between 2010 and 2020.

The state recognizes just how vital the work of psychologists is to the mental health of North Carolina residents. Their role is to give the right type of mental health advice and treatment. In order to be able to do this properly, North Carolina has put a number of stringent requirements in place for its psychology professionals. They must have a certain degree of education and experience, as well as passing an exam. Aspiring professionals cannot call themselves "psychologists" until they have met all these requirements.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina

North Carolina is no different from most states in as such that it requires a doctorate degree for someone to practice in the field of psychology. Additionally, the program has to be accredited by the American Psychological Association. In addition, it has to meet the various requirements set by the Occupational Licensing Boards and Commissions.

The exception to this rule is for school psychologists. They are not required to have a doctorate degree, although they do have to complete a program that is accredited by APA or the National Association of School Psychologists. Additionally, they must pass the PRAXIS II examination and complete a 1,200 hour internship.

It is recommended that candidates must first complete a four year bachelor's degree, followed by a two year master's degree. When following this pathway, they can obtain a doctorate degree in just two years. Without the master's degree, completing a doctorate will take four years. The North Carolina Psychological Association has a complete list of educational programs in the state.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in North Carolina

North Carolina requires psychologists to complete a supervised professional experience. This must be at least 2 years in length and constitutes of at least 3,000 practical hours. One of those years can be completed through an internship or supervised experience during the doctorate degree, but the other year must be completed after this degree. The practice must be accepted by the North Carolina Psychology Board and has to meet the established professional standards, reflecting the skills and knowledge expected of someone with a doctorate degree.

North Carolina Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Psychologists in North Carolina must also pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) that is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This test consists of 225 multiple choice questions, 175 of which are marked. It costs $600 at present to take the test and applicants have 3 hours and 20 minutes in order to complete it.

Additionally, prospective psychologists must pass the State Examination. This has a strong focus on the legalities that exist within North Carolina. This includes ethics laws and statutes. This test is offered in a variety of PSI centers and is made up of 50 multiple choice questions.

The Career of a Psychologist in North Carolina

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 2,000 psychologists employed in the state as of May 2013. Their salaries varied depending on their area of specialization, as did growth in salary and job demand. As such:

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average annual salary of $63,710, up by 3.8%. Job growth since 2011 stood at 6.8%.
  • Industrial organizational psychologists had an average annual salary of $66,940, up by 10.9%. Job growth stood at 42%.
  • All other psychologists earned an average annual salary of $87,130, a growth of 1.2%. Job growth was 0.3%.

It is important to understand that an average salary means that half of all psychologists earn less than that, whereas the other half earn more. As in other states, the most significant growth in salary and job outlook is experienced in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. This particular field is set to grow even more significantly over the next few years and it is one of the most popular areas for graduates to become involved in after doctorate graduation.

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