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

Program Type Format
Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
At Clemson University, you can currently follow an MS in Applied Psychology. When taking part in the degree, you will have to focus either on human factors psychology, or industrial/organizational psychology. The programs are designed to teach you about the various quantitative techniques, research designs and theoretical foundations required to be employed in the psychological field, or to continue towards a doctoral degree. In order to complete the MS, you will need to take part in a supervised field internship, and you will have to do a formal thesis as well. The internship is generally a summer placement after your first year of study. [full profile]
Master of Science (MS) Applied Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Francis Marion University
4822 East Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29506
At Francis Marion University, you can study towards two distinct graduate psychology programs. The first is an MS in Applied Psychology, which is strongly based on research and data collection and analysis. The second is the specialist in school psychology, perfect for those who wish to make a meaningful difference to the minds of young people in particular, helping them to achieve their full educational potential. Francis Marion University is a liberal arts institution, which means that they are people and community centered. This also means that you will receive a lot of personal support and attention as a student. [full profile]
Masters of Science in Applied Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Political Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology Master's Campus
Doctorate of Applied Social Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate of Clinicial Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate of Cognitive Neuroscience PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of South Carolina
Columbia-Campus, Columbia, SC 29208
The University of South Carolina offers five very specific programs in the field of psychology, which are the clinical community program, the experimental program, the training in quantitative psychology, the behavioral biomedical interface program and the school program. The university prides itself on its long history of creating true experts in a variety of fields and they expect their students to work very hard towards achieving that. However, they do offer a fully supportive program, meaning you will be helped towards achieving all your learning goals with the help of college professors. As such, you will be pushed towards your academic limits. [full profile]
Master in Clinical-Community Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in School Psychology - Masters in Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of South Carolina-Aiken
471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801
The University of South Carolina-Aiken offers a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology (CAMPP). Graduate study in this program provides hands on experience in both counseling and clinical studies to build a strong starting point for students aiming toward continuing their education through a doctoral program. Throughout this program students will come to know and understand both theoretical and practical elements of psychology and how both can be applied to future careers in their chosen field. They will be expected to develop skills that will evolve into strategies and procedures that range from the assessment to intervention level of practice. [full profile]
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Master's in Psychology Master's Campus

Psychology Education In South Carolina

South Carolina is a beautiful and historical state and has some of our country's most gorgeous beaches. It also offers a great job market for psychologists, with strong growth expected just as in most parts of the country. As a result, you can expect a competitive salary and interesting benefits as well.

Psychologists have hugely important jobs. Their role is to make sure that people are able to maintain good mental health, which contributes to their overall quality of life and well being. They do this by assessing, diagnosing and treating their patients. They also monitor progress and make adjustments to treatment as and when required. Essentially, they are vital in terms of ensuring their patients can live a happy, healthy life. This is a big responsibility that the state of South Carolina takes very seriously. As a result, they have set a number of stringent requirements in place in terms of education, experience and examination.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in South Carolina

To become a psychologist in South Carolina, you must hold a doctorate degree in psychology. This must be obtained from an institution that is regionally accredited. Furthermore, it must have taken at least three years full time study to complete the doctoral program, without counting an internship.

In order to get to this point, however, you will first need to complete a four year bachelor's degree, followed by a two year master's degree. You will then have to decide whether you want to complete a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. and there are significant differences between the two. The Ph.D. takes much longer to complete due to the requirement of an original research thesis. Additionally, the jobs you will be able to get will vary.

The only exception to the doctorate rule is for school psychologists. To be a school psychologist, you must complete a master's degree in that field. Additionally, you must complete an advanced program in school psychology, which is approved by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in South Carolina

The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology has also determined that in order to become licensed in South Carolina, you must have also completed 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience. This equates to two years and you must, in each year, spend time in training and supervision, as well as in delivering direct services. One of these two years can be completed during internship or residency, but the other year must be completed after your doctoral degree.

South Carolina Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Once you have met all these requirements, the final step is to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This test consists of 225 multiple choice questions and covers the eight core areas 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

You must answer at least 70% correctly in order to be awarded a pass rate. At present, the test costs $600, although this is subject to change.

The Career of a Psychologist in South Carolina

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that there were some 1,070 psychologists employed in South Carolina as of May 2014. These have been subdivided into the following two categories:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $54,160 per year, which was a rise of 2.8% since the last count. This part of the industry had grown by 8.9%.
• All other psychologists earned an average of $85,420 per year, which was a growth of 1.8% since the last count. This was not growth in employment for this category.

It is important to understand that an average salary means half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, whereas the other half earn more. Additionally, there are a number of factors of importance in determining a salary. Firstly, where someone works and how long they have worked in the field make a salary vary.

Most importantly, however, is whether you have completed a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. With a Ph.D., you will most likely be involved in research, driving change in knowledge and treatment within the field of psychology. Alternatively, you could work as a lecturer, training the next generation of psychologists. With a Psy.D., you will work in clinical settings, delivering direct care to patients who have mental health issues.

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