School of Psychology
School of Psychology
Dear Prospective Student:
We hope you may consider the opportunities for graduate study in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. We offer both a doctoral and a terminal master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. The doctoral program was recently ranked the #1 program in the country by www.counselingpsychology.org based on our 100% pass rate on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology used for licensure.
The doctoral program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979. Over the past 9 years, our pre-doctoral internship match rate has been approximately 96%, with virtually 100% of matched applicants being matched with their top two preferred internship sites.
We subscribe to a scientist-practitioner model of training which emphasizes scientifically grounded practice. As such, most of our faculty conduct applied research. Research experiences in the program and department are plentiful. Research teams focusing on college student drinking, positive parenting, aggressive behavior, vocational counseling, criminal thinking and ethnic/racial health disparities provide an important platform for gaining sound research skills and for receiving supportive and engaged research mentoring. Research collaboration among students and faculty is highly valued, and students and faculty regularly publish and present their work at local and national conferences.
We offer several unique training opportunities to graduate students.
The doctoral program is cohort-based and applications are accepted once annually (December 1 deadline doctoral program) for Fall admission. Admission to our programs is competitive: we accept about 5 doctoral students out of approximately 80 applications each year. Financial assistance is available for students and includes a monthly stipend and tuition-waiver.
We hope you take some time to explore our website and learn more about our top-ranked programs. Hattiesburg has recently been named one of the nation’s best campus towns (http://livability.com/best-places/top-10/best-college-towns/10-best-college-towns--/2014 ). The city of Hattiesburg has a lot to offer (http://www.hattiesburg.org/ ) and is within a few hours of the Gulf Coast beaches and New Orleans. Housing is very affordable and we enjoy warm winters and a pleasant Spring and Fall season.
The decision to pursue graduate training is a difficult one. You are encouraged to explore our website and may also seek additional information from the American Psychological Association, APA Graduate Student Organization, and the Society of Counseling Psychology for more information about psychology, graduate school, and the field of counseling psychology. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about our program.
Melanie Leuty, Ph.D.
Director of Training
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program