Associate Professor of Psychology, Clinical Director of the Clinical Counseling Program
- Are there any scheduled interest meetings for your program?
For questions about these meetings, please email Bryan Ayer.
- What is unique about your program and its curriculum?
Although similar to other programs in research and emphasis on clinical experience, our curriculum and education process is unique in its
- Christian integration emphasis
- Exceptionally qualified faculty
- Why would I choose this program over others?
This program is designed to meet the gold standards of counseling education and combine clinical expertise with an integrative Christian worldview. The MS in clinical counseling program believes that the ability to apply knowledge is critical to counselor effectiveness and builds assignments on the basis of application to clinical cases.
- Does your program meet licensure requirements for an LPC?
Our program’s coursework is consistent with Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) requirements in the state of South Carolina and potentially other states. However, students should contact their state’s board to be aware of any additional requirements.
- Where can students gain employment upon graduation?
LPCs are employed and provide mental healthcare in a wide variety of settings:
- Private practices
- College counseling centers
- Mental health and social service agencies
- Is this program accredited?
The MS in Clinical Counseling at Charleston Southern University is fully accredited by SACSCOC. The program is also pursuing the optional accreditation through the Council for Accreditation and Related Education Programs (CACREP) in order to join the ranks of competitive counseling programs throughout the country. CACREP accreditation is preferred for many state licensures and by many employers.
- How long does it take to complete the program?
Our program incorporates fall semesters, spring semesters and brief summer semesters. The first two years are curriculum based, and the third and final year is based on clinical experience through internship and practicum. However, students who take our part-time degree completion plan complete the program in four years.
- When are classes offered?
Classes are offered Monday through Thursday in the evenings, from 4:30-7:30, with one class each evening. Our program is designed to allow for employment and other dimensions of life.
- If accepted, when can I expect to begin classes?
Students are able to begin in any semester, Fall, Spring, or Summer.
- Is there an advantage to applying early?
We use a rolling admissions process, so applying earlier will allow you to be considered for an earlier interview date.
- Do I have to have a psychology degree to apply for the program?
Any bachelor’s degree that incorporates human services, relies on analytical and problem-solving cognitions, and relies on capable writing skills is acceptable for application. Some examples of nonpsychology degrees are sociology, Christian studies, social work, history and philosophy. This is not a definitive list.
- Will an applicant be considered if they do not meet the GPA or program requirements?
We look at every dimension of the student and each admission’s criterion. Not meeting individual requirements should not discourage applicants from applying.
- How many credits per semester must I take to be eligible for financial aid?
Our program can accommodate nine credits a semester, but contact the financial aid department for confirmation on this matter.
- Where will clinical internship and practicum occur for students?
Our program has a growing number of quality and unique internship sites that will allow our students to grow in their expertise of clinical experience.
Contact us by email or by phone at 843-863-7325.