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Jackson State University

jackson-state-universityJackson State University Psychology and Counseling Programs

Jackson State University offers two different psychology programs. The first is a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology designed for students who want to study psychology at the graduate or doctoral level later. Students will take both psychology and science courses in all four years of the program, including Psychology of Adjustment, Behavior Modification and General Biology. The university allows students to do an independent research project and/or an internship for credit too.

Its Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program has accreditation from the APA and requires that students do five years of work beyond the bachelor's level. All students must agree to take classes on campus. Students will need to do multiple internships and externships to gain experience working with patients in clinical settings, which will help them get their licenses once they graduate. This program also includes required courses like Advanced Developmental Psychology, Social & Cognitive Bases of Behavior and Behavior Therapy. Students must also do a dissertation before they can graduate.

The College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State offers some counseling programs for students such as a Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in School Psychology. Designed for those who want to work with students facing issues at home and at school, this program includes an internship that requires students do some fieldwork. It also features a number of classes that include Introduction to Counseling, Theories of the Helping Relationship, Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling and Counseling Assessment and Evaluation.

Students can also earn a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through JSU and become a licensed counselor later. The program features a counseling internship that requires students do 600 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork. Students will also take 60 credits of classes, including Introduction to Professional Counseling, Dynamics of Group Process and Marriage and Family Counseling.

A similar program available through the university that includes a fieldwork component is its Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Students in this program take classes like Vocational Appraisal, Case Management in Rehab and Community Resources. The program includes a 100-hour practicum and two internships that require students do a total of 600 hours of fieldwork. Jackson State University also offers a few Specialist in Education programs, including some online programs, with a concentration in school counseling.

About Jackson State University

Jackson State University is one of the only historically all-black colleges in Mississippi. Established in 1877 as the Natchez Seminary, it also served as Jackson College and Jackson State College before receiving university status. More than 90% of the students attending JSU today are African American, but its student body also includes a small number of white students and interracial students. Some of the buildings on its campus are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Washington Monthly ranks JSU within the top 40 of all colleges in the United States, and Forbes also included the university on its own list of the nation's top schools. It also ranks among the top colleges for students interested in biology, physical science, and education, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Jackson State University has a total enrollment across all programs of more than 9,800 students.

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Jackson State University Accreditation Details

As the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) granted regional accreditation to JSU, it has the right to offer degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Students can also apply for financial aid and use any federal aid or state aid granted to them. The university has specialty accreditation for its counseling and psychology programs from organizations like the APA.

Jackson State University Application Requirements

Jackson State has different application requirements in place for each type of student. Undergrads must complete and submit the JSU online application, which allows them to create their own accounts to use on the admissions website. They must also submit an official high school transcript that shows the classes taken and grades received over the course of the last six semesters. It should also show that students followed a college prep curriculum. The university also asks for an official ACT or SAT score and immunization records from each prospective student.

Those applying to one of the JSU graduate programs must also fill out an online application. They need to submit an official transcript that shows the student either has a bachelor's degree or will have one in the near future. The transcript must also show that the student maintained a 3.0 grade point average as an undergrad. Students living outside of Mississippi need to pay a $25 application fee too. Some programs may ask for a writing sample, resume and/or letters of recommendation.

The Ph.D.in Clinical Psychology program has its own application and some different requirements. Prospective students must submit a deadline by or before the January 15 deadline. Reviewers working for the university will go over the applications and determine which students are worthy of an admissions interview. Students may go through two different interviews before learning if the university accepted them. The university may accept students outright or put them on a waiting list.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending JSU starts at $313 per credit hour for undergrads enrolled on a part-time basis. Those taking 12 or more credit hours pay a flat rate of $3,750.50 per semester, which lets them take up to 19 credits. The cost for graduate and doctoral students is around $417 per credit hour. Full-time students can take between nine and 13 credit hours of work and pay only $3,750.50 per semester. JSU increases the cost for nonresidents to $446 per credit hour for undergrads and $595 per credit hour for graduate students. Nonresidents include any student who did not live in Mississippi for at least 12 months before enrolling.

JSU students can apply for financial aid and receive money they can use for room and board, tuition and any other costs. As soon as the university receives the FAFSA that an applicant filed, it will create a financial aid based on the overall need that the individual has. Financial aid packages vary based on the need a student demonstrates. It may include loans, grants, scholarships and acceptance to its work-study program. Students can also look at loans for their parents and alternative loans.

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