Psychology Home at The University of West Georgia

FAQs

What are the application deadlines?

    For the Fall 2014 semester the deadline is February 17, 2014.

    For more information click here.      

 When can I register for classes?

    You can look online for 'The Scoop' on the UWG site to get the calendar, check toe Registrar calendar for registration dates, and you might want to start to check the site a week before stated registration dates, they tend to open up to 3-4 days before early registration.

    Below are links for when and how to register.

        http://www.westga.edu/registrar/463.php

        http://www.westga.edu/excel/index_15386.php

 

What is an acceptable course load?

    9 hours is considered full time and 5 hours is considered part time. The maximum load is 12 hours, without permission, and there may be other restrictions depending on a GRA position or other forms of financial aid/employment. More information can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

 

What classes are most helpful/useful to take early on in my program?

There are only two courses that are required:

Foundations in Humanistic Psychology: PSYC 6000
Human Growth and Potential: PSYC 6010

Outside of these two classes it is up to your personal interest and direction as to what other classes you may find beneficial. If you are uncertain of your direction, a class that could help you determine your path would be: Professional Orientation PSYC 5085-02. This class provides you with information on the counseling perspective, work you can do with an MA in Psychology, as well as insight into the value of pursuing a doctoral degree.

 

Why don’t I have an “advisor” and why should I have a peer mentor?

 
Your first advisor will be the Chair of the Department. However, it is encouraged that you seek out a faculty member whose interests align with your own. This way you can have the best possible guidance during your time here at West Georgia. Peer mentorship is offered as a way for incoming students to have their questions answered by those who are already in the program. It is also a great way to be introduced to the community within the department and also a fast way to make friends.

 

Can I finish in five years or less going part-time?

This will depend upon many variables. If you are receiving financial aid, a graduate student must take at least 5 hours a semester in order to be eligible for support. There is a time limit for every student of six years to complete all coursework towards their degree. While it is feasible to finish within five years, it is strongly recommended that you consider such constraints as time and money in planning your degree.

 

What is SPARC?

SPARC is the Student Psychology Annual Research Conference, a great opportunity for psychology students to present their current research and interests to the department in a non-competitive and collaborative environment. Local businesses donate food and often local musicians may stop by to entertain guests. It is an eagerly anticipated annual event by everyone with the department.

 

What types documents are required in the application process?

You will need the following:

  1. Complete the Application (prior to deadline)
  2. Official Transcripts from undergraduate institutions.
  3. GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Score Report
  4. Three letters of recommendation (2 school, 1 job preferred) exceptions forthose out of school for 10 years or more years and possibly other conditions
  5. Personal statement--a semi-autobiographical expression of who and where you are and why you are drawn to the program, and how you and the program are a fit for one another.
  6. Photo (optional)
  7. Proof of immunization and other medical requirements

 Helpful Links:

        http://www.westga.edu/health/index_4163.php 

        http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/international-students.php

     

Where can I park?

        The campus at UWG has undergone and continues to undergo numerous changes by adding educational, residential, and cafeteria buildings, and the parking areas, codes, and locations have been modified recently. Below are a couple of links that should be updated regularly and provide the best information for your parking needs as a visitor/prospective student as well as first time student once accepted.

        http://www.westga.edu/parking/index_4289.php

         http://www.westga.edu/parking/index_10064.php 

 

What GPA and GRE scores are acceptable?

    The GPA should be a minimum of 2.5 for all undergraduate work, and for the GRE the minimum scores of 146 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative are recommended, but acceptability of GPA and GRE scores is not solely determined by standardized scores and grades, as rapport with professors/employers, life experience, as well as the interview are taken into consideration.

What  can I expect in a humanistic program?

    Our program, founded on Humanistic principles is non-traditional in many senses of the word, as it is about growth and development of the person, as s/he forms the education and life path that s/he is called to make manifest. While a part of the school system, both UWG and Georgia, holding these principles enables the professors to teach the courses of their interest and passion as well as allow communication between the students and faculty to help develop new courses that meet the needs of the students as well as as the professors. What the program lacks in rigid and sturdy scheduling of a typical program (at least for many types of courses) it makes up for with dynamic interchanges and ability for the student to explore, grow, and transform. Education is to be embodied not just encoded in the brain, and a Humanistic program such as ours allows, or perhaps even requires for the education to permeate all facets of an individual's life. Being self-motivated, expressive, and involved in the program are key aspects of being a part of the Psychology program. 

 

What are some types of financial assistance that apply to Master's students?

     There are various forms of loans, scholarships, as well as employment opportunities that can serve as financial assistance. Below are links that may prove useful:

    http://www.westga.edu/index_student_emp.php

     http://careerweb.westga.edu/     can register for access to job openings and resume building/posting

     http://www.westga.edu/psydept/index_20715.php

 

Are there any scholarships?

    There are several university scholarships that a Psychology Master's student may be eligible for as well as the Mike Arons scholarship within the department. More Information on the UWG scholarships can be found at: http://www.westga.edu/financialAid/index_2858.php

Where and how do I apply for a GRA position?

    Most of the information can easily be found on the graduate section of the website, and the application deadlines occur toward the middle of the semester prior to the the one for which the application is intended.

    Links:

        http://www.westga.edu/graposting/index_14600.php

        http://www.westga.edu/psydept/index_20715.php

 

What are the three degree tracks?

Thesis track--33 hours, write a thesis and successfully make an oral defense. This is ideal for those who wish to further their educational careers in a PhD, PsyD, etc. May take up to 9 hours outside of department.

Non-thesis track--45 hours, write a theme paper as directed by his or her committee based on personal focus. Up to 12 hours may be taken outside of the department.

Certification in Humanistic Practice (unofficial Clinical Track)--Additional interview and permission is required. 60 hours completed practicum in human services and two semesters of clinical practicum. LPC licensure from our program is possible in the state of Georgia (and potentially other states), but requires a petition process for equating courses and workload, as the counseling or counseling related courses along with practicum and necessary licensure examinations can be metm but due to the nature of our non-traditional program and the non-streamlined courseplan it requires more steps in the licensure process. The non-traditional program does however allow for a student to create his/her own path, and it is likely that the student may go above and beyond the standard(s) required.