Becoming a Clinical Psychologist in Georgia
Find Programs for Clinical Psychology Degrees in Georgia
The US News and World Report lists rankings of the top clinical psych programs, and Georgia boasts one of the country’s top-rated graduate programs in clinical psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, as well as the highly-rated University of Georgia in Athens.
OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com is a comprehensive resource that shows schools in your area, with this page focusing on graduate clinical psychology degrees. Our directory of schools in Georgia makes it easy to request information from the schools that interest you the most. Get started by reviewing our directory of featured accredited colleges below.
Clinical Psychology Education in Georgia
Clinical Psychology Schools in Georgia
|University of Georgia Athens||Ph.D.||Athens|
|Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University||Ph.D.||Atlanta|
|Georgia State University||Ph.D. with specializations in Clinical (CLG), Clinical-Community dual-enrollment (CLC), and Clinical-NBN dual-enrollment (CLN)||Atlanta|
Students hoping to enter the field of clinical psychology typically earn their master’s in clinical psych before moving on to their Ph.D. or Psy.D., although pursuing a master’s before a doctoral degree isn’t necessary. Some programs give students the option of earning a non-terminal master’s while working on their doctoral degree.
Students who choose to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology will enroll in doctoral programs that prepare them for jobs in research and education as well as psychological assessment and treatment. Psy.D. programs, on the other hand, center on the development of clinical practitioners prepared to offer therapeutic services. Psy.D. graduates also enter their fields with strong backgrounds in the science of psychology.
Scholarships for Clinical Psychology in Georgia
Some programs in Georgia offer funding to their clinical psychology Ph.D. students in the form of fellowships, teaching positions, and stipends. This is true both at public and private universities. Some programs do not guarantee full funding to their students, but, like UGA, do provide many sources of funding through fellowships, teaching positions, and grants.
In general, earning a Psy.D. is more costly than a Ph.D. To ease the financial burden Psy.D. degrees places on students, we suggest searching the APA’s database of scholarships, most of which are not location specific and take the form of fellowships, grants, and other awards.
The Georgia Board of Psychology requires a number of requirements for applicants to obtain a professional psychology license. All applicants for the license must have:
- Earned a doctorate degree in psychology from an accredited college.
- Completed 1,500 hours of post-doctorate supervised work experience (SWE) related to their academic program specialty area. Each applicant is required to complete a contract with her supervisor and submit it to the state psychology board. These hours must be completed no less than 11 months and not more than 24 months after the contract is signed.
- Passed the national licensing EEEP Exam.
- Passed the Georgia Jurisprudence Exam.
- Passed an oral exam.
2017 Career Outlook
Upon the completion of your Ph.D. or Psy.D. and the conferment of your professional license, you will join the growing number of clinical psychologists practicing in the state of Georgia. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most recent report, Georgia’s psychologists make an average salary of $82,380, higher than the national annual average salary of $75,230 (BLS, 2017). As demand for clinical psychologists continues to increase, the BLS projects that the employment rate of psychologists will increase by 19 percent through 2024.
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