USC Aiken Psychology Master's Degree Re-Accredited
November 06, 2014
Aiken, SC – The University of South Carolina Aiken Psychology Department Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology graduate program has received re-accreditation from the its national accreditation body the MPCAC – Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council. The Council reaffirmed the program for its maximum 10 year period. This is the only national accreditation council to review Master's degree programs in Psychology, and USC Aiken's program is one of only 22 accredited programs nationally.
The MPCAC accreditation report identified many strengths of the USC Aiken program, including:
- Excellent program with strong applied training
- Hard working, available, collegial faculty
- Well respected by administrators and employers/supervisors
- Strong employability of graduates
- Large amount of high caliber clinical experience
- Paid clinical assistantships offer extraordinary benefit for students, from both financial and training aspects, and provide service to the community
- Strong assessment courses
- Thesis requirement ensures research experience and good student work ethic
"I was very pleased to receive notification of our reaffirmation of MPCAC accreditation for the maximum ten-year period, one of only 22 universities nationally to receive such accreditation,” says Dr. Ed Callen, Psychology Department Chair. “This external validation of our high quality Psychology Master's Degree program is testament to the outstanding work that the Psychology faculty do with our students in their classes and clinical supervision as we train mental health practitioners. I am extremely aware of the enormous dedication, commitment, time, and energy the psychology faculty devote to our graduate student success, and am glad to see that their efforts have been reinforced with this positive review and re-accreditation."
USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.