Students may apply to the graduate program at FMU as either graduate degree students or as graduate non-degree students. They must be accepted and enrolled in the program prior to registering for classes. Graduate degree students are accepted into either the Clinical/Counseling Psychology Option or the School Psychology Option. Graduate non-degree students are typically professionals who are already practicing in the field and need additional coursework for professional development, certification, or licensure.

Graduate Degree Programs:

•   Students who successfully complete the Clinical/Counseling Psychology Option will earn the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Applied Psychology, Clinical Counseling Psychology Option.
•   Students who successfully complete the School Psychology Option will earn the Specialist in School Psychology (S.S.P.) degree. First, school psychology students must complete the M.S. course of study. After successful completion of the M.S. program, they will be admitted to the S.S.P. program only upon approval by school psychology faculty. Approval is based upon performance in the M.S. program. Applicants who previously have obtained a master’s degree in school psychology or a closely related field from another university and wish to improve their training to the specialist level may apply to the SSP degree program.

Note: Applicants to the S.S.P. program who have earned a master’s degree from another institution’s program must submit all materials required of students applying for graduate degree status, outlined below. Additionally, applicants with a master’s degree from another institution who are accepted into the S.S.P. program may have additional coursework or practica to be completed. Students who have already completed the school psychology option at FMU and who have received SC certification at the level of School Psychologist II or who have obtained NASP NCSP status may not apply for the S.S.P. program.

Non-Degree Status:

•   Graduate non-degree students in psychology do not seek a graduate degree at Francis Marion University but typically already possess a graduate degree and wish to take a specific course or courses only for professional growth, certification upgrade, or recertification/license renewal.


Because admission to the graduate program at FMU is competitive, faculty members must evaluate all applicants according to their potential for success in graduate study.  Psychological training is an intensive process requiring many resources, and the psychology department wishes to invest those resources wisely.  Therefore, to be considered for admission as a graduate degree student, all applicants must complete the following steps:

1.   Submit a graduate application for admission and pay the non-refundable graduate application fee.

2.   Submit official transcript(s) of ALL undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution as evidenced by the official transcript(s). It is recommended that applicants have a 3.0 or higher grade point average in all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed at the time of application. Transcripts also are examined for relevance of undergraduate preparation for graduate education in psychology. All applicants must have completed an introductory or general psychology course, as well as a course in behavioral statistics. Note: All S.S.P. applicants with a master’s degree from another institution must document relevant master’s level training in school psychology.

3.   Submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years. Only the general test is required; the Psychology subject test is not required. We recommend GRE combined scores above 290 with a minimum of 140 on each of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections.

To successfully route your GRE scores to the FMU Department of Psychology, the appropriate reporting codes should be selected when prompted during the examination.  Have the correct reporting information readily available on your respective examination date to assist in the successful delivery of your test scores to the department.  See below for reporting codes:

All applicants must use the following code when prompted to designate the university as a test score recipient.

5442 Francis Marion University

From the following list, choose the appropriate code that corresponds with your particular program.

3406 School Psychology
2016 Psychology, General
2005 Counseling Psychology
2001 Clinical Psychology

4.   Submit two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates/supervisors who can attest to the academic potential of the applicant.  We strongly prefer letters from faculty members in academic settings.  Please use the link provided below.
Letter of Recommendation Request Form

5.   Submit a personal statement, 500 to 750 words in length, indicating one’s interests in clinical/counseling or school psychology, career goals, and reasons for seeking admission to the Master of Science in Applied Psychology and/or Specialist in School Psychology programs.
Personal Statement Form

6.  Submit a Résumé or a Curriculum vitae.
Resume/CV Submission Form

7.  Complete an in-person or Skype interview.  Interview days are February 23rd or March 2nd.  Please complete the form listed below to indicate your preferences.
Interview Preferences Form

The above materials may be submitted electronically or submitted to:

Psychology Department
Francis Marion University
Post Office Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502-0547

In addition, all applicants should complete the departmental Assistantship – Scholarship Application and submit it by the application deadline to the Psychology Department, Francis Marion University, P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502-0547.

Only complete applications are reviewed for merit by the Psychology Department faculty. Determination of merit is based upon consideration of all components of the application packet. In the admissions decision process, consideration is given to both the merit of each application received and to the number of slots available in the program at the time of application. Favorably reviewed applications are submitted to the FMU Graduate Council for review and approval. Offers for admission are given to those applicants who show the most promise of success in graduate studies.

To be guaranteed timely consideration of your application, all of the above materials should be submitted by:

Fall Admission: February 15*

Spring Admission: October 15

*Note: Applicants for the School Psychology Option are only accepted for Fall Admission.  Applications are due February 15th.  All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on March 15th.  Applicant notification regarding acceptance of admissions offer is requested by April 15th.  Students accepted into the School Psychology Option must begin their studies during the Summer II session, which begins in July.  Applicants possessing a master’s degree in school psychology and accepted directly into the SSP degree program may be accepted for either Spring Admission or Fall Admission.

Application materials received after the application deadlines may still be considered for admission if there are available positions within the program. It is the applicant’s responsibility to gather all materials to complete his/her application. Only completed applications (with all required materials) will be reviewed for possible admission.


As stated above, graduate non-degree students typically already possess a graduate degree and wish to take a specific course or courses only for professional growth, certification upgrade, or recertification/license renewal. To be considered for admission as a graduate non-degree student, one must complete the following steps:

1.   Submit a graduate application for admission and pay the non-refundable graduate application fee.
2.   Submit official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work.
3.   Provide the department with a written statement specifying the course(s) for which admission is being sought and why. Unless part of a program of study previously approved, step 3 must be repeated for each course.

If subsequently accepted into the graduate program as a degree-seeking student, a graduate non-degree student may apply toward the degree program only 12 hours of graduate work taken as a graduate non-degree student. The student’s adviser and the department chairperson must document that these hours conform to an approved sequence in the student’s designated program.