North Carolina Master’s in Psychology Programs and Resources

The North Carolina colleges categorized below by affordability offer postgraduate psychology degree programs. There are 13 schools that provide 37 degrees.  These programs are in the areas of psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, clinical psychology, general-theoretic psychology, school psychology, human resource management, general experimental psychology, health service psychology, pediatric school psychology, occupational health psychology, health psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, quantitative psychology; applied social and community psychology; human factors and applied cognition psychology, lifespan developmental psychology; and behavioral and integrative neuroscience. The “North Carolina Psychology Resources” table highlights local psychology information. Neighboring states offering graduate psychology programs are South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.

North Carolina Masters in Psychology

North Carolina Master’s in Psychology Programs

Meredith College The MC Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology prepares students for one of the fastest growing and most lucrative subspecialties within psychology. Graduates are ready to enter the job market with a full-time internship your final semester. Learn to improve both the effectiveness of organizations and the work-life quality of employees while acquiring knowledge from a curriculum that meets or exceeds national standards set by the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
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Fayetteville State University The FSU Online Master of Arts in Psychology prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching at community colleges, business, human resource services, research and data analyses, homeland security, and doctoral degrees. All courses are delivered online through Instructure Canvas by a dedicated group of highly qualified professors.
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Western Carolina University The WCU M.A. in Clinical Psychology adheres to a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students for doctoral level training in clinical psychology or other applied disciplines. Students who do not wish to pursue further studies may be eligible for licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). The clinical program emphasizes coursework in assessment, research methods, evidence-based psychotherapy, psychopathology, and neuropsychology.
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East Carolina University (NASP) ECU offers a Master's in General-Theoretic Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology will train students to apply scientific solutions to the workplace. ECU also offers a Master's in School Psychology which prepares highly-qualified school psychologists to work with children, families, and other professionals within public schools.
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North Carolina Central University The NCCU Master of Arts in General Psychology with concentrations in General and Clinical. The Clinical Concentration prepares students to become licensed psychological associates as defined by the North Carolina Practice Act. The General Concentration provides students with advanced knowledge of psychological principles ad research techniques needed for teaching in post-secondary institutions, working in research laboratories, or pursuing doctoral level studies.
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University of North Carolina Charlotte The UNCC Master's of Arts in Psychology trains psychologists in the knowledge and skills necessary to address problems encountered in modern living. The program provides a foundation in the research methods and content of basic psychology as well as excellent preparation for doctoral programs in psychology. Also offered a MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
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University of North Carolina Wilmington (BACB) The UNCW Master of Arts in Psychology program has three concentrations, one general and two clinical: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Psychological Science (PSYS), and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (COSUD). Students complete a research-methods sequence, a core of coursework in psychology, a comprehensive exam, and an empirical thesis.
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Appalachian State University The ASU MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (IOHRM) prepares professionals for work in business, industry and government. Students will receive specialized training in human resource management with emphases on developing knowledge of theories, methods and research findings derived from the behavioral sciences.
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Appalachian State University The ASU Master of Arts in Psychology offers advanced study for students interested in the field of psychology, with concentration options in Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Experimental psychology coursework includes: biological, cognitive, developmental, learning and social psychology. The Clinical Psychology program prepares students for doctoral programs or licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) in North Carolina.
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University of North Carolina Greensboro UNCG offers a Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology. Students will work with a faculty member from one of our experimental areas, although clinical faculty may also supervise students’ research programs. Research areas include developmental, cognitive and social psychology, as well as psychopathology and developmental psychopathology.
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Wake Forest University The WFU Master of Arts in Psychology provides a strong basis for selecting a PhD program as well as a strong academic foundation for doctoral work. The program provides considerable research experience, with a high degree of individual attention from graduate faculty. The department has an excellent record of placing graduates in doctoral programs in all major areas of psychology.
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North Carolina Doctorate in Psychology Programs

Western Carolina University The WCU PsyD in Health Service Psychology (Combined Clinical- School) is a three-year, post-Master's professional preparation program. Upon completion of the program, students will be to provide culturally competent, evidence-based clinical services while adhering to the highest ethical standards. The program ascribes to the practitioner-scholar model of professional training, which places greater emphasis on clinical preparation as opposed to research training.
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Western Carolina University (NASP) The WCU Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) has a long history of providing strong educational experiences leading to graduates performing at high levels in the field of school psychology. Graduates are eligible for Level II Licensure at the state level and National Certification as a School Psychologist after completing program requirements including passing the Praxis II exam.
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East Carolina University (APA) The ECU PhD in Clinical Health Psychology will train psychologists in the science of psychology, as well as train them to deliver clinical services in settings such as primary health care hospital teams, rehabilitation, psychiatry, oncology, cardiology, geriatrics, pain clinics, sleep medicine, pediatrics, health maintenance organizations, community mental health agencies, and in the private practice of health psychology.
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East Carolina University The ECU PhD in Occupational Health Psychology concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in organizational research and to develop interventions that are designed to improve the overall quality of working life while also ensuring organizational productivity.
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East Carolina University (APA,NASP) The ECU PhD in Pediatric School Psychology is a sub-specialty that includes the competencies of both school and health psychology. The goal is to train entry-level School Psychologists with broad expert knowledge of scientific psychology. The model we use for training is the scientist-practitioner model in which psychologists are trained as both scientists and practitioners.
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University of North Carolina Charlotte (APA) The UNCC PhD in Health Psychology offers three areas of concentration: Clinical Psychology, Community Psychology and General Health Psychology. A particular emphasis of the program is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions that involve multiple disciplines.
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Appalachian State University (NASP) The ASU MA and Specialist in School Psychology program embraces its mission to provide learning experiences grounded in the scientist-practitioner model that enable our graduates to become well-rounded, effective School Psychologists who practice competently, and ethically in all domains of School Psychology practice and who are prepared to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
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University of North Carolina Greensboro The UNCG PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, or Quantitative Psychology follow a single curriculum with a uniform set of requirements, but their research programs and seminar courses focus on their unique areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to study mind, brain, and behavior at multiple levels of analysis (neural, individual, and social) with diverse techniques.
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University of North Carolina Greensboro (APA) The UNCG PhD in Clinical Psychology espouses the scientist-practitioner model of training. The program trains individuals to become skilled scientists and competent clinicians who use their expertise to understand, assess, treat, and prevent behavioral disorders, regardless of the setting in which they work. Graduates are prepared to work as independent researchers, teachers, consultants, and practitioners.
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North Carolina State University (HFES) NC State offers a PhD in Applied Social and Community Psychology, a PhD in Human Factors and Applied Cognition Psychology, a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Students apply to an area and benefit from cross-disciplinary coursework and research across areas. We have a rich, long history of granting graduate level degrees, beginning in 1948.
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North Carolina State University (APA,NASP) The NC State PhD in School Psychology includes strong preparation in the academic foundations of psychology; in the research skills essential to the contribution of new knowledge; and in the competent and ethical professional practice of assessment, intervention and consultation. Our graduates work as psychologists in public schools, diagnostic centers, and research and academic institutions.
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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (APA,PCSAS,APCS) The UNC PhD in Clinical Psychology offers two tracks: Adult and Child/Family. We emphasize training in clinically-informed research and evidence-based clinical work and recognize that students have varying career aspirations that may evolve over the course of graduate training.
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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (APA,NASP) The UNC PhD in School Psychology leads to licensure as a psychologist in North Carolina as well as most other states. The program includes Foundational content in the breadth of psychology: biological aspects of behavior; cognitive/affective aspects of behavior; social aspects of behavior; history and systems of psychology; psychological measurement; research methodology; and, data analysis.
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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill UNC offers a PhD in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, a PhD in Developmental Psychology, a PhD in Quantitative Psychology and a PhD in Social Psychology. The programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and judgement needed to become active contributors at the highest-level to research, teach, and provide public and professional service in the community.
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Duke University (APA,PCSAS,APCS) The Duke Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has five graduate training areas leading to a PhD in Psychology: Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Systems and Integrative Neuroscience. Depending on one's field, training may include neuroimaging, optigenetics, laboratory experiments, clinical approaches, and/or field interviews.
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North Carolina Psychology Licensing and Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina The mission of NAMI North Carolina is to provide support, education, advocacy, and public awareness so that all affected by mental illness can build better lives. For over 30 years, we have worked with dedicated community volunteer leaders to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy, and support so people affected by mental illness can build better lives.
North Carolina Psychology Board The NCPB is the licensing agency for psychologists in North Carolina. The mission is to protect the public from the practice of psychology by unqualified persons and from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice psychology. The Board is comprised of seven members, three members are licensed psychologists, two members are licensed psychological associates, and two members are members of the public who are not licensed under the Act.
Western North Carolina Psychological Association The members of the WNCPA work to strengthen psychology as a science and as a profession, in order to improve the psychological health of our community. We advocate for the public good through: education, connection with members, and connection to the community.
North Carolina Psychiatric Association The NCPA is a professional medical organization that represents nearly 1,000 psychiatrists in North Carolina; it is the district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. Members receive many member benefits, including dual membership in the state and national associations. The mission is to promote the highest quality care for North Carolina residents with mental illness, including substance use disorders.
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North Carolina Psychological Association The NCPA is a professional organization designed to serve the interests of psychologists in North Carolina and advocates for psychology as a science, a profession, and a means of promoting human welfare. It provides an organized voice for psychologists and promotes high standards for the profession.
Cape Fear Psychological Association The CFPA is an unaffiliated group of psychologists with expertise in psychological and neuropsychological therapy and testing. Centered around Wilmington, North Carolina, CFPA has been in existence for over twenty years.
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North Carolina School Psychology Association NCSPA is a professional organization that supports and advocates for school psychologists across North Carolina to provide comprehensive services that reflect best practices in the field of school psychology.
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North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis NCABA is a membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis in the state of North Carolina. When you join NCABA you become part of a network of behavior analysis scientists, educators, practitioners, and students in North Carolina with whom to share research findings, educational strategies, best practices, and professional opportunities.
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International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology The IACFP is an organization of behavioral scientists and practitioners who are concerned with the delivery of high-quality mental health services to criminal offenders, and with promoting and disseminating research on the etiology, assessment and treatment of criminal behavior. IACFP’s mission is to advance the development and implementation of evidence- and practitioner-informed policies and practices to support correctional and forensic psychologists.
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Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas PCC provides the only post-graduate training program in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in North Carolina. As a membership organization, we assist students and graduates in mental health fields to advance their careers through networking and continuing education.
North Carolina Association of Professional Psychologists NCAPP provides information for master's level psychologists and future psychologists, including education requirements and information, licensing and supervision requirements, and any relevant legal proceedings.
North Carolina Industrial & Organizational Psychologists NCIOP is an organization created to serve Industrial & Organizational Psychologists in the state of North Carolina with the goal of providing professional development opportunities for current and aspiring academics and practitioners in this field.
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