Students interested in psychology can choose between one of six APA-accredited doctoral programs in the state of Mississippi. The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University all boast doctoral programs in the field. While many psychologists actively practice in the state, the annual wage is among the three lowest in the nation.

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Psychology candidates in Mississippi must graduate with a doctoral degree; complete an internship and supervised work experience; pass a criminal history background check; provide references; and pass a state jurisprudence exam, an oral exam, and a national exam to be awarded a license.

Mississippi’s Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Mississippi are permitted to do the following:

  • Test and assess personal characteristics in order to diagnose, treat, and manage mental and emotional disorders, substance abuse, and the psychological aspects of illness or injury
  • Provide psychoeducational therapy, evaluation, and remediation
  • Render services to individuals, families, groups, systems, organizations, and the public

Mississippi’s Licensing Authority

The Mississippi Board of Psychology issues licenses, regulates the practice of psychology, and enacts penalties against wrongdoers.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Mississippi must have completed the following steps:

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Completed a pre-doctoral internship

Passed a criminal history background check and provided references to the Board

Completed a post-doctoral supervised experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a state jurisprudence examination, and an oral examination

Other Psychology in Mississipi Licensing Criteria
  • Doctoral program must be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) or be designated as a psychology program by the Designation Committee of the National Register of Health Service Providers and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

  • The 2,000-hour internship must be completed within one to two years. Full-time interns must receive at least four hours weekly of supervision, two of which must be direct and face-to-face. The internship must be applicable to the candidate’s specialization, cover a wide spectrum of psychological services, and include service to a variety of clientele.

  • The candidate must pass a criminal history background check as part of the licensure application. The candidate must also supply three references that speak to the candidate’s ‘good moral character’ from licensed psychologists who have known and/or worked with the candidate within five years of the date of application.

  • Two hours a week of direct face-to-face supervision are required during the 2,000-hour post-doctoral supervised experience. The experience must be completed within two years and must relate t the candidate’s area of specialization.

  • The oral examination is administered by the Board and lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. The candidate will be notified of his/her score within 10 working days. If the oral examination is failed twice, the candidate must wait two years before reexamination.

Mississippi Psychology Licensing Exams

Psychologist candidates in Mississippi must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a state jurisprudence examination, and an oral examination.

Mississippi’s Recognized Psychology Specializations

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • The internship and post-doctoral work experience must relate to the candidate’s intended area of specialization

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 20 hours of continuing education per renewal period. At least two hours must be related to professional ethics or legal issues.
Mississippi Licensure Resources

Mississippi’s Salary and Employment Trends of Practicing Psychologists

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Mississippi vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Mississippi 10%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Mississippi 7.0%

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide N/A

Mississippi 64.3%

Number clinical, counseling and school psychologist and psychologists, other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Mississippi 480

Earnings for Psychologists in Indiana vs Nationwide

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To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and economic data in Mississippi, please visit the following resources.

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