College of Arts and Sciences Clayton State University

College of Arts and Sciences Clayton State University

Morrow, GA
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July 15
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9 Departments and Programs
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Graduate Programs at Clayton State University

Clayton State University provides an intellectually challenging and culturally rich learning environment, encouraging all students to take advantage of the outstanding educational and career opportunities provided for residential and commuter students from a diverse range of ethnic, socioeconomic, experiential, and geographical backgrounds. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs of superior quality taught by a professionally active teaching faculty committed to promoting academic excellence. University programs and services are informed and guided by the following essential considerations:

- recognizing and responding to the increasingly complex global context of contemporary life;

- promoting community-based, experiential learning to create enduring and meaningful connections between education and other aspects of life;

- encouraging and providing opportunities for continuous education and growth; and

- developing an understanding of advanced applications of modern technology.

Clayton State University promotes excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people, the State of Georgia, the nation, and the international community. University graduates communicate effectively, think critically, learn and work collaboratively, demonstrate competence in their chosen fields, and possess the capability of adapting to changing circumstances and new challenges. Clayton State University students are encouraged to develop individually compelling senses of social and civic responsibility, community leadership, and service to society.

College of Arts and Sciences Master's Degree Overview

The College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University offers the following master's degree programs: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), Master of Arts in Teaching English (MAT), and Master of Science in Psychology (MS).

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Clayton State University is Georgia's only public university to offer the M.A.L.S. degree. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a relatively new concept in graduate education, but it actually rests squarely in the venerable tradition of liberal education. This graduate degree has become an increasingly popular degree. It is now offered by over a hundred universities nationwide.

The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program (M.A.L.S.) is designed for a broad range of individuals who have completed their undergraduate degrees and prefer an individualized and flexible advanced curriculum that is less specialized than a traditional master's degree program. Students have access to a variety of courses in many disciplines that are offered at flexible times. Students also select academic areas of focus from among criminology, liberal arts, English, political science, or history. Students may each choose either a Capstone Thesis Option or a non-Capstone Thesis Option to complete the degree.

Clayton State University is also an associate member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

Additional information about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is available at

Master of Arts in Teaching English

The Master of Arts in Teaching English degree (MAT) with a concentration in secondary English is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in English or a related area and/or have a provisional teaching certificate in the discipline. This initial certification program prepares students to receive a master's degree and offers them the opportunity to become certified to teach secondary English in grades 6-12. Candidates teaching with a provisional certificate in a public school system are given fulltime student teaching status.

Additional information about the Master of Arts in Teaching English is available at

Master of Science in Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology degree program (M.S.) is a terminal master's degree program that combines an applied community-oriented training model with extensive research preparation. The program offers students 2 distinctive tracks of study: "Applied Development Psychology" (with children and adolescents) and "Clinical Psychology" (community psychological services). Both tracks include field experiences, either as internships or clinical practicum.

Clayton State University is a member institution of the Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology and the University Based Child and Family Policy Consortium.

Community support for the program and its interns is strong and provides an excellent foundation for the graduate program.

Additional information about the Master of Arts in Science in Psychology is available at

Distinguished Graduate Faculty

The graduate faculty at Clayton State University comprises distinguished scholars in the humanities, arts, history and the social sciences, and business. Faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, innovation, collaboration, and research. They also act as mentors, working closely with students one-on-one to help them fulfill their educational goals and identify potential career paths.

Graduate Student Life at Clayton State University

Clayton State provides the support services and resources that help students excel academically while building leadership, social and professional skills. For example, the university offers academic advisement, library services and career services that help students focus on academic and professional achievement. It also has on-campus housing, counseling services and healthcare services as well as recreational and wellness programs. Furthermore, the university provides leadership, multicultural and community service programs that complement classroom learning. It also has a variety of extra-curricular activities including student organizations, events, recreation and wellness programs, concerts and NCAA Division II athletics.

Campus and Surrounding Area

Clayton State University was established in 1969 and is located on a beautiful lakeside park-like setting that is only 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta. It is highly-regarded for its distinguished faculty members and its integrated approach to education, which involves outstanding, academics, technological-advanced classroom environments, hands-on education, and student research; it serves the metro Atlanta area as a hub for undergraduate and graduate education. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is part of the University System of Georgia. Many of its degree programs are also nationally accredited by organizations such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), the National Councilf or Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Management (AUPHA), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It is the only university in the nation adjacent to both state and national archives facilities, providing centralized resources for researchers and outstanding internship opportunities for students. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks Clayton State University among the top 100 regional colleges in the nation for 2013. Its close proximity to Atlanta -- one of the South's most historic and dynamic cities -- provides numerous cultural, entertainment, shopping, dining, and career opportunities. The APEX Museum, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art and Cenennial Olympic Park are just some of Atlanta's many attractions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Clayton State University administers federal and state programs, veterans' education benefits, and scholarship assistance. Students seeking federal financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more, interested students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at (678) 466-4185 or visit their website at

Tuition and fees information can be found at

Location & Contact

College of Arts and Sciences

Clayton State University

Morrow, GA

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • English Education Master's
    • Liberal Studies Master's
    • Psychology--General Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition $3,528
    • Out-of-state tuition $13,176
    • International student tuition $13,176
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,404.00
  • Financial Support
    • Application deadlines for financial awards July 15th