Counseling Master's Program

Counseling Master's Program

The Counseling program is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and provides academic requirements for both the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. Successful completion will allow the candidate to apply for internship status with the Board to accrue the post-degree hours of supervised practice necessary for state licensure. The Master's provides students with a solid foundation in clinical theory and research, along with extensive training in clinical skills. Supervised fieldwork/practica are a required part of the program, including experience working direclty with clients in our Community Counseling Clinic, the department's training facility that provides low-cost counseling to campus and community members.


Students completing this program will have demonstrated the following:

* Workable knowledge of standard psychotherapeutic techniques

* Knowledge of and conformance to the laws, regulations, and professional ethics related to the practice of a master's level psychotherapist

* The ability to understand and utilize research related to the field of counseling psychology

* Appreciation and knowledge of issues of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religions as they relate to providing effective psychotherapeutic interventions



To provide the best learning experience possible for students in the Psychology Department Masters of Arts with specialization in Counseling, and meet the requirements from the state of California for licensure eligibility, the program will now admit a new cohort of students every other year.  The program will NOT be admitting students for Fall 2016. We will admit students for Fall 2017. The next applications for the MA Counseling Program we will accept will be due February 1st, 2017.  

Students are accepted into the program based on academic record, human services experience, demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication, and the potential for becoming effective and ethical psychotherapists. Applicants are screened on the basis of their application materials as well as a personal interview. Approximately 10-12 new students are accepted each year, with admission during the fall semester only.

A bachelor's degree with substantial preparation in psychology is required. A minimum GPA of 3.0, some experience in human services, the General GRE Test by the February 1 admissions deadline, and goals that match the program's objectives are expected.

The following prerequisites are required to be completed before the start of the program: Introduction to Research Design, Introduction to Psychological Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personality Theory, and Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience.