Overview of the Program
The Counseling Masters of Arts program is a 5 semester program that emphasizes 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 directly with clients in Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).
The program is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Academic requirements for the Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) license and a minimum of 285 hours of supervision by a licensed professional are provided.
The program is administered by a faculty committee which plans the curriculum, makes program policy, and selects students for admission. The chair of the committee, the Program Coordinator, serves as official advisor to all students in the program.
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 first on the basis of their application materials and then a personal interview. Students are admitted 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 and /or research, and goals that match the program’s objectives are expected. Three letters of reference and a response to nine autobiographical questions must be submitted through CalState Apply by the application deadline. The Prerequisite Verification Form must be submitted in the Supplemental Materials section within Cal State Apply.
The following course prerequisites are required to be completed before the start of the program:
Intro Research Design
Intro to Psychology
And at least two of the following:
First Semester— Fall, 13 units
Research Methods: Philosophy & Design, Interviewing & Counseling Techniques, Theories of Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy, Law and Ethics in Psychology, Practicum Preparation.
Second Semester—Spring, 17-21 units
Advanced Psychopathology: Diagnosis of Mental Disorder, Research Methods: Evaluation, Psychotherapy with Children and Families, Licensed Supervision, Assessment & Testing for Psychotherapists, Assessment & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect, Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).
Third Semester—Fall, 16-19 units
Developmental Psychopathology, Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, Licensed Supervision, Mental Health Addiction and Recovery, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).
Fourth Semester—Spring, 14-17 units
Sexuality Counseling, Aging & Long Term Care, Couples Therapy, Licensed Supervision, Advanced Psychopharmacology, Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).
Fifth Semester - Fall
Fieldwork/Practicum, Thesis (optional).
NOTE: The above is a sample curriculum that is subject to changes in order as well as content based on Board of Behavioral Sciences requirements.
How to apply
All applicants apply to the university through CalState Apply. Applications open October 1st. The deadline to apply and provide all supplemental materials is February 1st. All applications received by this date will receive full consideration, and initial admission decisions are made by April 1st. Three letters of reference and a response to nine autobiographical questions must be submitted through CalState Apply by the application deadline. The Prerequisite Verification Form must be submitted in the Supplemental Materials section within Cal State Apply.