How long does it take to complete the program? How many classes do students take each semester?
The graduate program is completed as a cohort in three years and is considered a full-time graduate course load. Classes are offered in the evening. Students generally take three classes (nine credits) during the fall and spring semesters and two classes (six credits) during the summer semesters. Some theory-based classes may be offered in a hybrid course format (a combination of online and face to face) to allow for increased flexibility in scheduling. There is also a 100-hour clinical practicum and a 600-hour clinical internship that is part of the program’s structure.
|Year||Fall Semester||Spring Semester||Summer I Semester|
|1||9 credits (3 classes)||9 credits (3 classes)
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|6 credits (2 classes)|
|2||9 credits (3 classes)||9 credits (3 classes), including Practicum||6 credits (2 classes)
Take Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
Register and study for the National Counselor Exam (NCE)
|3||6 credits (2 classes), includes Internship I
|6 credits (2 classes), includes Internship II
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What tracks are offered?
Our program has a strong emphasis on social justice, advocacy and multicultural competencies. Students select one of these tracks two program tracks:
- Child and Adolescent Counseling - work with children and families across the lifespan with a focus on human development, assessment and intervention
- Social Justice Community Counseling - work with adults and families, including traditionally marginalized groups, with a focus on facilitating systemic change via social justice initiatives, client advocacy and competent multicultural counseling
What is the cohort model?
A cohort is a group of students that start and progress through the program together. Students are admitted only for a fall semester start. The cohort allows the development of collaboration and community, which fosters the close, strong mentoring relationships with peers and faculty that are a hallmark of this program. As part of a cohort, your schedule is predictable, and there is no competition for course registration. Because this unique structure allows for only a limited number of students, we recommend applying early.
What are the admission requirements for the program?
To apply, the following items are required:
- Completed application form
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate schools attended, with evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree
- Personal statement
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Three recommendations
- Personal interview (by invitation only)
- Application fee
As a program prerequisite, applicants must have completed four undergraduate psychology classes with a grade of “B” or better. We encourage those from diverse academic backgrounds with an interest in counseling psychology to apply. Those with undergraduate degrees in social science or human service related fields (i.e., psychology, counseling or social work) will typically not have issues with the prerequisite requirement. Please contact us so we can assess your credentials and provide you will guidance on the prerequisites.
We have limited spaces in the program, so we recommend applying early.
Do you require a standardized test, such as the GRE or MAT, for admission?
No. However, students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA below 3.0 may be asked to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Please consult us before registering for a standardized test so that we can assess your credentials.
Can I work and still attend graduate school?
Classes are scheduled in the early evening, and some students do work while attending school, particularly during the first year and a half prior to the practicum and internship. However, students need to plan for the 100-hour clinical practicum and the 600-hour clinical internship during the second half of the program.
How do students develop clinical skills in the program?
We are one of the only graduate programs that have a dedicated counseling psychology lab for student development. Skill-based courses are highly interactive and held in the lab, where students will role-play, practice, and learn through hands-on experience. Practice sessions can be observed, recorded and reviewed to provide authentic feedback and growth opportunities. The lab is a cornerstone of our program.
Further, each student is also required to complete a 100-hour clinical practicum and the 600-hour clinical internship as part of the program requirements.
What professional development opportunities exist for students?
Research opportunities and conference attendance is an important part of a counselor’s professional development. Our faculty are heavily involved in professional organizations and conferences. We actively include our students in these opportunities, and have some funding available to send students to conferences. Our students frequently attend and present at conferences with our faculty. This is a great way to start building your professional identity and network.
Do you help students obtain practicum or internship placements?
Yes. Our full-time clinical coordinator, a licensed professional counselor, works closely and individually with each student to ascertain clinical interests and professional goals. Because we are a small program, we are able to help match you with opportunities that will enhance your professional growth. You receive individualized attention and support to enhance your learning throughout this important part of your education.
How much is tuition and how do students pay for graduate school?
I have additional questions about the program. Is there someone I can talk with?
Yes, of course! Please contact Terry Jackson, the administrative director. She will happily assist you with any questions and support you through the process of considering if graduate school is right for you.