What are the requirements for admission to the program?
Many applicants have undergraduate degrees in social science or human service related fields (i.e., psychology, counseling or social work); however, those from diverse academic backgrounds with an interest in counseling psychology are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed four undergraduate psychology classes with a grade of “B” or better, submit a 500-word personal statement, three letters of recommendation from professors and/or work supervisors, and a resume or curriculum vitae. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any salient work experience. Students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA below 3.0 must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.
What is the cohort model?
Applicants are accepted into a cohort that forms once each academic year. Coursework begins during the fall semester. Students will move through most of their core courses with the same students each semester and develop mentoring relationships with faculty. This model allows students to get to know one another, develop strong working relationships and learn in a collaborative fashion.
How many classes do students take each semester?
The master's degree in counseling psychology program is a full-time graduate program that takes approximately two to three years to complete, depending on the track selected (48 credit or 60 credit). Students will generally take three classes (nine credits) during the fall and spring semesters and two classes (six credits) during the summer semesters.
Can I work and still attend graduate school?
Yes, some students work while also taking the two or three classes per semester. Classes generally run in the late afternoons and evenings. Some theory-based classes may be offered in a hybrid course format. A hybrid course involves in-person meetings and some online work to allow for increased flexibility in scheduling. Students will complete a 100-hour practicum during the first year and a 600-hour internship during the second year or third year.
Where can I go to learn more about careers in the counseling psychology field?
Visit Counseling Degree.org, an online resource for students entering into the counseling psychology field. The site provides field-specific career searches, links to counseling psychology organizations and resources as well as scholarship opportunities.
What’s the application deadline?
Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until the cohort is filled. Spots are limited.