The mission of our Master's Program in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling is to provide students with a quality educational experience that prepares them to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California.

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The primary purpose of the Master of Science program in Psychology is to develop mastery of a substantial body of knowledge and skills for students planning careers in counseling. The Counseling concentration emphasizes a variety of counseling theories and skills in training students for positions in counseling settings. Admission to the program is competitive.

Minimum Prerequisites for Admission

  1. A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and completion of the concentration prerequisites, with a grade of B or better or completion of a course in Introductory Psychology, completion of the concentration prerequisites with a minimum of 16 upper-division semester units in Psychology with a grade of B or better with course content acceptable to the Psychology Graduate Committee.

Counseling concentration prerequisites:

  • One upper-division introductory course in Experimental Psychology (PSYC 3000 or equivalent)
  • One upper-division introductory course in Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3350 or equivalent)
  • One upper-division introductory course in Counseling Theory (PSYC 3790 or equivalent)
  • One upper-division introductory course in Counseling Techniques (PSYC 4770or equivalent)
  1. A minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
  2. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, which includes the GRE Analytical Writing Section.
  3. Completion of a set of examinations or other requirements by the Psychology Department to determine or rectify those areas in which further preparation is required.
  4. Related work or volunteer experience is strongly recommended.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Approval by the Psychology Department.

Program Requirements

(60 units minimum)

  1. Complete the appropriate 60 or more units or their equivalent.
  2. Complete the 36 core units listed in the Basic Requirements Section as well as the requirements listed for the concentration to which they have been admitted.

 Note:  Some modification to the following stated requirements may be made to accommodate California educational requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapist License, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and other program changes.

Basic Requirements

(36 units)

Concentration in Counseling Courses

(24 units)