MA in Counseling Psychology


The academic program has been carefully organized in accord with recommendations and requirements for accreditation by the American Psychological Association. The program offers a sequential, cumulative, graded-in complexity, and integrated series of experiences that are geared to move full-time students from the abstract and theoretical to the applied, with ongoing integration of science and practice. Students are required to take course work in both general psychology and counseling psychology.

Introduction to Psychological Counseling & Microskills in Counseling

Historical and philosophical foundations of counseling psychology; theories, application, work of counseling psychologists, and basic microcounseling skills.

Group Leadership Experience

Practice working in a psychotherapy group; review major theories on group psychotherapy processes, integrate empirical research on effectiveness of group work; multicultural considerations in group psychotherapy; didactic and experiential format.

Multicultural Counseling

Theoretical and practical aspects of the cultural adaptation process; implications for interventions in diverse populations; issues.

Professional Issues & Ethics

Overview of ethical and professional issues in psychology; foster your development as an ethical, professionally informed psychologist.

Psychopathology Across the Lifespan

DSM IV categories, related diagnostic issues. Diagnostic categories, diagnostic criteria, and differential diagnosis, and application o case studies and other professional issues.

Work Psychology and Career Interventions

Foundations of career interventions; emphasis on major assessment instruments (vocational interests, values, abilities/skills, personality) and career counseling processes, skills, techniques.

Assessment and Diagnosis Counseling

Course provides the fundamentals related to understanding the administration of psychological assessments and tests and how to formulate diagnosis and its connection to treatment.

Couples and Family Therapy

Evolution of the family therapy movement and issues related to functional and dysfunctional family systems; significant models of family therapy and specific techniques.

Positive Psychology

Promotion of human potential as a focus for counseling professionals that provides a supplement to diagnosis and treatment of pathology; how to achieve happiness, resilience, wellness, and life satisfaction through enhancement of human strengths and virtues.

Design of Experiments

Theory and methods in the planning and statistical analysis of experimental studies; testing of hypotheses about linear contrasts among means in single-factor and multifactor, completely randomized, and repeated measurement designs.

Health and Wellness Counseling and Psychology

The connection between physical and mental health are explored in this course. Students will be exposed to the principles of health psychology, wellness, and mental health and wellbeing.