Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
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General Counseling Psychology Specialization

The General Counseling Psychology Specialization is a 36-unit program that explores counseling theories and topics, but does not have a fieldwork requirement (and therefore does not prepare students for professional licensure). This specialization is designed for students who wish to earn a master’s degree in this fascinating field, but are not interested in becoming licensed therapists. Socially and psychologically minded individuals in business, education or other areas may find this the ideal graduate degree. For some, this can be a natural stepping stone to doctoral level studies.

The first year of coursework within the General Counseling Psychology Specialization consists of required core classes. An additional 18 units of electives will be completed in the second year. Students can choose to complete the electives in the graduate psychology program or take a minimum of 9 units in graduate psychology and up to 9 units in other MSMC graduate programs such as Humanities, Education and Religious Studies. Individualized course plans will be tailored to each student through consultations with an academic advisor.

Program Curriculum

Required Core Graduate Psychology Classes (21 units)

PSY 225 (3 units) Counseling Theory 
PSY 268 (3 units) Psychopathology
PSY 227 (3 units) Intro to Counseling
PSY 202 (3 units) Lifespan Development
PSY 200 (3 units) Applying Research to Practice
PSY 203 (3 units) Multicultural Counseling
PSY 263 (3 units) Laws & Ethics in Counseling

Electives (15 units)

All 15 elective units in graduate psychology 


Minimum of 9 elective units in graduate psychology + up to 6 units in other MSMC graduate programs (e.g., Humanities; Education; Religious Studies)

This specialization does NOT lead to professional licensure.

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