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Counseling Psychology Master’s Degree (M.S.)

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The Master of Science (M.S.) in counseling psychology is a 48-semester-credit-hour program that prepares students to become licensed psychological associates or licensed professional counselors.

Graduates of our program may sit for state licensing exams from these entities:

  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors 

Students are welcome to apply for admission regardless of their undergraduate major. 

Degree

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Careers

  • Nonprofit or for-profit mental health agencies
  • Mental Health/Mental Retardation centers
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation settings
  • Vocational counseling
  • Academic counseling
  • Private practice

Program Highlights

  • Our 48-credit-hour program is designed to meet the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Psychological Associate in the State of Texas.

  • We emphasize a small student-to-faculty ratio, opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored research on a wide range of topics, and diverse practicum experiences.

  • Course offerings in our program are designed to accommodate students who are currently employed. Courses are offered during the day, in the evenings and online to better fit your scheduling needs.

Admission Formula

Formula:

[GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 730.

[Last 60 hours GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 752.

GRE Analytical Writing Conversion Scale

The GRE Analytical Writing sub test is scored on a scale of 1-6. This score is converted to the metric of the other sub tests as follows:

1.0-2.0 = 130           
2.5 = 135
3.0 = 140
3.5 = 145
4.0 = 150
4.5 = 155
5.0 = 160
5.5 = 165
6.0 = 170 

Admission Requirements

Students are welcome to apply for admission regardless of their undergraduate major. Those who have fewer than 18 credit hours of undergraduate psychology are required to complete a graduate leveling course that provides training in the foundational areas of psychology.  

Students who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or 3.25 or higher for the last 60 credit hours automatically qualify for admission, if space in the program allows. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may qualify for admission on the basis of the formula described below.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree. Students who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher automatically qualify for admission, if space in the program allows. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may qualify for admission on the basis of the formula described in the GRE column.
  • Students who have fewer than 18 credit hours of undergraduate psychology are required to complete a graduate leveling course that provides training in the foundational areas of psychology.

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Other Application Deadlines:

Priority Admission Review for the Counseling Psychology program:

  • March 15 for Fall admissions
  • October 1 for Spring admissions

Applications for the Counseling Psychology program will be reviewed beginning on March 15 for fall admissions and October 1 for spring admissions. Applications received by these dates will receive priority and will be processed before registration so new students can register on time for a better selection of classes. After the priority deadlines, applications will be reviewed when they are received and students will be admitted based on space available in the program. 

Degree Plan

  • Students may take up to 12 credit hours during the long semesters and six credit hours per summer session.

    Course to be Completed in the First Long Semester

    (Only for students with less than 18 hours of psychology coursework prior to admission)

    6302: Core Concepts in Psychological Science

    Courses to be Completed Prior to Practicum

    6307: Psychopathology 
    6323: Counseling Theories
    6325: Counseling Methods and Techniques
    6329: Professional Orientation to Counseling

    Other Required Courses

    6309: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    6314: Research Methods
    6315: Marriage and Family Counseling or 6326: Counseling with Minorities
    6322: Psychological Assessment
    6347: Developmental Psychology (Online Format) or EDG 6303: Lifespan Development (Online Format)
    6351: Survey of Vocational Counseling or EDG 6324: Career and Occupational Counseling (Online Format)

    Practicum (Ordinarily Completed in the Second Year)

    PSY 6371 twice

    Students must complete 18 credits before enrolling in practicum. These 18 credits must include PSY 6307, PSY 6323, PSY 6325, and PSY 6329

    Elective Courses

    Students may select any graduate psychology course as an elective. 

    Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

    The thesis option requires six credit hours of thesis courses (either PSY 6399 twice or PSY 6699). Students must be registered for thesis while working on it. It ordinarily takes at least two long semesters to complete the thesis. For additional information, see Dr. Hanby.

    In the non-thesis option, students complete courses other than thesis to satisfy degree requirements.

    Both options require 48 credit hours.

Assistantships

  • Graduate
  • Research
  • Teaching

Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

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