Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology (M.S.)
Providing a Solid Psychological Core
The curriculum is designed for students seeking preparation for a career in various types of mental health settings and related organizations, or for students planning to pursue a Ph.D.. The primary goal is to provide a solid psychological core with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, health, and educational issues across the life span. Recognizing the value of both practice and research, the Counseling Concentration offers two options: thesis or non-thesis.
Admission requires an undergraduate major in psychology or related field. Undergraduate study should include one course in general psychology, elementary statistics, research methods, abnormal psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology and developmental psychology. The minimum acceptable admission requirements of the Graduate School are a 2.5 or higher GPA, a composite GRE (Verbal + Quantitative + Subject) of 870 or higher, or a MAT of 370 for unconditional admission. Conditional admission is offered for 2.25-2.49 GPA with a composite GRE (Verbal + Quantitative + Subject) of 935 or higher or a MAT of 383, or a 2.0-2.24 GPA with a composite GRE (Verbal + Quantitative + Subject) of 1000 or higher or MAT of 394 or higher. GRE scores are preferable to MAT scores. Students admitted conditionally must earn a grade of B or better in the first twelve hours of graduate work to gain the unconditional status.
In addition the student should submit in duplicate ALL of the following information in a single envelope directly to the Graduate School:
1. Three (3) letters of recommendation - one of which should be from an academic advisor or his or her designee.
2. A letter of aspiration (personal statement) indicating why the applicant has chosen to pursue a degree in this area along with his or her academic and career goals.
3. A copy of all undergraduate transcripts should also be submitted with the application.
4. Once the above criteria have been met, the Coordinator of the program will contact the applicant and arrange an interview with the members of the Graduate Admissions Committee prior to final recommendation for admission to the program.
All application materials including the letters of recommendation and aspiration must be received by the Graduate School by February 1 for admission for the following Fall semester.
A minimum of four semesters and a summer term of residential study are required to complete the program within a two year period. The Thesis Option requires fifty-three (53) semester hours
of approved course work. The Non-Thesis Option requires fifty-eight (58) semester hours of approved course work.
This option is appropriate for students planning to pursue a Ph.D.. The candidate must submit a thesis on a topic approved by the thesis advisor. A minimum of fifty-three (53) semester hours of approved course work is required.
The non-thesis option is for students who choose to focus on training in the practice aspects of psychology. Students who select the non-thesis option will be required to take a minimum of
58 hours of course work (including 6 hours of electives above the core requirements) and a Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination is a written examination which
must be completed during the semester of graduation.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
Required Core Courses 52 Hours (Thesis and Non-thesis)
PSYC 5030 Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSYC 5040 Statistics & Methodology 3
PSYC 5060 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior 3
PSYC 5070 Professional Issues and Ethics in Counseling Psychology 3
PSYC 5100 Counseling and Interviewing Skills 2
PSYC 5135 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 5136 Theories of Personality 3
PSYC 5140 Statistics & Computer Applications 3
PSYC 5170 Counseling Theory 3
PSYC 5200 Advanced Counseling & Interviewing Skills 2
PSYC 5270 Vocational Theory & Testing 3
PSYC 5530 Psychometrics 3
PSYC 5630 Child and Adolescent Development 3
PSYC 6130 Social Bases of Behavior 3
PSYC 6170 Individual Tests of Intelligence 3
PSYC 6430 History & Systems of Psychology 3
PSYC 6505 Masters Counseling Psychology Practicum 3
PSYC 6506 Masters Counseling Psychology Practicum 3
Thesis Option Requirement
PSYC 6540 Thesis 1
Non-Thesis Option Requirements - All Core Courses in addition to Electives 6 hours
(Any 2 of the following courses)
PSYC 5190 Group Counseling & Guidance 3
PSYC 5230 Learning Theories 3
PSYC 5570 Individuals/Couples/Family Systems Assessment:
Theory & Intervention 3
PSYC 6370 Interest, Aptitude & Achievement Testing 3
PSYC 6550 Health Psychology 3
PSYC 6560 Violence in Interpersonal Relations 3