Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

If you’re looking to obtain a professional counseling credential, ACU’s Master of Science in counseling psychology is the right degree for you; our program offers all of the courses required for licensure in Texas.

The program offers a distinctive Christian perspective, and it provides classroom and clinical training for individual and group counseling, interviewing, crisis intervention, psychological testing, and professional issues and ethics. As you participate in a practicum, you will develop your professional identity and excellence in practice.

Note: It is important for you to become familiar with the licensing laws and rules of the licensing board in the state in which you plan to pursue licensure. The requirements vary widely from state to state.

Ready to be a part of an exciting master’s program? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

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Counseling with a Christian perspective

You will leave the M.S. in counseling psychology program ready to serve clients in a variety of mental health, educational and professional settings.

What outcomes can you expect?

  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Addiction/Substance Abuse Counselor
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Admission Requirements

  • Complete the online application; 
  • Pay the $50 application fee; 
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent; 
  • Unconditional admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.5-4.0. If an applicant meets all other requirements and has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0-3.49, he/she may be admitted on probation. The condition of probation means that the applicant must make a final grade of B or above in each of the first 4 courses required in his/her program. Failure to do so will result in suspension from the program;
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two must be from psychology faculty or psychologists who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work;
  • Completion of at least 12 undergraduate semester hours in psychology including: statistics, experimental psychology, abnormal psychology and three additional hours that may be physiological, developmental psychology, cognition, or principles of learning or an acceptable substitute. The applicant must have made a grade of B or higher in each of the prerequisite courses. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate program courses; they may not be taken concurrently; 
  • A written statement (600-800 words) describing professional goals, interests and reasons for choosing to enter the psychology program at ACU;
  • Because all professional psychology programs require students to provide services to clients in practicum sites, non-native speakers of English must pass an interview with two ACU psychology department faculty to establish that the applicant has sufficient skills in English and American culture to provide services to clients in practicum settings;
  • International applicants also must meet the university's English language test requirements;
  • The Department of Psychology does not consider the GRE or other test as part of its admission requirements.

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Degree Details

Counseling Psychology, MS (PSCO)


Required Hours

Credit hours: 60

Tuition per credit hours: $1,194

Program length: 2 years


Example Coursework

Psychotherapy

Clinical Research Methods

Advanced Psychopathology


Department

Psychology


Application Deadlines

International Students: February 15, 2018

Priority Review: March 30, 2018

Standard Review: August 10, 2018