Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology prepares students to begin a professional career in counseling. The program combines professional counseling training and a distinctive Christian perspective integrating faith, learning, and practice.
Students who pursue this degree are preparing for a professional counseling credential such as licensed professional counselor (LPC). The program provides classroom and practicum training for individual and group counseling, clinical interviewing, crisis intervention, psychological testing, and professional issues and ethics. Practicum experience supervised by experienced psychologists develops students’ professional identity and excellence in practice.
If applicants anticipate seeking a professional license in counseling, it is important for them to become familiar with the licensing laws and rules of the licensing board in the state they plan to pursue licensure in. The requirements vary widely from state to state and can usually be found by searching the internet for “licensed professional counselor requirements” and the name of the state.
The M.S. in Counseling Psychology program is a traditional academic program designed for full-time students. Effective fall of 2015, the program requires 60 semester hours and takes two academic years, including one summer, to complete. Because of its developmental design, many courses have prerequisites that are offered only once a year. Failing to take courses in the proper sequence can significantly increase the time to completion of the program.
Students who want to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor credential should choose electives to meet the licensing requirements. The ACU Counseling Psychology program offers all of the courses required for licensure in Texas. The sample degree plan lists those courses (see below).
Requirements for the M.S. in Counseling Psychology are:
1. Psychology core, 18 hours
PSYC 610 Psychotherapy (3)
PSYC 612 Clinical Research Methods (3)
PSYC 648 Advanced Psychotherapeutic Techniques (3)
PSYC 650 Ethics and Issues in Professional Psychology (3)
PSYC 660 Clinical Assessment (3)
PSYC 682 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
2. Practicum, 6 hours: PSYC 690, 692 (3 hours each)
3. Electives, 36 hours approved by Graduate Advisor or Department Chair
4. Comprehensive examinations