The ideal program for a Master’s degree to advance in a current position, work in a non-licensed counseling setting, or prepare for future doctoral studies.
Graduates can work in career counseling, college student services, human resources, organizational consulting, community services, health services, and other settings that do not require a license to practice.
Master of Arts in Counseling
Our Counseling degree prepares students who want more experience in the mental health field or are planning to pursue their doctoral degree but who do not need a therapy license.
- Classes held at SCU
- 2 year full-time program (part-time available)
- Start in Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer
- 52.5 Quarter units
- Total tuition is $33,075. Tuition assistance and scholarships are available.
We offer four areas of emphasis for specialized interest areas. An emphasis functions like a minor. Students who don't choose an emphasis may choose from a variety of electives.
A focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate counseling experiences centered on a deep understanding of Latino culture, ethnicity, acculturation, and immigration.
Apply psychology to issues of well-being, stress and stress management, the modification of health behaviors, health promotion, wellness, and disease prevention.
Offering training in the application of counseling to issues of gender, diversity in sexual identity and expression, oppression, discrimination, and acculturation, among other topics.
Graduates work in community and law enforcement agencies, private practice, schools, correctional institutions, mental health and rehabilitation facilities, and group homes.
"After having just graduated from UC Berkeley, I was seeking a program that would provide me both a community and a solid academic foundation. And today I am so grateful to say that SCU’s Counseling and Psychology program gave me exactly that. It’s because of the relationships, the knowledge, and the practice I received from this program did I then have the opportunity to become the type of therapist I had sought out to be."
Cost and Financial Aid
|2018 - 2019 Tuition, per quarter unit||$630|
|2019 - 2020 Tuition, per quarter unit||$654|
|Graduate Student Associate Fee (per quarter)||$40|
|Late registration Fee||$100|
|Course Drop/Swap Fee (per course)||$50|
|Late Payment Fee||$100|
|Annual Student Health Insurance (Health Insurance Waiver is available)||$2,968|
Scholarships and Financial Aid
If you have questions about the application process, please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office or call us at 408-551-3422.
Counseling Sample Curriculum
Sample Curriculum for the 52.5-unit program
- Psychology of Interpersonal Communications (CPSY 221 Syllabus)
- Psychology of Relationships (CPSY 212 Syllabus
- Psychology of Human Development (CPSY 216 Syllabus)
- Foundations of Psychotherapy and Personality (CPSY 218 Syllabus)
- Psychology of Group Counseling (CPSY 219 Syllabus)
- Research Methods (CPSY 220 Syllabus)
- Counseling Process and Skills (CPSY 227 Syllabus)
- Multicultural Counseling (CPSY 231 Syllabus)
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (CPSY 275 Syllabus)
- Counseling for Grief, Loss, and Trauma (CPSY 291 Syllabus)
- Substance Abuse Treatment (CPSY 320 Syllabus)
- Clinical Assessment I (CPSY 318 Syllabus)
- Two Quarters of Counseling Practicum ( CPSY 333 Syllabus)
- Lab Group (CPSY 221 Syllabus)