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Counseling Program

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.

Latino Counseling

A focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate counseling experiences centered on a deep understanding of Latino culture, ethnicity, acculturation, and immigration.

Health Psychology

Apply psychology to issues of well-being, stress and stress management, the modification of health behaviors, health promotion, wellness, and disease prevention.

LGBT Counseling

Offering training in the application of counseling to issues of gender, diversity in sexual identity and expression, oppression, discrimination, and acculturation, among other topics.

Correctional Psychology

Graduates work in community and law enforcement agencies, private practice, schools, correctional institutions, mental health and rehabilitation facilities, and group homes.

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"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."

 - Kimberly Panelo, ’10, Counseling Psychology


Application Fee    $50
2019 - 2020 Tuition, per quarter unit    $654
2020 - 2021 Tuition, per quarter unit    $679
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 2019-2020 (Health Insurance Waiver is available)    $2,968
Annual Student Health Insurance 2020-2021 (TBD)  

Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to Federal Student Aid, we also offer a number of scholarships and aid opportunities depending on your program and potential career path.

If you have questions about the application process, please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office or call us at 408-551-3422.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Information

Sample Curriculum for the 52.5-unit program