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MA in Counseling
45 unit two year program

Master of Arts in Counseling (45 unit)

Our vision imagines a region and world in which everyone has access to an inspiring education and the psychological tools and support to propel them toward flourishing lives of meaning, purpose and connection.  Our education is characterized by Strong Values, Social Justice, Transformative, Diverse Community.

The 45-unit MA in Counseling program is for students who wish to pursue work in which they will use counseling skills in a non-mental health setting but that still requires a Master’s degree. Examples of such work include career counseling, academic counseling in a college setting, behavioral health counseling in a medical setting, or pastoral counseling as a minister or lay person.  Students should be aware that such a degree will not make them eligible for licensure as an MA-level psychotherapist, nor can they transfer courses to a licensure-track program at a later date (per state regulations). Graduates of this program have found work in a variety of fields, including serving as an academic counselor in the community college system, a career counselor or doing student life work in a wide range of college settings. This degree is also appropriate for students preparing for doctoral work in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology. Students in this program also have the option of taking courses centered in one of our emphasis areas.

MA in Counseling Highlights

  • Classes held both in-person and online
  • 2 year full-time program (part-time available), start in any term
  • Emphases available
  • $726/unit tuition, with over $2 million in Scholarships available.

Curriculum & Electives


Core Curriculum: 30 units, 10 courses

Elective Options: 15 units

  • CPSY 200: Psychology of Interpersonal Communication
  • CPSY 212: Psychology of Relationships
  • CPSY 216: Psychology of Human Development
  • CPSY 218: Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 220: Research Methods
  • CPSY 227: Counseling Process
  • CPSY 231: Multicultural Counseling
  • CPSY 275: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • CPSY 291: Counseling for Grief, Loss and Trauma OR CPSY 320: Substance Abuse
  • CPSY 331: Field Experience (1 quarter, focused on professional goals)
  • All other CPSY courses. Courses outside of CPSY in consultation with advisors and in alignment with professional and educational goals.
  • Students have the option to add an emphasis in Alternative and Correctional Counseling, Health Psychology, Latinx Counseling, or LGBTQ+ Counseling, as outlined in Graduate Bulletin.
  • Students who plan to seek admission to a PhD program are advised to take multiple quarters of 331 (Field Experience) and to conduct supervised research and complete a formal 6-unit, two quarter MA Thesis (CPSY 399). MA Theses in the MA Counseling program will focus on topics related to Counseling Psychology.
 Comprehensive Exam in Counseling

Focus of the comprehensive exam will center on the theory and practice of counseling in non-mental-health care settings.

Emphases & Concentrations


We offer five specialized interest areas. Our four emphases function like a minor. Students who don't choose an emphasis may choose from a variety of electives. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Concentration is similar to the emphases, but requires additional elective coursework.

Navigate here to Latino Counseling

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

Navigate here to Health Psychology

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

Navigate here to LGBTQ 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.

Navigate here to Correctional Psychology

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

Navigate here to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Students will be trained to develop greater proficiency in supporting children, teens, and young adults. Coursework will focus on: issues in early intervention and infancy; issues in school-based settings; developmentally-appropriate interventions; working with disabled children and youth; trauma- informed care; evidence-based approaches to working with children and youth, including short term therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, family therapy, and much more.

One Column

"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