Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Curriculum

Apply Now! The University of Saint Mary Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare you for licensure as either a professional counselor or a masters level psychologist.

Classes are taught by faculty members who have expertise in a variety of mental health areas. Our instructors hold doctorate degrees in psychology or related fields, and the majority have practiced in the mental health field.

In the graduate counseling psychology program, you’ll learn:

  • Group, social and cultural influences, as well as cognitive, developmental and biological influences on behavior

  • Recommended treatments and diagnostic indicators for major mental disorders

  • To evaluate empirical research; design research proposals; and communicate ideas effectively

  • Codes of ethics and standards of preparation and practice

  • Life span development, career decision-making, and lifestyle foundations

The counseling psychology curriculum gives you three different paths to satisfy State educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor or a masters level psychologist:

  • a 48 credit hour program for professional counseling in Missouri;

  • a 60 credit hour program for professional counseling in Kansas; or

  • a 60 credit hour program for master's level psychologist in Kansas.

 

Please Note: Licensure is granted by the individual states and is not guaranteed by the University of Saint Mary.

 

Core Courses

All core classes are three credit hours unless otherwise indicated, and are offered in a rotation. See our course descriptions tab for more specific information on courses.

  • PY 720 Historical Foundations of Psychology

  • PY 721 Advanced Social Psychology

  • PY 723 Advanced Psychopathology

  • PY 724 Life Span Development

  • PY 730 Methods of Research and Assessment

  • PY 731 Statistical Analysis in Counseling and Therapy

  • PY 733 Developmental and Cognitive Assessment

  • PY 734 Personality Assessment for Counselors and Therapists

  • PY 741 Issues in Ethics and Professional Development

  • PY 744 Career Development and Counseling

  • PY 745 Cognitive Processes

  • PY 746 Psychopharmacology for Counselors and Therapists

  • PY 748 Multicultural Counseling

  • PY 749 Helping Relationship Skills

  • PY 750 Counseling Theories

  • PY 751 Group Processes in Counseling and Therapy

  • PY 761 Practicum (credit hours vary from 6 to 15 depending on licensure)