Golden Gate University offers a license-eligible Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. This degree program provides students with the academic and clinical training required to practice relationally informed clinical work and to prepare alumni for employment in a variety of mental health settings, including community mental health agencies, hospitals, schools, and private practice. Our students learn to practice from a stance of cultural humility and to maintain ethical and best practice standards.
Traineeship is an integral part of our program, providing an opportunity for students to apply the skills learned in class to the clinical encounter. Students are required to complete 300 face-to-face clinical hours under clinical supervision and to concurrently attend our practicum seminar.
Our curriculum meets the MFT licensure requirements as set forth by section 4980.36(a) of the Business and Professions (B&P) code. The program satisfies all the educational requirements set by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and may provide some hours of supervised experience fulfilling part of the practical experience requirements. Our curriculum also meets the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Clinical counselor (LPCC) licensure as required by section 4999.54 of the Business and Professions (B&P) code.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement
Students entering the counseling profession benefit professionally, personally, and academically from personal psychotherapy. During the program, students must complete 50 hours of psychotherapy with a licensed clinician or a therapist under supervision by a licensed clinician (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, MFT, LPCC, or LCSW). Students may select individual, couple, family or group psychotherapy.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology will possess the skills and knowledge to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive and integrative knowledge of the field of counseling psychology relevant to mental health professionals, including human development, psychopathology, and group, family, couple, and individual dynamics.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and best practice standards that exist for professionals in their field.
- Demonstrate the capacity and willingness to practice psychotherapy from a stance of cultural humility.
- Demonstrate the capacity to practice individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy from a relational and systemic lens.
- Demonstrate knowledge of research designs and parameters of psychological research, particularly within the field of counseling psychology, and the capacity to critically assess psychological research.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree requires the completion of 60 semester units in the graduate program. Courses listed carry three semester units of credit unless otherwise noted.
Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing , with a grade of B or better.. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria. For further information, refer to our website. https://www.ggu.edu/shared-content/enrollment/proficiency-requirements/#graduate-writing-proficiency
Math Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to MATH 40 Statistics . The math proficiency requirement may be waived if the student has previously completed comparable courses at another accredited college or university, or passed the appropriate CLEP Exam or MATH 40 Proficiency Exam with an acceptable score. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the writing and math proficiencies requirements, but must complete them both by the time that 12 units have been earned in the advanced program.
Applicability of Undergraduate Psychology Courses (Pathway Programs)
As a pathway to the graduate-level counseling programs, students who complete the following undergraduate-level courses at Golden Gate University as a part of completing either the Bachelor of Arts in Management with a Concentration in Psychology or Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Psychology may have the comparable graduate-level required courses waived from their Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills, or Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution program requirements: PSYCH 102 Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications satisfies the PSYCH 302 Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists requirement. PSYCH 120 Principles and Methods of Counseling satisfies the PSYCH 320 Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills requirement. Note: Only students who complete, or are anticipated to complete, the Bachelor of Arts in Management with a Concentration in Psychology or Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Psychology are eligible for these waivers. As a consequence of having these courses waived, the total number of units required to complete the program will be reduced accordingly.
Required Courses - 60 units