Applying to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology Program

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • A grade point average of 3.2 or better in your most recent 60 semester units of academic work
  • Before beginning courses in the program, accepted students must complete at least six undergraduate psychology courses including the following:
    • Introductory statistics
    • Abnormal psychology
    • A developmental psychology course (i.e., child psychology, human growth and development, or lifespan development).

Prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of no lower than “B-” (4.0 grading scale) and have been completed within five calendar years of beginning coursework in the Counseling Psychology graduate program. 

Time Commitment

The MS in Counseling Psychology classes meet between the hours of 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

For both semesters of the second year of the 3-year program, students must be available at least three weekday afternoons per week to obtain supervised, hands-on practicum experience in our University Counselor Training Clinic. In addition, students are required to be available three afternoons (1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) per week during the second year (Practicum I and II).

For both semesters of the last year, students must be available at least 20 hours per week during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for their clinical field placements in supervised settings within the community (Traineeship I and II).

Students who are employed full-time upon entering the program will likely need to modify their work schedule, especially during years two and three, to assure availability for mandated clinical and field work.


Application Procedures

Students who meet the admission requirements may apply to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology by following these steps:

1. Complete the MS in Counseling Psychology Program Application Packet. The application packet includes a program application and requires official transcripts, a 2-4 page personal statement describing your experiences, skills, and professional goals, three letters of recommendation, and a self-rating form. Use Mozilla Firefox to open the file below.

2. Complete the CSUB graduate application found at

3. Both applications and all supplementary materials required (e.g., transcripts) must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. Be sure to follow directions carefully, submit all required materials, and send them to the appropriate offices (the two applications go to different places).

If you have questions about applying to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology, please contact the Psychology Department Office at (661) 654-2363 or Dr. William Kelly at (661) 654-2315 or

Application Deadlines

The standard application deadline is March 1, 2019.

We will consider complete applications after the standard deadline and applications with prerequisites pending only if space is available after standard applications have been reviewed.

Contact Us

M.S. in Counseling Psychology
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway, 24 DDH
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Dr. William Kelly, Coordinator

Psychology Department Office
Dorothy Donahoe Hall, Room D107
Phone: 661.654.2363