Applying to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology

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 two years of academic work
  • Three prerequisite courses completed within the last 5 years with a B- or better
    • Elementary statistics
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Child Psychology, Human Development (infancy through adolescence), or Life-span Development

Time Commitment

The MS in Counseling Psychology is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals. All classes meet between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, allowing many students to work while attending school.

For both semesters of the second year of the 3-year program, students must be available two weekday afternoons per week to obtain supervised, hands-on practicum experience in our University Counselor Training Clinic.

For both semesters of the last year, students must be available 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.


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. This application packet includes a program application and requires official transcripts, a seven to ten page personal statement describing your experiences, skills, and professional goals, three letters of recommendation, and a self-rating form. Use Mozilla Firefox to open one of the two files below.

2. Complete the CSUB graduate application found at

3. Both applications and all supplementary materials they require (e.g., transcripts) must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines. 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 Dr. Sarah Appleton at 661.654.3941 or

Application Deadlines

The early application deadline is February 15, 2017. Applications that are complete by this deadline (including completion of prerequisites and receipt of all supplementary materials) will be reviewed and an admission decision will be sent before the standard application deadline.

The standard application deadline is April 15, 2017. Complete applications received between February 16 and April 15 will be reviewed in this round.

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