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M.S. in Counseling Psychology

The M.S. Program in Counseling Psychology is designed to meet the state educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Licensed counselors can work in the public sector and non-profit settings like county mental health clinics, child guidance clinics, group foster homes, school districts, hospitals and HMOs, juvenile hall, and prison settings. They can also work in the private sector where they are employed by companies, for-profit agencies, and private practices.

Educational licensing requirements are met through our program, which offers:

  • A foundation in theories of counseling that build strong relationships with clients and knowledge of effective treatment approaches
  • Experiential learning, through which students learn and practice relevant skills and come to trust their own internal experience in work with clients
  • An understanding and sensitivity to the effects of diverse individual, familial, and cultural factors
  • The tools needed for life-long learning and continued professional development

The Counseling Psychology curriculum includes courses in communication skills, psychological testing, and diagnosing mental disorders. We feature therapy courses in child, couples, family, group, and individual adult counseling. Graduate students gain valuable hands-on experience in CSUB’s state-of-the-art University Counselor Training Clinic that provides low-cost counseling in the community and utilizes the latest technology.

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Degree Requirements for the M.S. in Counseling Psychology (90 quarter units)

CPSY 512   Psychological Testing 
CPSY 520 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 530 Human Sexuality
CPSY 535 Domestic Violence
CPSY 540 Theories of Individual Counseling
EDCS 570 Career Counseling
CPSY 600 Human Communication
CPSY 610 Psychopathology and Diagnostic Interviewing
CPSY 620 Adult and Family Development
CPSY 630 Clinical Ethics
CPSY 631 Legal and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
CPSY 633 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling
CPSY 634 Psychopharmacology
CPSY 636 Chemical Dependency
CPSY 642 Behavioral Intervention
CPSY 643 Cognitive Intervention
CPSY 644 Dynamic Intervention
CPSY 645 Dyadic Intervention
CPSY 650 Theories of Family Counseling
CPSY 651 Techniques of Family Counseling
CPSY 660 Theories of Group Counseling
CPSY 661 Techniques of Group Counseling
CPSY 672 Theories and Techniques of Counseling with Children and Adolescents
CPSY 681 Practicum I
CPSY 682 Practicum II
CPSY 683 Practicum III
CPSY 691 Traineeship I
CPSY 692 Traineeship II
CPSY 693 Traineeship III
CPSY 697 Master's Examination in Counseling Psychology


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Designed for Working Professionals

The M.S. Program 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 students to work while attending school. In the last year of the 3-year program, 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.

Contact Us

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


Office: Dorothy Donahoe Hall, Room D107
Phone: 661.654.2363


Dr. Sarah Appleton
M.S. Program Contact Person
sappleton3@csub.edu