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.

See Catalog description of program, degree requirements, and courses (PDF file)

Required Courses for the M.S. in Counseling Psychology (60 semester units)

CPSY 6110  Human Communication I
CPSY 6120 Psychopathology/Diagnostic Interviewing
CPSY 6130 Adult & Family Development
CPSY 6140 Clinical Ethics & Law
CPSY 6210 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 6220 Psychological Testing
CPSY 6240 Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling
CPSY 6250 Psychopharmacological & Chemical Dependency
CPSY 6260 Addications Counseling
CPSY 6270 Career Development Counseling
CPSY 6280 Couples & Sexuality Counseling
CPSY 6310 Theories of Individual Counseling
CPSY 6360 Techniques of Individual Counseling
CPSY 6410 Theories of Family Counseling
CPSY 6420 theories & Practice of Group Counseling
CPSY 6430 Counseling Children & Adolescents
CPSY 6460 Techniques of Group & Family Counseling
CPSY 6502 Couples Therapy
CPSY 6503 Techniques of Group Counseling
CPSY 6810 Practicum I
CPSY 6820 Practicum II
CPSY 6910 Traineeship I
CPSY 6920 Traineeship II

To learn more about the University Counselor Training Clinic or how to apply to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology program, click on the left sidebar.

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
(661) 654-3941