M.S. in Counseling Psychology

The M.S. Program in Counseling Psychology is designed to meet the state of California 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 counseling skills, psychological testing, and diagnosing mental disorders. We feature therapy courses in child, couples, family, group, and individual counseling. Graduate students gain valuable, hands-on experience, in CSUB’s state-of-the-art University Counselor Training Clinic that provides low-cost counseling for the community.

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  Counseling Skills
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  Cultural Intersectionality in Counseling
CPSY 6250  Psychopharmacology
CPSY 6260  Addictions Counseling
CPSY 6270  Career Development Counseling
CPSY 6280  Couple & Sexuality Counseling
CPSY 6310  Theories of Individual Counseling
CPSY 6360  Advanced Counseling Skills
CPSY 6410  Theories of Family Counseling
CPSY 6420  Theories of Group Counseling
CPSY 6430  Theories & Techniques of Developmental Counseling with Children & Adolescents
CPSY 6460  Techniques of Group & Family 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.

Accepting applications for Fall 2023.  Application deadline is February 4, 2023.

Contact Us

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

Dr. Erika Harper, Director

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