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General Counseling Psychology

The two-year, 36-unit General Counseling Psychology specialization at Mount Saint Mary's University allows students to develop core counseling skills that apply across a range of non-profit and educational settings. In addition, these students develop skills to act as change agents who will advocate for diverse and underserved populations.

Format

Our weeknight format is designed for professionals and students with complex work and personal schedules who live busy lives. Students typically enroll into two courses (6 units) per term. Classes are offered: 

  • Monday through Thursday from 6:00PM – 9:00PM 
  • Three terms per year 
    • Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks; each class meets one night per week
    • Summer is an 8 week semester; each class meets two nights per week 

Coursework

The Mount gives you the freedom and flexibility to customize your own curriculum to fit your interests and career goals. Some students fill their 36 units with a variety of counseling courses (examples: Child & Adolescent Counseling, Group Counseling) while others choose to include coursework in Leadership, Diverse Populations, and an optional Thesis class. 

Careers

Many of our students and alums work in higher education (academic advising, career counseling, community college counseling), while some work in social service settings, behavioral intervention, early childhood settings, and a range of other roles in which they employ a combination of counseling and advocacy skills.

Thesis Option

The optional Thesis gives students the opportunity to become an “expert” in a certain population.  It is designed to be highly relevant to one’s career goals, serving as a personal marketing tool for job interviews.  It also provides research preparation for those who develop an interest in going on to doctoral programs.  Students who do not opt for a thesis fill their 36 units with coursework. 

Core Skills & Values

The GCP specialization does not lead to licensure; instead, it allows students to develop into change agents who will incorporate their counseling and advocacy skills as they serve diverse populations through a lens of equity and social justice. 

Let's Talk

You have questions, we have answers! Whether your question is brief or complex, we're here to help. 

Phone: 213-477-2800 
Email: gradprograms@msmu.edu 

Also, please feel free to contact our coordinator:
William Martinez, M.A. 
Instructor, Graduate Psychology 
Program Coordinator, General Counseling Psychology
Phone: 213-477-2655
Email: wmartinez@msmu.edu 

Course Planner

  • The program is usually completed in 2 years, with students taking 2 evening classes (6 units) per semester. The advisor will tailor this plan to fit the student’s schedule and needs.
  • An internship is not required for those students already working in their fields. Internship opportunities are supported for those who are looking to transition careers, particularly those moving into higher education. 

The Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) programs meet the standards and have been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science, leading to an MFT or PCC counselor license in California. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.