The Master of Counseling Psychology Program

Chaminade University’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program is designed to prepare graduates for work in the community and schools, assisting children, youth, and adults in adapting to various educational, family, organizational, and societal demands. Coherence among curriculum, instruction, clinical experience, and assessment across a candidate’s program is established in several ways, including the foundational use of National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) standards. The MSCP program at Chaminade University utilizes the standards of the NBCC and CACREP as the framework for curricular experience and demonstrated knowledge of the common core areas that are required of all students across each of the three emphases: school counseling, mental health counseling, and marriage and family counseling. The MSCP program is structured so that all students have a strong theoretical foundation and basic counseling skills development before they enter the clinical portion of the program. The clinical portion of the program occurs during the last three terms of the program. Thus, students move from common foundation courses through common core courses and emphasis-specific courses. The vision of the MSCP program is to develop qualified, effective counselors while strengthening partnerships in the community.

School Counseling

Designed to prepare students to work as counselors within school settings, K-12, for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the learning process within the context of academic development, career development, and personal/social development.

Mental Health Counseling

Designed to prepare students to work as counselors to help children, adolescents, and adults help themselves in adapting cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally to various interrelated environments.

Marriage and Family Counseling

Designed to prepare students as counselors in family systems to help children, adolescents, and adults help themselves in adapting cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally to various interrelated environments as family systems counselors.

Curriculum

Review core curriculum, elective courses, and requirements for areas of concentration.

Prospective Students

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Prospective Students

Applicants to the MSCP program should have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. However, if the GPA is below 3.0, applicants will be considered if supporting documents and the interview indicate potential for success in the field. Applicants may be admitted to the program at any time during the academic year. All materials must be submitted no later than one month prior to the starting date of classes for the term in which admittance is desired. Terms begin early July, October, January and April.

Required Documents

1. Graduate application and fee (Online Application) 2. Recommendation Form (Download Form) Using the departmental Applicant Recommendation Form, applicants must submit three academic/professional recommendations from university personnel, professionals within the mental health field, or other professionals qualified to comment on the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study in counseling psychology. Recommenders should be able to comment on the applicant’s intellectual, academic, personal, social, and emotional qualities that may pertain to graduate study and to success in the field of counseling psychology. The Applicant Recommendation Form is included with the application packet or may be downloaded from the MSCP web page. 3. Official transcript Applicants applying to the MSCP program must submit an official transcript indicating a completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended for admittance.

4. Personal Interview Upon receipt of all required documents, the MSCP program will contact all degree-seeking applicants to schedule a formal interview with a designated member of the MSCP faculty or staff.5. TOEFL An applicant from a foreign country who speaks English as a second language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language with a (TOEFL) score of at least 550. The TOEFL is waived for foreign students who have graduated from an accredited American college or university. See the international students page for additional admission requirements for international students.
Required Documents - Non-Degree Seeking

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application and fee (Online Application)
  2. Two Applicant Recommendation Forms (Download Form)
  3. Official transcript with the date degree conferred
  4. Letter of intent to the program director

If an Unclassified student wishes to become a degree-seeking candidate, the student must reapply by following the application procedure above for degree-seeking candidates.

Admission Status

Applicants are admitted in one of three classifications:

  1. Classified: Degree-seeking students who have submitted all necessary application materials and have received a letter of full acceptance from the program.
  2. Provisional: Students who have not been fully accepted but are considered possible candidates for admission may be admitted on provisional status. While on provisional status, the student must maintain a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Unclassified: Non-degree-seeking individuals may be admitted as unclassified students which allows them to take up to four courses (12 credits) in the program as long as the prerequisite is met and with the approval of the director. Any required prerequisites for a course count as part of the 12 credits.
Special Conditions

Respecialization: Applicants who have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University or another accredited university (with clinical training) may apply to acquire an additional area of specialization in Chaminade University’s MSCP program. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application and fee (Online Application)
  2. Official transcript with the date of the highest degree earned
  3. Two Applicant Recommendation Forms (Download Form)
  4. Letter of intent to the program director
  5. Interview: Applicants from another university must complete a formal interview with a designated member of the MSCP faculty or staff.

Admit Status: If accepted, students must meet with the clinical director of the area of re-specialization as their advisor. An academic plan must be prepared before beginning courses. See degree requirements for respecialization course requirements.

Public Disclosure of Accreditation

Program Accreditation

Accreditation for the Master of Counseling Psychology, School Counseling Program The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, School Counseling program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Counseling (TEAC) Quality Principles, which is now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).