Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The program area of Educational Psychology offers a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. The Counseling Psychology program emphasizes training in personal and interpersonal practice with individuals, children, couples, and families. The program prepares students to work with children and families as well as to improve personal and interpersonal functioning for individuals across the lifespan. 

This Master of Arts program offers a thorough preparation in individual assessment and four core areas of psychology such as psychopathology, psychological assessment, human development, and evidence-based theoretical approaches to conduct psychotherapy with individuals, children, couples, and families. Graduates of the program are uniquely prepared to administer psychological assessments, and work as mental health providers in community and private settings, college counseling/ and health centers, primary care settings, and employee assistance programs. 

Mental health professionals practicing counseling psychology with a master's degree are typically employed in agency and hospital settings, family and child welfare settings, or offer direct service in the private sector.

The State of Michigan is one of 17 states that recognize licensure (LLP) at the master's level while the remaining states license psychologists only at the doctorate level. Students will be eligible to apply for licensure at the master's level and take the national examination after successful completion of the M.A. program in Counseling Psychology.

Information about applying for a license as a health professional in the state of Michigan can be obtained by contacting the Board of Psychology or by writing the Board of Psychology, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or calling (517) 335‑0918 or from the appropriate Board in your state. The Psychology Laws & Licensing Boards in Canada & the United States is a good resources for information about psychology licensing for all states and Canadian providences.

Applications will be accepted between September 1st and February 15th. Early applications are encouraged. eligible candidates will be invited for a brief interview. Students are admitted to the program once year year in the fall semester. Classes are offered after 4:30 p.m. Students must complete all classes in the sequence offered to the cohort group. Please refer to the class schedule and class descriptions at  Course Content & Sequence for the course sequence. Students may begin their clinical practicum (20 hours per week) during the spring/summer of year two, or during the fall semester of year three as determined by the student and the clinical training/practicum supervisor. Classes are held on the main campus and a satellite location at the Oakridge Campus of Oakland Community College.

Strengths of the program:

  • Excellent instruction by faculty with practical experience
  • Faculty are involved in research
  • Integrated and comprehensive program
  • Program has existed for over 25 years and has an excellent reputation
  • Small classes (15) to facilitate discussions, student interaction, and instruction
  • Faculty are supportive and interactive
  • Convenient evening classes (after 4:30 p.m.)
  • Half of the classes are held on campus and half are held at the Farmington Hills campus
  • Bright and culturally diverse classmates
  • Reasonable tuition for the 2 ½ year program