Wayne State University

Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Couple & Family 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 life span. 

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 will be prepared to work as mental health providers in community and private settings, primary care settings, and employee assistance programs.  Graduates of the Counseling Psychology program will also be eligible to continue toward the Educational Psychology Ph.D. with a concentration in School Psychology. This program continues the student’s preparation to work effectively with children, and/or their families with personal, familial, or educational challenges. Students may apply to the doctoral program in the fall semester of their second year in the masters program.

Information about licensure 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 1‑517‑335‑0918 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 1 and March 15. Early applications (with a February 15 deadline) are encouraged. Interviews are required of all applicants. Students are admitted to the program once each year and must begin the program in the summer semester (usually around July 4) of the academic year for which they are admitted. Classes are offered at 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 internship (20 hours per week) during the summer semester of year two, or the fall semester of year three as determined by the student and the internship supervisor. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program often start their internship in the summer semester. Classes are conducted on campus and at the Oakland Center in Farmington (about half at each location).

Strengths of the program:

  • Excellent instruction by faculty with practical experience
  • Faculty were trained by highly regarded universities
  • Faculty have years of experience preparing psychologists
  • Faculty are involved in research and are on the cutting edge of knowledge
  • 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 (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
  • Prepares you for further study and the Ph.D. level

Counseling Psychology Brochure

Graduates of the Counseling Psychology program are uniquely prepared to administer psychological assessments, interpret and use the results of those assessments, and conduct marital, family, and individual psychotherapy with clients across the life span. Students in the M.A. program are eligible for further study and may apply for the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology during the second year of study.  The PhD program is highly competitive and limited to a small number of students each year. Those interested in pursuing further study and research and are in excellent standing are encouraged to apply.

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.