MA in Counselling Psychology

Golden Gate University
United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
1 year
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Entry Requirements

Degree Requirements

  • Applicants seeking admission to a masters degree program must hold a bachelors degree from a regionally-accredited US college or university or a degree comparable to a US bachelor's degree from an accredited international institution.


  • Applicants must submit official transcripts -- and certified English translations -- from each school previously attended. Examination scores and mark sheets may be submitted if the institutions attended do not maintain transcripts.

English Language Proficiency

Proof of achieving Golden Gate University's English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements is required of all graduate applicants who are non-native speakers of English. The English proficiency tests we accept are TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.

  • TOEFL paper-based test (pBT): 550
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 79
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 57

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

  • Students admitted to the master of arts in psychology degree program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing¬†Graduate Writing, with a grade of B or better.

Math Proficiency Requirement

  • Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to Statistics

Psychotherapy Requirement

  • Students entering the counseling profession benefit professionally, personally and academically from personal psychotherapy. During the program, students must complete 50 hours of psychotherapy with a licensed clinician or therapist under supervision by a licensed clinician (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, MFT, LPCC, or LCSW). Students may select individual, couple, family, or group psychotherapy.


Required Courses

(Courses are 3 units unless otherwise noted)

  • Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists
  • Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
  • Group Models of Counseling
  • Applied Psychological Research
  • Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Child/Adolescent Psychology, Assessment and Treatment
  • Principles of Couple & Family Counseling
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors
  • The Neuroscience of Counseling and Psychopharmacology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Substance Use, Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions
  • Relational Abuse: Assessment, Treatment and Reporting
  • Special Issues in the Treatment of Families
  • Evidence-Based Practice Treatment
  • Community Mental Health
  • Cognitive-Behavioral and Short-Term Models of Counseling
  • Career Counseling and Development
  • Practicum in Counseling Psychology

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