1 year
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 56,100
Foreign students
USD 56,100
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology prepares students to practice relationally-informed psychotherapy in settings ranging from community mental health to hospitals to private practice. Students complete an in-depth traineeship that promotes the integration of theoretical knowledge with clinical practice. The degree satisfies the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Designed with flexibility in mind, the program offers both full-time and part-time enrollment options. The curriculum emphasizes integration of diverse and in-depth theoretical knowledge and clinical practice. Students are required to complete 350 face-to-face clinical contact hours, and, upon graduation, have completed more hours toward licensure than are required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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.