Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Course of Study

Total semester hours required: 60

Required courses (51 semester hours):

  • PSY 601 (4) Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • PSY 602 (3) Research Methodology and Program Evaluation
  • PSY 603 (4) Psychological Assessment
  • PSY 604 (3) Professional Identity, Ethics, and Legal Issues
  • PSY 611 (3) Lifespan Human Development
  • PSY 612 (3) Career Development
  • PSY 613 (3) Psychopathology over the Lifespan
  • PSY 620 (3) Counseling Theories
  • PSY 622 (4) Group Work and Counseling
  • PSY 623 (3) Social and Cultural Foundations
  • PSY 624 (3) Counseling Skills
  • PSY 640 (6) Counseling Practicum
  • PSY 659 (9) Internship

Electives (9 semester hours required):

  • PSY 656 (3) Child Maltreatment
  • PSY 657 (3) Psychopharmacology
  • PSY 693 (3) Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Adults
  • PSY 695 (3) Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Children and Families
  • PSY 694 (3) Advanced Topics (e.g., Chemical Dependency)
  • PSY 699 (3) Directed Studies
  • PSY 700 (3) Thesis Research (repeatable)

Note: Whether or not an elective course (other than 694, 699, and 700) is offered is dependent on the availability of funding.

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Full-time Students

Year 1:

Summer (4 credits):

  • PSY 601 (4) Applied Multivariate Statistics (online)

Fall Semester (12 credits):

  • PSY 602 (3) Research Methodology and Program Evaluation
  • PSY 604 (3) Professional Identity, Ethics, and Legal Issues
  • PSY 613 (3) Psychopathology over the Lifespan
  • PSY 620 (3) Counseling Theories

Spring Semester (11 credits):

  • PSY 603 (4) Psychological Assessment
  • PSY 622 (4) Group Work and Counseling
  • PSY 624 (3) Counseling Skills

Year 2:

Summer (9 credits):

  • PSY 611 (3) Lifespan Human Development (online)
  • PSY 612 (3) Career Development (online)
  • Elective (600-level or 400-level course) (online)

Fall Semester (12 credits):

  • PSY 623 (3) Social and Cultural Foundations
  • PSY 640 (6) Counseling Practicum
  • Elective (600-level of 400-level course)

Spring Semester (12 credits):

  • PSY 659 (9) Internship
  • Elective (3): Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Note: This recommended full-time schedule will apply to students who begin the program in the Fall of 2012 and in subsequent years. The Psychology Department has instituted this change in our format (from a four-semester to a six-semester schedule) in response to feedback from accreditation site visitors and current and former students. This sequence will be implemented beginning with the Fall 2012 incoming cohort. Students admitted for Fall 2012 and subsequent years will actually begin taking courses during the summer of their first year. However, it is not necessary for new students to be physically present in Hilo prior to the beginning of the Fall semester in late August because the summer course to be taken prior to August of the first year is an online course (Applied Multivariate Statistics, PSY 601).

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses do I have to take? All of the core courses are required.

How long does it take to graduate? Full-time students will be able to graduate in six semesters--two full years, including two summer semesters--if they follow the recommended sequence of courses shown above. For part-time students, it can take considerably longer to graduate, depending on the individual circumstances.

What happens if I fail to take a required course when recommended? You may have to wait until next academic year (or even two years, in some cases) in order to take that course. If the course serves as a prerequisite for other courses you may have to postpone taking those as well.

What courses can be transferred from other institutions? Courses that are equivalent to those taught at UH Hilo can be transferred.