Posted Student and Faculty Data as Required by Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

Data for the Year 2019-2020 (June 1 to May 31)

  • Number of applications received in academic year 2018-2019 to matriculate in academic year 2019-2020: 32
  • Of those applications, number of students admitted: 25
  • Of those admitted, number of students newly enrolled in academic year 2019-2020: 14 (8 in Hilo, 1 in Kailua-Kona, 2 on Kauai, 1 on Maui, and 2 on Oahu)
  • Total number of students enrolled in the program during the academic year 2019-2020: 33
  • Number of students who graduated in the academic year 2019-2020: 8 (due to the pandemic, 7 additional students graduated at the end of Summer 2020 or Fall 2020)
  • The graduation rate during the most recent eligible 5-year period (2016-20): 98% (this number includes those students who were slated to graduate in Spring 2020 but will finish in the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 due to the pandemic)
  • Percent of those who graduated in the years 2016 to 2018 who became fully licensed as mental health counselors: 6.7%
    • (Note: This number represents an undercount because in Hawaii, licensure applications cannot be submitted until all of the 3000 post-master’s hours are accrued. By law, the time to accrue 3000 hours cannot take less than 2 years. Also, the applicant is not allowed to take the National Counselor Exam until these 3000 hours are accrued and the application is received and processed. After the NCE score is returned, the licensure decision is made. Hence, the 2016-18 period is too recent to assess the success of licensure obtainment. As comparison, the percentage of licensure obtainment for those who graduated between 2015 and 2017 is 16%. The percentage of licensure obtainment for those who graduated between 2014 and 2016 is 29%.)
    • (Note: Additionally, this number further represents an undercount because it does not include alumni who are licensed in other states. We do not have information on in what states alumni who are not living in Hawaiʻi are now residing.)
  • Percent of courses taught by adjuncts or part-time faculty during the previous year: 0%
  • Number, ethnicity, and gender of faculty: 5 full-time faculty members; 3 men and 2 women; 2 Asian Americans, 1 Biracial (Asian American/European American), 2 European American.

Link to "Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council": MPCAC

For more information, you may contact Charmaine Higa-McMillan , Ph.D., Professor, Director and Field Placement Coordinator of the MA Program in Counseling Psychology (Specialization: Clinical Mental Health Counseling), higac@hawaii.edu.