MA in Counseling Psychology

Course of Study

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Program Curriculum

The program curriculum has a 60 credit minimum requirement, which was designed to meet the State of Hawaiʻi coursework requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor.

Required courses (51 semester credits)

  • PSY 601 Applied Multivariate Statistic (4)
  • PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (4)
  • PSY 603 Psychological Assessment (4)
  • PSY 604 Profssnl Identity, Ethics (3)
  • PSY 611 Lifespan Human Development (3)
  • PSY 612 Career Development (3)
  • PSY 613 Psychopathology over Lifespan (3)
  • PSY 620 Counseling Theories (3)
  • PSY 622 Group Work & Counseling (3)
  • PSY 623 Social & Cultural Foundations (3)
  • PSY 624 Counseling Skills (3)
  • PSY 640 Practicum Supervision (3)
  • PSY 640F Practicum Fieldwork (3)
  • PSY 659 Internship Supervision (3)
  • PSY 659F Internship Fieldwork (6)

Electives (9 semester credits)

An additional nine (9) semester credits of PSY courses at the 600 or 700 level, not included in the list of required courses.

Whether an elective course is offered is dependent on the availability of funding.

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Optional Concentrations

All students in the program complete the coursework listed above (51 credits), including the practicum and internship. Students complete 9 credits of general electives to meet the 60 credit minimum for the master’s degree.

Additionally, students may select one or more Concentrations during the Fall semester of their first year in the program.

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) Concentration

Students in this concentration take 6 credits of substance use disorder (SUD) courses as part of their elective course requirements. They must additionally complete a practicum and internship at a field placement site that focuses on SUD treatment. Students pursuing this concentration will be eligible for the CSAC Certificate upon graduation. Please note that in addition to completing these requirements, the State of Hawaiʻi currently requires CSAC applicants to pass a national exam as well as submit other documentation. Please visit the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division for more information.

Thesis Concentration

Students in this concentration complete a thesis of original research (9 credits). Students in the thesis concentration replace the elective courses with thesis research credits. Thesis students are still required to complete the practicum and internship.

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Compare the Concentrations

CMHC Specialization (No Concentration) CSAC Concentration Thesis Concentration
Year 1 Year 1 Year 1
Summer (3 credits) Summer (3 credits) Summer (3 credits)
PSY 611 Lifespan Human Development (3) PSY 611 Lifespan Human Development (3) PSY 611 Lifespan Human Development (3)
Fall Semester (13 credits) Fall Semester (13 credits) Fall Semester (14 credits)
PSY 601 Applied Multivariate Statistic (4)
PSY 604 Profssnl Identity, Ethics (3)
PSY 613 Psychopathology over Lifespan (3)
PSY 620 Counseling Theories (3)
PSY 601 Applied Multivariate Statistic (4)
PSY 604 Profssnl Identity, Ethics (3)
PSY 613 Psychopathology over Lifespan (3)
PSY 620 Counseling Theories (3)
PSY 601 Applied Multivariate Statistic (4)
PSY 604 Profssnl Identity, Ethics (3)
PSY 613 Psychopathology over Lifespan (3)
PSY 620 Counseling Theories (3)
PSY 605 Intro to the Master's Thesis (1)
Spring Semester (14 credits) Spring Semester (14 credits) Spring Semester (16 credits)
PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (4)
PSY 603 Psychological Assessment (4)
PSY 622 Group Work & Counseling (3)
PSY 624 Counseling Skills (3)
PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (4)
PSY 603 Psychological Assessment (4)
PSY 622 Group Work & Counseling (3)
PSY 624 Counseling Skills (3)
PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (4)
PSY 603 Psychological Assessment (4)
PSY 622 Group Work & Counseling (3)
PSY 624 Counseling Skills (3)
PSY 699 Directed Studies (To Be Arranged)
Year 2 Year 2 Year 2
Summer (6 credits) Summer (6 credits) Summer (3 credits)
PSY 612 Career Development (3)
• PSY 6XX Elective (3)
PSY 612 Career Development (3)
PSY 661 Substance Use Disorders (3)
PSY 612 Career Development (3)
Fall Semester (12 credits) Fall Semester (12 credits) Fall Semester (12 credits)
PSY 623 Social & Cultural Foundations (3)
PSY 640 Practicum Supervision (3)
PSY 640F Practicum Fieldwork (3)
• PSY 6XX Elective (3)
PSY 623 Social & Cultural Foundations (3)
PSY 640 Practicum Supervision (3)
PSY 640F Practicum Fieldwork (3) (@ SUD site)
PSY 662 Substance Abuse Treatment (3)
PSY 623 Social & Cultural Foundations (3)
PSY 640 Practicum Supervision (3)
PSY 640F Practicum Fieldwork (3)
PSY 700 Thesis Research (1–6)
Spring Semester (12 credits) Spring Semester (12 credits) Spring Semester (12 credits)
PSY 659 Internship Supervision (3)
PSY 659F Internship Fieldwork (6)
• PSY 6XX Elective (3)
PSY 659 Internship Supervision (3)
PSY 659F Internship Fieldwork (6) (@ SUD site)
• PSY 6XX Elective (3)
PSY 659 Internship Supervision (3)
PSY 659F Internship Fieldwork (6)
PSY 700 Thesis Research (1–6)