MA in Counseling Psychology

Course of Study

Total Semester Hours Required (for either track): 60

The curriculum was designed to meet the requirements of the State of Hawaiʻi licensure for mental health counselors.

Required courses (51 semester hours)

  • PSY 601 Applied Multivariate Statistic (4)
  • PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (3)
  • 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 (4)
  • 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 hours required)

An addtional nine (9) semester hours of PSY courses at the 600 or 700 level, not included in the list above.

Whether or not an elective course is offered is dependent on the availability of funding.

Students participating in class

Two Plans of Study

Students select a track after considering their career and academic goals and in collaboration with program faculty during the Fall semester of their first year in the program.

Thesis Track (Plan A)

Requires all course work list above (51 semester hours), including the practicum and internship, and a thesis of original research (9 semester hours). Students in the thesis track replace the elective courses with thesis research credits. Approximately 5-10% of students select the thesis track.

Non-Thesis Track (Plan B)

Requires all couse work list above (51 semester hours), including the practicum and internship. Students in the non-thesis track take 9 semester hours of electives to meet the 60 semester hour minimum. Approximately 90-95% of students select the non-thesis track.

Thesis Track (Plan A)

Year 1

Summer (3 credits)
  • PSY 611 Lifespan Human Development (3)
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 699 Directed Studies (To Be Arranged)
Spring Semester (16 credits)
  • PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (3)
  • PSY 603 Psychological Assessment (4)
  • PSY 622 Group Work & Counseling (4)
  • PSY 624 Counseling Skills (3)
  • PSY 699 Directed Studies (To Be Arranged)

Year 2

Summer (3 credits)
  • PSY 612 Career Development (3)
Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • 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)
  • PSY 659 Internship Supervision (3)
  • PSY 659F Internship Fieldwork (6)
  • PSY 700 Thesis Research (1–6)

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Non-Thesis Track (Plan B)

Year 1

Summer (3 credits)
  • PSY 611 Lifespan Human Development (3)
Fall Semester (13 credits)
  • PSY 601 Applied Multivariate Statistic (4)
  • PSY 604 Profssnl Identity, Ethics (3)
  • PSY 613 Psychopathology over Lifespan (3)
  • PSY 620 Counseling Theories (3)
Spring Semester (14 credits)
  • PSY 602 Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (3)
  • PSY 603 Psychological Assessment (4)
  • PSY 622 Group Work & Counseling (4)
  • PSY 624 Counseling Skills (3)

Year 2

Summer (6 credits)
  • PSY 612 Career Development (3)
  • Elective
Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • PSY 623 Social & Cultural Foundations (3)
  • PSY 640 Practicum Supervision (3)
  • PSY 640F Practicum Fieldwork (3)
  • Elective
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • PSY 659 Internship Supervision (3)
  • PSY 659F Internship Fieldwork (6)
  • Elective

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Note: This recommended full-time schedule, which includes summer months, was instituted in response to feedback from accreditation site visitors and students. This means that students begin taking courses during the summer of their first year. This new course schedule begins summer 2021.