The Psychology and Counseling program helps students develop skills in practical applications of psychology and clinical mental health counseling. Such competencies are grounded in theory and research, personal experience, and self-knowledge, and are influenced by current social complexities and the state of psychology. These skills can be used in clinical, research, and community settings. Graduate study in Psychology and Counseling consists of a unique combination of intensive campus residencies and directed, independent study in the student’s home community.
Coursework leads to one of three degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Master of Arts in Psychology
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Students seeking state licensure or other certification are responsible for gathering information about the current requirements and for bringing this information with them to their first residency. Meeting licensure or certification requirements is solely the responsibility of the students. Faculty advisors work to help students design study plans that enable them to prepare for those requirements, while also meeting the general college requirements and those arising from their individual interests. It is of particular importance for students to know the state requirements around supervised internship hours and to be proactive in setting up an internship that will meet their academic and licensure needs. The licensure coordinator will assist students in this process.
In addition to working with students as Academic Advisors, the faculty in the Psychology and Counseling program also work with students as Course Mentors. The Course Mentor’s job is to work closely with a student to design, execute, and evaluate a specific course. Full-time, graduate students can work with up to four different Course Mentors a semester. A student’s Academic Advisor can also act as their Course Mentor. A student cannot work with the same faculty member for all four courses in any given semester unless they have designed a thesis to take place within one semester. In each semester students will take at least one course with their Academic Advisor, unless the Advisor feels that working with other faculty would be of greater benefit to the student.
Course Mentors are assigned by the Program Director with input from the students based on their Mentor Preference Selection Form. Because of the nature of our program, faculty members are hired not only for their strengths in a specialty area, but also for their ability to work with students in many areas of the field. As a result, more than one faculty member offers many courses.
Prerequisites for Admissions to Graduate Programs
In order to enroll in the graduate programs in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, a student must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Further, students need to know the concepts and language of the basic domains in psychology.
In general, students must have completed coursework in the following prerequisite areas:
|History & Systems of Psychology||3|
|Biological Bases of Behavior||3|
|Social Bases of Behavior||3|
|Learning & Cognition||3|
Students who have not fulfilled the prerequisites may receive a provisional admission to the graduate programs that requires completion of a Pre-Graduate semester.