2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling Psychology, MS (Online)


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California Baptist University’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) degree program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of either marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a firm understanding of marriage and family therapy and clinical counseling from a distinctly Christian worldview. Catering to a diverse range of professional and personal goals, the MSCP program offers a curriculum that academically prepares students for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) licensure, as well as additional optional coursework to meet the Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licensure coursework requirements. In order to satisfy the academic requirements for the Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) license, the student must complete the Counseling Psychology (MFT) program courses and the additional Professional Clinical Counselor courses.

CBU’s MSCP program is offered in both online and on-campus delivery options. Concentrations in forensic psychology and the dual degree with the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry are only available with on-campus delivery. The PCC concentration is available to online delivery students residing in California and those selecting on-campus delivery.

Additional Admissions Requirements


Admission standards for graduate studies at California Baptist University can be found in the admissions section of the University Catalog. In addition, each candidate must meet the following requirements for this program:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation or the evaluated equivalency
    • Students whose undergraduate degree is not in Psychology must take either:
      • General Psychology (preferred) or Life Span Development
      • Outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed within the first semester of graduate enrollment

Program Requirements (62-68 units)


The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program is the oldest master’s program at CBU. This prestigious faith-based degree equips students with the ability to reconcile and restore relationships affecting individuals, couples and families.

The MSCP program offers a curriculum that academically prepares students for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) licensure, as well as additional optional coursework to meet the Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licensure coursework requirements.

The MFT program consists of 62 units of rigorous academic and practical preparation for students seeking MFT licensure.

Optional Professional Clinical Counselor Requirements (6 units)


The Professional Clinical Counselor requirements, when added to the core requirements, meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) in California.

Comprehensive Examination


Students in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program will be required to successfully pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The exam will be taken concurrent with the Practicum during the last year of the program. Students may retake the exam once to remediate any deficiency. There is a $125 fee associated with the exam administration and scoring.

Psychotherapy Requirement


Students entering the graduate program in Counseling Psychology will be required to complete twenty-four (24) hours of individual psychotherapy or fifty (50) hours of group psychotherapy with a licensed psychotherapist. This therapy must be done outside the campus community and may not include therapists who have any teaching relationship with California Baptist University.

Students completing the psychotherapy requirement may obtain the psychotherapy form from the Academic offices.

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