M.S. Clinical/Counseling Program

The Masters of Science degree in clinical/counseling psychology is a 90-92 quarter-unit program designed to develop practical skills in counseling, through supervised training and experience, and knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter and research methodology. The program culminates with a thesis or comprehensive examination and an internship experience. Students receive close individual mentoring as only 10 to 15 students are admitted each year. The M.S. program operates an on-campus psychology clinic for clinical training purposes. The program is designed to meet the basic educational requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, effective August 1, 2012, which specifies the educational qualifications for licensure as marriage and family therapist (MFT). Additionally, the program has a track record of preparing students who later enter doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology.


Clinical/Counseling Psychology Faculty

(From left to right) David Chavez, Manijeh Badiee, Christina Hassija, and Michael Lewin (Program Director)

Financial Assistance

Some financial aid resources are available to our graduate students. Each year a few Teaching Assistants are available in the second year of training, and a few faculty have grants to hire research assistants. Some second-year internships offer a stipend. Student loans, offered through the Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) program, may be available if you are accepted into the program. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the campus Financial Aid Office at (909) 537-5227 early (i.e. before March) for information about these loans and other aid possibilities.

Licensing & Credentials

Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California enables individuals to work in clinical and community mental health settings, engage in private practice with third-party reimbursement, and, after two year of licensure, supervise MFT trainees and interns. Additionally, the high standards maintained for the California license means that other states with master's-level counseling licenses may recognize the MFT for reciprocity purposes. Please feel free to write or call any of the Clinical/Counseling faculty listed for more information about specific areas of interest to you.


Program Course Requirements

For students seeking admission in the Clinical/Counseling Option, the following also are required for classified status:

  1. Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
    1. PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology
    2. PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics
    3. PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology
    4. PSYC 385. Personality OR
      PSYC 386. Introduction to Psychotherapy
    5. PSYC 390. Abnormal Psychology

Program of Study for the Clinical/Counseling M.S. Degree

Thesis Option (91-92 units)

  1. PSYC 611. Advanced Independent Study (2-5) for a total of (5)
  2. PSYC 616. Child and Spousal Abuse (4)
  3. PSYC 618. Community and Public Mental Health (4)
  4. PSYC 619. Community Disaster, Trauma, and Resilience (4)
  5. PSYC 633. Professional Ethics and Law (4)
  6. PSYC 636. Cross-Cultural Counseling (4)
  7. PSYC 638. Substance Abuse: Detection, Assessment and Treatment (4)
  8. PSYC 640. Advanced Methods in Psychological Research (4)
  9. Four or five units chosen from:
    PSYC 641. Advanced Psychological Statistics (5)
    PSYC 642. Multiple Regression (4)
  10. PSYC 654. Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology (4)
  11. PSYC 665. Psychopathology (4)
  12. PSYC 667. Family Processes (4)
  13. PSYC 671. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills I (5)
  14. PSYC 672. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills II (5)
  15. PSYC 673. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills III (5)
  16. PSYC 679. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (4)
  17. PSYC 687A. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum (2)
  18. PSYC 687B. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum (2)
  19. PSYC 687C. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum (2)
  20. PSYC 697A. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (4)
  21. PSYC 697B. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (4)
  22. PSYC 697C. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (4)
  23. PSYC 699. Thesis (5)

Note. PSYC 688 Evidence Based Practice in MFT (4) and PSYC 682 Clinical Assessment (4) are required for those students that intend to pursue California licensure as a marriage and family therapist (MFT).

Comprehensive Examination Option (90 units)

  1. PSYC 612. Directed Readings (2-5) for a total of (5)
  2. PSYC 616. Child and Spousal Abuse (4)
  3. PSYC 618. Community and Public Mental Health (4)
  4. PSYC 619. Community Disaster, Trauma, and Resilience (4)
  5. PSYC 633. Professional Ethics and Law (4)
  6. PSYC 636. Cross-Cultural Counseling (4)
  7. PSYC 638. Substance Abuse: Detection, Assessment and Treatment (4)
  8. PSYC 640. Advanced Methods in Psychological Research (4)
  9. PSYC 654. Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology (4)
  10. PSYC 665. Psychopathology (4)
  11. PSYC 667. Family Processes (4)
  12. PSYC 671. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills I (5)
  13. PSYC 672. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills II (5)
  14. PSYC 673. Marriage and Family Therapy Skills III (5)
  15. PSYC 679. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (4)
  16. PSYC 687A. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I (2)
  17. PSYC 687B. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum II (2)
  18. PSYC 687C. Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum III (2)
  19. PSYC 697A. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (4)
  20. PSYC 697B. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (4)
  21. PSYC 697C. Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (4)
  22. Eight units of electives to be chosen from 500- or 600 level courses, excluding PSYC 575, 611 and 612.
  23. PSYC 999A. Comprehensive Examination: Clinical Counseling (0)

Note. PSYC 688 Evidence Based Practice in MFT (4) and PSYC 682 Clinical Assessment (4) are required for those students that intend to pursue California licensure as a marriage and family therapist (MFT).

To apply to the MS Clinical/Counseling Psychology program, please visit our Graduate Admissions webpage for deadlines and step-by-step instructions.


2015 MSCC Incoming Class

Top Row (left to right) Shaylyn Gulickson, Sailesh Maharjan, Monica Aguilar, Kimberly Gonzalez-Alfaro, Jose Navarro, and Olga Amador
Bottom Row (left to right) Lance Johns, Gloria Magana, Jennifer Popoff, Michelle Orozco, Krystal Zielen, Theresa Strand, and Natalie