What to Expect
You’ll expand your knowledge through classroom and clinical training for individual and group counseling, interviewing, crisis intervention, psychological testing, and professional issues and ethics. You’ll get real-world experience serving clients in our on-campus clinic under the supervision of experienced faculty mentors. And at the completion of the program, you will have fulfilled all the courses required for licensure in Texas.
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.
Credit hours: 60
Program length: 2 years
2022/2023 tuition per credit hour: $1,397
Clinical Research Methods
Fall Start International Students: Feb. 15
Fall Start Priority Review (to be considered for scholarships & grad assistantships): March 30
Fall Start: Aug. 10
Spring Start: Dec. 1
As a graduate student in ACU’s Department of Psychology, you’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty mentors with the goal of presenting research at professional conferences. Most recently, our students have presented scholarly projects at the American Psychological Association, the Southwest Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, Texas Association of School Psychologists, and the International Christian Association of Psychological Studies.
- Note: It is important to become familiar with the licensing laws and rules of the licensing board in the state in which you plan to pursue licensure. The requirements vary widely from state to state.
A Master of Science in Counseling Psychology opens a variety of career opportunities, including counseling psychologist, behavioral specialist, mental health counselor, guidance counselor and addiction/substance abuse counselor.
- Complete the online application;
- Pay the $65 application fee;
- An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
- Unconditional admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.5-4.0. If an applicant meets all other requirements and has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0-3.49, he/she may be admitted on probation. The condition of probation means that the applicant must make a final grade of B or above in each of the first 4 courses required in his/her program. Failure to do so will result in suspension from the program;
- Three letters of recommendation. At least two must be from psychology faculty or psychologists who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work;
- Completion of at least 12 undergraduate semester hours in psychology including: statistics, experimental psychology, abnormal psychology and 3 additional hours that may be physiological, developmental psychology, cognition or principles of learning or an acceptable substitute. The applicant must have made a grade of B or higher in each of the prerequisite course. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate program courses; they may not be taken concurrently;
- A written statement (600-800 words) describing professional goals, interests and reasons for choosing to enter the psychology program at ACU;
- Because all professional psychology programs require students to provide services to clients in practicum sites, non-native speakers of English must pass an interview with two ACU psychology department faculty to establish that the applicant has sufficient skills in English and American culture to provide services to clients in practicum settings;
- International applicants also must meet the university’s English language test requirements;
- The Department of Psychology does not consider the GRE or other test as part of its admission requirements.
See full ACU graduate admission requirements here.