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Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at KU

NOTE: In 2014, the M.S. program in counseling psychology moved to a 60 credit hour program.  Please see the Program Curriculum page for more details.

The master's program in counseling psychology prepares individuals aspiring to work as counselors or in counseling-related fields or those hoping to proceed on into doctoral training. The curriculum provides a broad and general introduction to Counseling Psychology theory, research and clinical practice. The program (1) includes a required practicum in a counseling setting, generally in NE Kansas or the Kansas City metro area (2) may lead to licensure in most states, however additional coursework may be required, and (3) is typically completed in two years but may be completed on a part-time basis.

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The committed and supportive counseling psychology faculty at KU:

  • Are highly productive and visible leaders in the field of counseling psychology nationally and internationally;
  • Value, respect, celebrate, and actively promote individual and cultural diversity in student recruitment, multicultural research, course offerings, and establishing a learning community supportive and encouraging to ALL students;
  • Give priority to mentoring and training the next generation of multiculturally competent counselors;
  • Conduct research through service in socially significant areas.

The community of KU offers:

  • A premier learning and research institution committed to full participation of previously excluded or neglected classes of people on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, and status as a veteran.
  • High university spirit toward excellence in academics, community building, and athletics.
  • More ethnic restaurants in Lawrence than in any other city of equivalent size in the mid-west.
  • A GREAT college town near the exciting and diverse Kansas City!

Highlights of faculty research:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychological Aspects of Leadership
  • Counseling in International and Multicultural Contexts
  • Career Decision Making Interventions
  • Currently active/open research teams:
    • Positive Psychology Research Team
    • Adaptive Career Decision Making Research Team
    • Multicultural Counseling Process and Outcome Research Team

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