Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at KU
The master's degree in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas prepares individuals aspiring to work as counselors or in counseling-related fields or those hoping to proceed on into doctoral training. The program curriculum provides a broad and general introduction to counseling psychology theory, research and clinical practice. The program includes a required practicum in a counseling setting, generally in the northeast Kansas or Kansas City metropolitan areas. Students enrolled full-time can typically complete the program in two years but it can also be completed on a part-time basis. Our program faculty give priority to mentoring and training the next generation of multiculturally competent counselors.
Benefits of the program include:
- Specialized Accreditation - The master's degree in counseling psychology at KU is accredited by the Masters in Psychology & Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of July 2017 through July 2027.
- Program Reputation - KU’s master's degree in counseling psychology is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools.
- Real-world Application - Master's degree students see actual clients in our in-house training clinic & provide supervised counseling services to adults & adolescents while applying positive psychology and strengths-based counseling interventions.
- Full-time Faculty - Highly productive & internationally visible leaders in the field of counseling psychology.
- Preparation for Doctoral Studies - Program curriculum offers students a Ph.D. aspirant track for those who may consider pursuing a doctoral program after graduation.
- Focus on Diversity - 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. Learn more about KU's Office of Diversity & Equity.
- Vibrant Campus Environment - In the heart of the United States, the city of Lawrence revolves around the University and its students.
The counseling psychology MS program at the University of Kansas currently meets the educational requirements for master's-level training for professional counselors in the state of Kansas as outlined by K.A.R. 102-3-3a. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a U.S. territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license or certification in your home state or territory. Resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas can be found here.