Counseling Psychology Degree at KU
The academic coursework includes 60 credit hours and is designed to develop the knowledge base necessary for effective counseling. Review the program curriculum here.
Practicum is a crucial component of the curriculum, and successful completion of practicum is a prerequisite to receiving your degree. In addition to satisfactory performance in practicum courses, students have several responsibilities related to applying for practicum, selecting sites, documenting practicum activities, receiving supervision, and evaluating the practicum experience. More information on practica can be found in the policies and procedures handbook.
In accordance with our MPCAC accreditation, the Counseling Psychology Master's program will include significant supervised experiences, a minimum of 600 hours across at least two years. At least 240 of the supervised experiences must be direct contact hours. Most students will need to be enrolled in summer practicum for at least two years and they should be prepared for their program to extend into a third year (or more if part-time) in order to obtain the required hours. Students aspiring to be a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Kansas are advised to try to attain 350 direct contact hours.
Frequently students wish to gain more experience or gain experience in an area not afforded them through their practica. Typically those students would enroll in EPSY 895. More information on field experience can be found in the policies and procedures handbook.
Project, Thesis, or Comprehensive Exam
As one goal of the Master's program is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate skill in the integration of scientific and practice-related knowledge, students elect to complete one of three research options: 1) Master's Project; 2) Master's Thesis; or 3) Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). More information on the research options can be found in the policies and procedures handbook.