Counseling Psychology Program Curriculum & Admission Requirements
Project, thesis, or comprehensive examination
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in counseling, psychology, or a related area (or a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in the behavioral sciences) with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited institution or a foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor’s degree requirements. International applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process well in advance of the application deadlines in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related paperwork. Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.
Criminal Background Check
To enroll as a student in good standing and to be placed in clinical practice sites (e.g., practicum, internship, field experience), students in the program must complete and satisfactorily clear a criminal background check with Validity Screening Solutions. Refusal to undergo the background check will result in denial of admission. The program faculty reserves the right to request additional background checks should issues arise and the faculty deems it necessary.
Students will establish specific course and program plans and requirements at the new student orientation during the first fall semester of enrollment. The program curriculum provides a broad and general introduction to counseling psychology theory, research and clinical practice. Program curriculum offers students a M.S. terminal track for those who want to get licensed after graduation and also offers a Ph.D. aspirant track for those who may consider pursuing a doctoral program after graduation. The program includes a required practicum in a counseling setting. Students enrolled full-time can typically complete the program in two and a half to three years but it can also be completed on a part-time basis.
Please note: This is only a potential plan of study. Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.
Student Admission, Outcomes, and Other Data
Counseling Psychology MS Program at the University of Kansas
|Academic Year of Entry||2019||2018||2017|
|Number of applicants||33||42||37|
|Number offered admissions||23||19||20|
|Number accepted offer of admission||11||10||11|
|Total enrolled in the program||11||10||11|
M.S. in Counseling Psychology
Applicants are required to submit the following materials and meet the following requirements before the application deadline:
Complete through the KU Office of Graduate Admissions
One official copy of academic transcripts from each college or university attended
English translation of transcripts
Official transcripts from an international university must include an English translation
Resume or CV
Statement of intent
1-2 page statement outlining one’s background and professional objectives
Online letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required as part of the application submission.
Proof of English proficiency
Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency
Financial document (international students only)
Required by U.S. government in order to issue the I-20 or DS-2019
$65 for U.S. residents; $85 for international applicants.
Admission & Curriculum Resources
The online application is designed to give applicants the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form. We invite you to explore our graduate degree information, review our student resources, and learn more on our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas.
Brian P Cole
Dr. Changming Duan
Kristen N. Hensley
Barbara Alane Kerr
Tamara Coder Mikinski