Counseling Psychology (M.A.)

You feel called to help others. Our small, personal program is conducted by a dedicated, educated faculty of practicing clinicians. Together, you’ll explore both research and real-world experiences, getting personal attention, feedback and individualized clinical placement guidance.


People often ask what makes DelVal such a special place to learn. Here are just a few unique features of our M.A. in counseling psychology program. The program is small and personal, and our students are diverse, compassionate, and dedicated. The cohort structure ensures small classes, personal attention and feedback, ethical development, and individualized clinical placements.

  • Program tracks include social justice community counseling or child and adolescent counseling.
  • Our full-time and adjunct faculty are practicing clinicians with the highest level of education in their field. They bring both research and real-world experiences to the classroom. Their dedication to our students is unlike anything you will see elsewhere.
  • Our supportive and collaborative learning community fosters growth and development on many levels. Faculty collaborate with students to conduct research and to present together at conferences and professional associations.
  • Our full-time clinical coordinator works individually with each student, beginning in the first semester, to define and craft practicum and internship experiences. These placements help to develop your professional path and often lead to employment opportunities during and after your time in the program.
  • You will practice and refine your skills in our state-of-the-art counseling lab. It is a great space to learn by doing and to develop confidence and clinical skill.

DelVal offers a general master of arts degree in counseling psychology with two specializations. In an effort to meet community needs and train mental health professionals to effectively treat the full spectrum of adjustment and psychological concerns, students could choose to specialize in one of two sub-tracks:

Child and Adolescent Counseling
The focus is on human development, assessment and intervention. Practitioners work with children and families across the lifespan.

Social Justice Community Counseling
The focus is on facilitating systemic change via social justice initiatives, client advocacy, emphasis on traditionally marginalized groups, working with cultural and sexual diversity, and competent multicultural counseling when working with adults and families.

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Child and Adolescent Counseling Curriculum

All students will complete 60 credits of coursework in counseling psychology including 12 credits (four classes) in their chosen track.

Core Courses (39 credits)
  • Career Counseling
  • Advanced Life Span Development
  • Research Methods in Counseling
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Concepts of Psychopathology and Wellness
  • Advanced Theories of Counseling and Intervention
  • Group Counseling
  • Advanced Counseling Techniques
  • Advanced Multicultural Counseling
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Practicum
  • Internship with Seminar I
  • Internship with Seminar II
Electives (Choose 3; 9 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Research
  • Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Independent Research
General Electives (Choose 4; 12 Credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Advanced Childhood Psychopathology and Wellness
  • Child and Adolescent Research
  • Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Advanced Couples and Family Counseling
  • Sexualities
  • Advocacy and Social Justice Counseling
  • Independent Research
  • Foundations of Addictions
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Accreditation

The University’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April 2019 through April 2029.

Social Justice Community Counseling Curriculum

All students will complete 60 credits of coursework in counseling psychology including 12 credits (four classes) in their chosen track.

Core Courses (39 credits)
  • Career Counseling
  • Advanced Life Span Development
  • Research Methods in Counseling
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Concepts of Psychopathology and Wellness
  • Advanced Theories of Counseling Intervention
  • Group Counseling
  • Advanced Counseling Techniques
  • Advanced Multicultural Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Practicum
  • Internship with Seminar I
  • Internship with Seminar II
Electives (Choose 3; 9 credits)
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Advanced Couples and Family Counseling
  • Sexualities
  • Advocacy and Social Justice Counseling (*required)
  • Independent Research
Electives (Choose 4; 12 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Advanced Childhood Psychopathology and Wellness
  • Child and Adolescent Research
  • Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Advanced Couples and Family Counseling
  • Sexualities
  • Advocacy and Social Justice Counseling
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Frequently Asked Questions

The graduate program is completed as a cohort in three years and is considered a full-time graduate course load. Classes are offered in the evening. Students generally take three classes (nine credits) during the fall and spring semesters and two classes (six credits) during the summer semesters. Some theory-based classes may be offered in a hybrid course format (a combination of online and face to face) to allow for increased flexibility in scheduling. There is also a 100-hour clinical practicum and a 600-hour clinical internship that is part of the program’s structure.

A cohort is a group of students that start and progress through the program together. Students are admitted only for a fall semester start. The cohort allows the development of collaboration and community, which fosters the close, strong mentoring relationships with peers and faculty that are a hallmark of this program. As part of a cohort, your schedule is predictable, and there is no competition for course registration. Because this unique structure allows for only a limited number of students, we recommend applying early.

To apply, the following items are required:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate schools attended, with evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal interview (by invitation only)
  • Application fee

As a program prerequisite, applicants must have completed four undergraduate psychology classes with a grade of “B” or better. We encourage those from diverse academic backgrounds with an interest in counseling psychology to apply. Those with undergraduate degrees in social science or human service related fields (i.e., psychology, counseling or social work) will typically not have issues with the prerequisite requirement. Please contact us so we can assess your credentials and provide you will guidance on the prerequisites.

We have limited spaces in the program, so we recommend applying early.

No. However, students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA below 3.0 may be asked to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Please consult us before registering for a standardized test so that we can assess your credentials.

Classes are scheduled in the early evening, and some students do work while attending school, particularly during the first year and a half prior to the practicum and internship. However, students need to plan for the 100-hour clinical practicum and the 600-hour clinical internship during the second half of the program.

We are one of the only graduate programs that have a dedicated counseling psychology lab for student development. Skill-based courses are highly interactive and held in the lab, where students will role-play, practice, and learn through hands-on experience. Practice sessions can be observed, recorded and reviewed to provide authentic feedback and growth opportunities. The lab is a cornerstone of our program.
Further, each student is also required to complete a 100-hour clinical practicum and the 600-hour clinical internship as part of the program requirements.

Research opportunities and conference attendance is an important part of a counselor’s professional development. Our faculty are heavily involved in professional organizations and conferences. We actively include our students in these opportunities and have some funding available to send students to conferences. Our students frequently attend and present at conferences with our faculty. This is a great way to start building your professional identity and network.

Yes. Our full-time clinical coordinator, a licensed professional counselor, works closely and individually with each student to ascertain clinical interests and professional goals. Because we are a small program, we are able to help match you with opportunities that will enhance your professional growth. You receive individualized attention and support to enhance your learning throughout this important part of your education.

Contact
Danielle Pedrotty, Administrative Director