Masters Program in Psychology, Counseling

Master of Arts in Psychology, Counseling

The program is designed to help students acquire a broad-based knowledge of psychology in its historical and cultural contexts, both as an empirical science of human behavior and as a foundation for a professional career in human services. The Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling explores areas such as psychological assessments, research, bibliographic methods, clinical issues in human diversity, treatment options, and group counseling. It includes an experimental component in which the student works under supervision at an approved counseling site.

The degree curriculum meets the education requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, membership in the National Board of Certified Counselors and membership in the American Psychological Association. In addition to Counseling Brandman offers alternative emphasis options including:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Career Counseling: Apply career development theories and techniques to work/career issues and problems.
  • Advanced Individual Counseling: Implement theory and techniques from multiple orientations to therapeutic problems of individuals.
  • Assessment, Psychopathology and Diagnostics: Apply assessment techniques to include crisis evaluation and diagnostic assessment to clinical cases.
  • Ethics, Law, and Professional Issues: Apply ethical and professional decision making to issues in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling.
  • Group Counseling Theories and Interventions: Implement theory and techniques to facilitate a group process.
  • Psychopharmacology: Analyze the role of the psychopharmacological agents on the prevention and treatment of psychological dysfunction.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have regular admission status prior to enrollment in graduate coursework. Applicants from the Washington Campuses are permitted to enroll in up to 12 credits of graduate coursework prior to receiving regular admission.
  • Department of Psychology Supplemental: includes Licensing and Certification and Ethical & Professional Responsibility Statement
    • Note that licensing and certification agencies typically have regulations denying licensure or certification to anyone who has been convicted of a felony, most especially one which reflects an offense which would be a cause for disciplinary action if committed by one already holding the license. Please contact the licensing board in the state you plan to license for clarification of how a conviction may affect licensing. This clarification should be done before the application for admission to this program is submitted.
  • Psychology Program Introduction Video: viewing and acknowledging that the video was reviewed
  • Autobiographical Statement, 3 – 4 pages: The autobiographical statement should be sent directly to campus to which you are applying.
    • Include childhood, family and (if applicable) marital data and values derived from these experiences in relation to your choice of a career in marriage and family therapy/counseling. Incorporate two or three relevant experiences that have helped to shape your development and personality.
    • Discuss how you arrived at this point in your career development. Include any relevant professional experience.
  • Three Psychology Recommendation Forms
    • From individuals who know you in a professional, and/or academic, and /or personal context (i.e. skills with youth, intellectual problem solving skills, character). Relatives may not submit recommendations.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, submit passing scores from:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score of 300 on the combined scores of the Verbal and Quantitative subsections of the GRE or score at or above the 60th percentile on the Graduate Subject Test in psychology.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

(Offered at Washington campuses only)

Foundation Courses (15 credits)

PSYU 501 The Counseling Process 3
PSYU 508 Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care 3
PSYU 511 Psychological Assessment 3
PSYU 532 Research & Bibliographic Methods 3
PSYU 578 Ethical & Professional Issues 3


Adult Counseling Core (6 credits)

PSYU 570 Advanced Psychopathology & Diagnosis 3
PSYU 575 Advanced Individual Counseling I 3


Marriage and Family Studies (3 credits)

PSYU 541 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis 3


Multicultural Counseling and Techniques (3 credits)

PSYU 613 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity 3


Specialized Topics (15 credits)

PSYU 533 Psychopharmacology 3
PSYU 581 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders 3
PSYU 586 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
PSYU 617 Transition to Work and Career 3
PSYU 652 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling 3


Practicum (6 credits)

PSYU 688 3
PSYU 689 3


Total Credits 48
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