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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University is a 60-credit hours degree program designed to provide specialized education in the field of counseling psychology. The program is designed to help graduates meet the educational criteria required for licensed mental health counselors in Kansas and Missouri.

The Avila University Psychology department is committed to the scientist-practitioner model to train masters-level counseling psychologists for the delivery of mental health services in a variety of settings, such as private practice, mental health clinics, counseling centers, and human service agencies. Students who earn a masters degree in counseling psychology will be able to assist people experiencing social, behavioral, and personal mental health problems through a variety of approaches and learned techniques.

Course Requirements - 60 credit hours

PY 605 The Helping Relationship

PY 612 Advanced Cognitive Processes

PY 615 Career Development

PY 617 Research Design and Analysis I

PY 621 Advanced Developmental Psychology

PY 627 Research Design and Analysis II

PY 630 Theories of Counseling

PY 645 Personality Assessment

PY 650 Biological Bases of Behavior

PY 656 Multicultural Counseling

PY 660 Theories and Methods of Group Counseling

PY 667 Psychopathology I

PY 668 Psychopathology II

PY 693 Ethics and Professional Development

PY 694 The Helping Relationship II

PY 695 Internship
Electives 9 credit hours



Students in the Counseling Psychology program have the option of pursuing a concentration utilizing the 9 hours of electives in the program.

Child and Adolescent Counseling

Students in this concentration complete coursework on the intricacies in working with youth populations. Coursework in this concentration enables learning through an immersion in family dynamics and issues related to children. Students have the opportunity to select a site for their internship experience that specializes in counseling children.

Couples and Family Counseling

Students in this concentration complete coursework that relates to working the couple and family unit. Coursework in this concentration focuses on the learning dynamics and therapeutic approaches when working with couples and families. The classes in this concentration includes couples counseling, family systems, human sexuality, and selected topics in those areas. This concentration does not meet the eligibility requirements to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.


For course descriptions, please view the graduate catalog.