Counseling Psychology

Preparing to help others in Counseling Psychology

Earn your mental health counseling licensure on your terms with Avila’s Counseling Psychology Master of Science degree (MSCP). You’ll graduate with an understanding of people and situations you’ll encounter professionally while fulfilling the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in both Missouri and Kansas, and state requirements for licensure as a Licensed Masters-Level Psychologist (LMLP).

The Avila University Department of Psychology is committed to the scientist-practitioner model to train counselors and master-level psychologists for the delivery of mental health services in a variety of settings—private practice, mental health clinics, counseling centers, and human service agencies. Whatever field you’d like to practice, we have the expertise to help you meet your goals.

Graduates of the Avila University MSCP program meet educational requirements to seek licensure in Missouri and Kansas, along with a number of other states in the U.S.  Each state licensing board establishes its own standards and requirements.  Students are responsible to consult the licensing boards of any other states in which they anticipate seeking licensure.

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SCIENCE PRACTITIONERS. unlock your potential, advance your goals, and make a difference with a master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Counseling Psychology Concentrations

Child & Adolescent Concentration — Focusing on the intricacies in working with younger populations, this concentration facilitates learning through immersive family and children experiences. Students will have opportunities to select a site for an internship or research experience specializing in counseling children.

Couples & Family Concentration — Concentrating on couples and the family unit, you’ll learn about therapeutic approaches designed specifically for family dynamics. Coursework includes couples’ counseling, family systems, human sexuality and other topics.

Psychology Assessment Concentration — Ideal for students pursuing licensure as a master’s level psychologist, this concentration centers on conceptual knowledge, research design and statistical analysis as applied to psychological assessment. Your coursework will include Advanced Cognitive Processes, Research Design & Analysis, Advanced Social Psychology and others.

Research Concentration — Built to prepare advanced students for psychological research and lab experiences, this concentration requires a research thesis for graduation. Your coursework will include Research Design & Analysis, Research Experience and other advanced classes.

Program Highlights

  • 60 – 62 credit hours
  • Available on-site
  • Evening classes
  • Complete in 24-36 months
  • No GRE required

Information Sessions

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Program Cost and Aid

Students who apply to the Avila Master of Science in Psychology program are eligible to apply for scholarship opportunities. 

Alumni Grant

Amount Awarded: One-time award worth 10% off tuition.

Qualifications: An Avila Alumni
See graduate department for more details.

Sirridge Counseling Psychology Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Stephen T. Sirridge’s more than 30 years of service as Professor of Psychology at Avila University. The scholarship will be granted to a student showing promise of professional excellence.

Amount Awarded: This non-renewable award is in the amount of $500 and will be credited directly to the recipient’s account.

Qualifications: The applicant must be a “Student in Good Standing” in Avila University’s MSCP Program. The student must have completed the Candidacy process with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Criteria for Selection: Academic achievement as shown by GPA. 
Quality of essay. The student will complete a two-three page, double-spaced essay. The theme of this essay is the following: “Discuss several challenges facing practitioners in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.”

Graduate assistantships may also be offered. 

“The program has a strong emphasis on counseling with a multicultural perspective and a broad worldview. The professors not only teach but personify fidelity, justice, and beneficence, and other professional values of counseling.”

Abhi Dutt / Major or Program / ’20 Class Year


Avila University Department of Psychology, Foyle Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3661

Heather Noble, Ph.D., Program Director, Master’s in Counseling Psychology; Assistant Professor, Psychology
P: 816-501-2969 / E:

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