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The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Dominican prepares students to provide professional counseling, consultation, case management, education, and training to a wide variety of clients.

Established in 1978, the program and its graduates are known and respected for their professionalism, high degree of academic knowledge and clinical and professional skills. The faculty and staff are committed to keeping abreast of the changes and emerging opportunities in the field of counseling. All clinical faculty are licensed, practicing psychotherapists.


MS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy
A 60-unit program designed to prepare students for MFT licensure in California

MS in Counseling Psychology with a General Concentration
A 43-unit program that awards a master's degree, but does not prepare for licensure in the State of California

Program Features

"Being a Counseling Psychology student is as much about self-discovery as it is about learning the principles of counseling psychology. Be open to the process and you will be thankful for every moment, event, instructor, interaction, conversation, new insight and new relationship."

—Tom Schmidt, Class of 2010
Staff Research Associate II, UCSF

  • Highly trained and supportive clinical faculty
  • Small, individualized classes and seminars
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Interactive instruction in a variety of orientations: traditional, innovative, and alternative
  • Balanced, realistic perspective of the rapidly changing counseling field
  • Excellent training in diagnosis and treatment, adapted to a wide range of mental health disorders, including co-occurring disorders
  • Well-established fieldwork placement programs

Imagine Career Possibilities

The Counseling Psychology programs offers students outstanding academic preparation and hands-on experiences that will enable them to thrive in a field affording them many gratifying professional opportunities. Our classroom- and fieldwork-based program provides students with the most current and emerging trends in mental health delivery, theoretical approaches to clinical practice, innovative and alternative modes to counseling, consultation, and case management.

Graduates of the program are:

  • marriage and family therapists
  • consultants
  • case managers
  • educators
  • trainers in healthcare, academic and business settings
  • in private practice

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