Dec 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Additional Program Admissions Requirements

In addition to the General Graduate Entrance Criteria listed in the Admissions section of this catalog, the applicants for the MS in Counseling must meet the following specific requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Student may be admitted on probation if GPA is less than a 3.0 (2.5-2.9).  If the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA for the 1st term they can be removed from probation status
  • Three letters of recommendation (2 letters from academia and 1 personal or employer) 
  • A 500 word or less personal statement summarizing the applicant’s interest in mental health and the Counseling program and expectations to accomplish professionally with the degree
  • GRE is not required

Student Learning Outcomes

The MSC Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLO’s) are intended to produce and prepare a graduate in counseling psychology for higher level professional careers, advancement in present employment, and the potential for advanced doctoral work. The MSC graduate curricula are structured to include the following: knowledge of the professional literature of the discipline and on-going student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training. The MSC program fosters independent and cooperative learning through a variety of strategies. These include internship/practicum, course papers, projects, applied research, readings, assignments, comprehensive exams, and coursework requirements.

In the Clinical Licensure track, the student is academically and clinically prepared to register as a mental health intern, to sit for the national board exam, and to become licensed as a mental health counselor in the State of Florida. The Social services track meets the academic requirements for students pursuing employment as school guidance counselors in the State of Florida or other related human service agency.

Students completing the Master of Science in Counseling  will demonstrate the following student learning outcomes.

They will:

  1. Describe the major concepts and empirical findings related to the area of counseling psychology.
  2. Demonstrate critical research skills using necessary statistical techniques to conduct research and solve problems in the field of counseling psychology.
  3. Integrate counseling theory and clinical experience with a broad-based awareness of varying social frameworks.
  4. Develop interpersonal skills and abilities to work successfully with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds in educational, community, and human service based settings.
  5. Maintain an inclusive and multicultural human service perspective, emphasizing a continuum of civic and social engagement.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track= 60 Credit Hours

Proposed Course Sequence

Year 1

8 Week I: Research/ Ethics= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Facilitation and Assessment= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Group/Theory CP Counseling= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Lifespan/Professional Standards= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Vocational/Drug Education= 6 Credit Hours

Year 2

8 Week I: Diverse/Community Counseling= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Sex/ Treatment= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Psychopharmacology/Personality= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Practicum/Internship= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Internship= 6 Credit Hours

Social Services Counseling Track- 36 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Research and Ethics= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Facilitation and Assessment= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Group Theory of Counseling= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Lifespan and Elective= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week I: Vocational Psychology and Elective= 6 Credit Hours

8 Week II: Practicum/Diverse= 6 Credit Hours


  • PSY 638 - Marriage, Family, and Sex Therapy  and CON 657 - Drug Education, Prevention, and Intervention  are State of Florida licensure board course requirements for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Students entering either track will enroll in CON 600 - Professional Orientation and Ethics . This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the helping professional and a solid foundation on professional standards in the field of counseling.
  • Curriculum involves both theoretical and practical perspectives.
  • Practicum and internship experience exposes students to practitioners working locally in the field and will provide experiential learning opportunities in various treatment facilities across the county.
  • All graduate students completing the social services track will be required to complete a 100 hour practicum in a treatment setting. However, students on the clinical mental health track are required to complete both 100 hour practicum and 900 hour internship requirements.