About the Program
Developing Compassionate Counselors
The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University is designed for those who wish to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to counsel in a variety of settings. Catering to a diverse range of professional and personal goals, the MS in Counseling Psychology offers a curriculum that academically prepares students for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure as well as a concentration for the Professional Clinical Counselor (dual licensure option) and a certificated concentration in Forensic Psychology. Additionally, the MS can be paired with the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry.
MS in Counseling Psychology: Prepare For MFT Licensure
The CBU MS in Counseling Psychology meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) as set forth by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Beyond preparing candidates for licensure, the MS degree in Counseling Psychology develops compassionate, ethical counselors dedicated to bettering the lives of others by examining, exploring and improving interpersonal relationships (family, marriage, etc.). Licensed MFTs may counsel in a variety of private and public settings.
Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC): Dual Licensure Option
Students beginning graduate study after August 1, 2012, and who have completed the 62-unit MFT core and the additional 18 units required for PCC, will have satisfied the academic requirements for licensure as both an LMFT and LPCC in the State of California. Licensed PCCs focus on improving mental health and may counsel in a variety of settings, including hospitals and mental health sites.
Forensic Psychology Certificated Concentration Option: Expand Your Specialized Expertise
CBU offers the option of pairing the MS in Counseling Psychology with an abbreviated, complementary version of the Forensic Psychology program as a certificated concentration. This concentration establishes an excellent balance between traditional counseling, theory and skills and a specialized understanding of the legal and judicial system. Students will be prepared to function as effective clinicians in a variety of professional counseling and forensic settings by completing 18 additional units.
Students with questions concerning this concentration may contact the Director of the Forensic Psychology program, Dr. Anne-Marie Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information on the MA in Forensic Psychology program, click here: Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Dual Masters Option: Extending Your Training to the Church
CBU offers a special dual masters program for those who wish to obtain both the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry. This dual degree option prepares graduates for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) working in a clinical as well as congregational setting. Students pursing this option may be concurrently enrolled in Counseling Psychology and Counseling Ministry courses.
The following links provide a detail of the Counseling Ministry courses needed in addition to the courses in the 62-unit Master of Science in Counseling Psychology curriculum.
Printable Fact Sheet for the Dual Program
For more information on the MA in Counseling Ministry program, click here: About the Program