Psychology (MA) with an Emphasis in Counseling Psychology


Effective 1 June 2024 through 31 May 2025

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This program is offered by the College of Science and Health and is only available at select international campuses. Please see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Program Description

The mission of the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is to provide its participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in counseling psychology through academic and experiential learning. The program aims at educating future psychologists who have sound knowledge of the theory and practice of counseling psychology, who are competent consumers and creative producers of social science research, who are competent in counseling practice, and who are ethical and sensitive to the cultures, values and worlds of various clients.

Viewing research and practice as interdependent and mutually supportive, the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is based on the scientist-practitioner training model. The program is committed to both (1) preparing counseling psychologists for advanced doctoral studies in psychology and (2) providing training and experience that prepare students for practice. Its goal is to train psychologists who have a sound knowledge of the bases of counseling and psychotherapy. Adopting a multicultural perspective, the program also emphasizes the importance of multicultural competence in both research and practice.

To qualify as a professional psychologist or psychotherapist, a student may be required to complete additional education and licensure proceedings, depending on the national requirements of the country in which they wish to work. For example:

  • To qualify as a professional psychologist in Austria, students must have both a bachelor and master degree in psychology. To qualify as a psychotherapist in Austria, students must complete the Propaedeutikum (to which the Webster Psychology MA courses contribute) and the Fachspezifikum.
  • According to Greek law 4093/2012 and subsequent regulations [Government Gazettes: 229/19.11.12, 3324/12.12.12 and 258/08.12.2014], degrees awarded for programs of studies accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, Webster's accreditation body), are eligible for recognition of professional equivalency to degrees awarded by the Greek standard system of higher education.
  • To qualify as a professional psychologist in The Netherlands, students must have both a bachelor and a master degree in psychology. To qualify as Gezondheidszorg Psycholoog (professional psychologist) in The Netherlands, further post-master's level training is necessary.
  • Within the United States, the ability to become a licensed counselor (LPC/LMHC/LCPC) is regulated by state licensure boards. Depending on the state, students may be required to complete further clinical supervised training; pass a nationally-normed, field-related examination (NCE and/or NCMHCE); pass a jurisprudence exam in some states, and may need to complete further focused coursework depending on the state after completion of the counseling psychology MA. Required exams, additional focused coursework, and/or number of required clinical supervised training hours following degree completion is dependent on the state in which the graduate pursues licensure. For delineation of individual state requirements, consult the appropriate agency in the state in which you wish to work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the main approaches to counseling and psychotherapy and the role of the therapeutic relationship.
  • Describe important theories of human development and examine their significance to counseling psychology.
  • Discuss the major categories of psychological disorders and use this knowledge to assess and diagnose psychopathology.
  • Describe the mechanisms of action for a variety of psychopharmacological agents and evaluate the role of psychopharmacology in counseling psychology.
  • Describe the importance of professional ethics and demonstrate how ethical standards and legal requirements are relevant to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Administer and interpret various widely-used psychological tests.
  • Construct the appropriate research design, collect data and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to counseling psychology which add to the discipline.
  • Demonstrate practical counseling skills that can be applied to individuals and groups to address a broad range of issues and settings.
  • Integrate theory, experience, behavioral observation and analysis to systematically enhance counseling knowledge and skills.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of various counseling approaches to the different cultures, values and world-views of various clients and thereby choose appropriate approaches.


48 Required Credit Hours

The 48 credit hours required to complete the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program are distributed as follows:

  • PSYC 5000 Bases of Counseling Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5100 Approaches to Counseling and Therapy (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5200 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5300 Psychopathology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5400 Research Design (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5500 Assessment (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5600 Group Processes and Group Therapy (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5700 Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5800 Ethical and Legal Foundations (3 hours)
  • PSYC 5900 Applied Statistics and Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 6000 Special Topics in Counseling Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 6100 Master’s Thesis (6 hours)
  • PSYC 6200 Practice and Supervision (3 hours)
  • PSYC 6300 Internship (6 hours)

Special Requirements

The student is subject to the policies and procedures for graduate studies found within this catalog. As stated in the Academic Policies guidelines, the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology is excluded from dual major and sequential degree options. Courses in the program are available only to those admitted to the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program unless permission is granted by the instructor and/or the department. All non-degree seeking students must meet program prerequisites. Seek advisement for appropriate course selection.


See the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution to the appropriate campus:

Athens Students:
Admissions Office
Webster University
9 Ipitou Street
Athens 105 57

Leiden Students:
Admissions Office
Webster University
Boommarkt 1
2311 EA Leiden
The Netherlands

Vienna Students:
Admissions Office
Webster University
Praterstrasse 23
1020 Vienna

Additional Requirements

Requirements for admission to the psychology (MA) with an emphasis in counseling psychology program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology from a recognized university as stated in the Admission section located at the front of this catalog or equivalent.
  • A cumulative GPA of a 3.0 from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting institution.
  • Completion of undergraduate coursework in the following areas: (1) introductory or general psychology, (2) statistics, (3) research methods or experimental psychology.
  • Preference in the admission process will be given for applicants demonstrating completed coursework in the following areas: (1) social psychology, (2) biological psychology, neuropsychology or physiological psychology, (3) personality theory, (4) human development or developmental psychology, (5) abnormal psychology.
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae* that includes prior employment and related experience.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation* from persons familiar with applicant's professional and academic experience, and one academic reference.
  • A personal statement* of approximately 600 words describing the applicant’s academic and professional goals, and reasons for applying for the program.
  • A required personal interview with senior program faculty members prior to admission decision.

*These required materials must be electronically uploaded to the application account.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.