Bastyr University

Bastyr University

MA in Counseling Psychology

Address:

4106 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92121

United States

Phone:

858.246.9700

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MACP

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Bastyr University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology is a regionally accredited, two-year graduate program leading to eligibility to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).

Emphasizing whole-person wellness and healing, the program embodies a fresh approach to mental health counseling that is grounded in health psychology. Beyond simply preparing students to become qualified licensed mental health practitioners, Bastyr’s counseling program fosters a deep understanding of an integrative approach to individual and societal mental health. This prepares graduates to effectively address mind, body and spirit wellness in clients.

Sections

The program’s course format accommodates traditional students and working professionals who desire nontraditional course scheduling, and facilitates intensive and meaningful learning opportunities to train exceptional clinicians.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4-7:50 pm - Kenmore campus (starting Summer 2019)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings - San Diego campus

All sections will include additional hours during the second year with an external practicum and clinic shifts at the Bastyr Clinic for Natural Health in Kenmore or the Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego

Program Strengths

  • Condensed course format allows students to commute from outside of the area.
  • Innovative curriculum covers topics in complementary and alternative medicine, behavioral medicine, spirituality, multiculturalism and social justice, human sexuality, and chronic and terminal illness.
  • Honoring diverse educational backgrounds and perspectives, the program includes a 14-course psychology core to provide the necessary foundation for clinical practice.
  • Hands-on clinical skills development, including a shift at Bastyr's clinics and internship opportunities.
  • Small class sizes and committed faculty to ensure powerful learning experiences.

 

Prerequisites

Entering students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate degree. In addition, an introductory course in general psychology must have been completed with a grade of B or better within the last seven years. Students must also submit a statement of intent and two letters of recommendation.

Our most competitive applicants have experience, either paid or volunteer, in applied (face-to-face) social services. It is strongly recommend that students gain experience in the social services field prior to applying for this program.

In addition, prospective students are highly encouraged to have experience with in-person psychology courses.  The on-site, cohort model of this program requires that students be familiar with and comfortable in an intense faceto-face classroom setting.

Meeting the minimum admissions requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. This Master's program has a competitive admissions process and only highly qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview.

Accreditation:

Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of 162 higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Eligibility Requirements:

Entering students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate degree. In addition, an introductory course in general psychology must have been completed with a grade of B or better within the last seven years. Students must also submit a statement of intent and two letters of recommendation.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): $21,684 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): $21,684 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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