California Baptist University
Online and Professional Studies
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
M.S., Counseling Psychology
California Baptist University’s online Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of either marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a firm understanding of psychological science from a distinctly Christian worldview. Graduates will receive the education and training necessary to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relational difficulties, and meets the current requirements for licensure in the state of California as a marriage and family therapist or licensed professional clinical counselor. 
The online Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree program is designed to prepare graduate students to enter the professional field of marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a sound psychological and spiritual foundation that will allow them to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relational difficulties. Students graduating from the program will satisfy the curriculum requirements necessary to pursue California licensure as a marriage and family therapist or professional clinical counselor.
Students graduating from the online Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) degree program will be required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination, which includes the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) and several vignette questions that address law/ethics, diagnosing, and treatment planning. Students unable to come to the CBU campus to take the proctored exam will need to make proctoring arrangements at a CBU Online -approved location on a case-by-case basis. See the attached document for a more detailed overview of the CPCE and vignette portion of the exam.
Classes are offered in one of two formats—a virtual hybrid format involving synchronous high definition online interactions and an asynchronous online format that allows students to work at their own pace—utilizing a convenient, accelerated schedule with the most current technology to support live interactions between students and faculty. To be sure the Counseling Psychology program brings together several salient ingredients in order to enhance and strengthen graduate-level clinical training—weekly peer interactions that allow burgeoning clinicians to develop crucial interpersonal skills in the context of supportive relationships; the cultivation of leadership qualities and clinical knowledge via ongoing professional socialization; live online meetings between faculty and students to offer important mentoring experiences; a convenient schedule for busy working adults with families who want to better their future; and a flexible, blended delivery model of student learning that is more effective than solely face-to-face or entirely online delivery mediums (Cynkar, 2007; Munsey, 2008; Murray, 2002; U.S. Department of Education, 2010).
 Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to verify with their local licensing board that they meet the requirements for licensure in their specific state of residence.
 For additional information regarding state licensure requirements, please contact the California Board of Behavioral Sciences:
Board of Behavioral Sciences
1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-20
Sacramento, CA 95834
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
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