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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

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M.S. Degree Program

Training Director: Tamara Mikinski, 638 J.R. Pearson, 785-864-9649,

For the Master of Science in counseling psychology degree, students earn a concentration in mental health counseling.

Admission Requirements

The admission deadline is January 15 to begin course work in the following summer or fall.

Required Admission Materials

  1. Graduate application and application fee. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  2. PRE departmental application.
  3. 1 copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, sent directly to the Graduate Application Processing Center. The original transcript is forwarded to the School of Education to complete licensing and/or certification paperwork.
  4. GRE (general test) scores: Institution code, R6871; Department code, 2005.
  5. Letter of intent.
  6. Résumé.
  7. 3 letters of recommendation from people who can assess the applicant’s prospects for completing the program.
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M.S. Degree Requirements

The mental health concentration requires about 40 to 44 credit hours of course work. Individuals wishing to become licensed professional counselors in Kansas need to meet additional requirements, described online. You also may wish to consult the American Counseling Association’s website for additional information. Besides a core of work in counseling psychology (including counseling theory, career development, interviewing, assessment, group counseling, professional issues, and practicum), work is required in developmental psychology, research, and diagnosis and psychopathology. All students complete either a thesis, a research project, or a comprehensive examination. After entering the program, students should meet with an adviser to plan a schedule for completing degree requirements. Students in the Kansas City area may complete a portion of the work on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

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