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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Program Overview

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is carefully designed to meet California state requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licenses. It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory, integrated with Biblical principles throughout the curriculum. Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships and supportive growth.

Program Details

WASC has granted final accreditation approval and the program is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is a graduate degree that prepares students for:

  • Counseling: Individuals/Couples/Children/Families
  • Consulting
  • Agency Affiliations
  • Churches/Ministry Affiliations
  • Doctoral Preparation
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university—Official Transcripts Required
  • GPA: minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters from academic or employment sources.
  • Personal Essay of faith development and interest in pursuing Psychology
  • Oral interview if requested

Maximum 2-minute video using the following prompts:
1. Introduce yourself and share your reasons for pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at WJU.
2. Share something unique about yourself that you believe will be a valuable addition to our program and the field of counseling psychology.

Submit video to:


  • Biopsychology (must complete with a minimum C)
  •  (3) Basic Counseling Skills & Treatment Planning
  • (3) Advanced Personality Theory & Individual Therapy
  • (3) Law and Ethics
  • (3) Life Span Development
  • (3) Psychopathology
  • (3) Family Systems Therapy
  • (3) Child/Adolescent Therapy & Abuse Reporting
  • (3) Marital Therapy & Domestic Violence
  • (3) Crisis and Trauma in Community Mental Health
  • (3) Human Diversity
  • (3) Research Methods
  • (3) Psychopharmacology
  • (3) Addictions Therapy
  • (3) Human Sexuality
  • (3) Assessment Measures & Techniques
  • (3) Group Therapy
  • (3) Electives (choose one):
    a) Advanced Child Therapy
    b) Advanced Marital Therapy
    c) Advanced Career Counseling
  • (1) Career Development and Spiritual Formation I
  • (1) Career Development and Spiritual Formation II
  • (1) Career Development and Pre-Practicum Preparation
  • (3) Practicum I
  • (3) Practicum II
  • (3) Practicum III Capstone: (Final Case and Research Project)
  • Apply diagnostic assessment and criteria to the prognosis and treatment of mental disorders.
  • Understand and implement ethical decision‐making in the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to therapeutic issues and developmental challenges in individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
  • Understand the various research methodologies and their applications.
  • Recognize the complexity of cross‐cultural issues and the interventions that address these challenges.
  • Evaluate approaches to the integration of psychology and Christianity and how they impact personal spiritual formation.
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Education/Career Counseling
  • State/County Agency Work
  • Social Work
  • Corrections/Probation Work
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Mediation/Court Advocacy
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Business

How many units is the MACP degree?

63 units

What is the cost of tuition?

$650 per unit

Is there financial aid?

Yes. Government loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of six units per semester.

How many units is each course?

Three units

How long is each course?

Eight weeks

Do I need to take the courses in any specific order?

Yes. This is a sequentially scheduled cohort-based program.

What is a cohort?

A group of students together for the duration of the degree program.

How much homework will there be each week?

Courses are designed for about 20 hours per week of work. Some students may work more quickly. Others may require additional time.

Will I be required to do group work?

Groups assignments are not the norm. However , every course expects you to participate in online discussions with our classmates each week.

Who do I contact if I need help during a course?

For most questions your first point of contact will be your instructor. For technical support questions, please contact our IT department at:

What is the Practicum like?

The Practicum experience is required by the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) and includes 280 hours of face-to-face counseling before graduation. The accrual of hours continues after graduation for a total of 3,000 for licensure.

At the end, will there be a thesis or final project required?

We require a Final Case and Research Project, which is a minimum 25-page written paper that will be reviewed by two instructors, including at least one full-time faculty.

Is this program accredited by CACREP or AAMFT?

No. In our research of necessary accreditation for our MFT Program, we found that about 8 schools in California have AAMFT certification, and about 7 have CACREP, while over 80 do not, including most of the UC and State universities. WJU has chosen to pursue BBS state accreditation because the required competencies are clear and comprehensive, allowing us to design a challenging, well planned and rigorous program. In the future we will evaluate various types of accreditation to insure an ongoing quality program.

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MA in Counseling Psychology


Program Advisor

Jeff Stone, Ph.D., ABPP

Chair and Professor,
Department of Psychology


Erin Ambrose, Ph.D., LMFT

Associate Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gina Mertz, M.A., MFT

Assistant Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jeff Stone, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Melanie Trowbridge, M.D.

Associate Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Richard Mullis, Psy.D.

Associate Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephanie Caine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Adjunct Faculty

Carla Stone

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling

Dana Neubauer Yue

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Esther Yun-Ling Hui

Adjunct, Master of Counseling Psychology

John Alan Foster

Adjunct, MACP, San Jose

Linita Morris

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling

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