Master of Arts in Counseling – 45 Credits

Overview

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed to provide graduates with fundamental competencies in the theory and practice of counseling. Opportunities are provided for acquiring skills and experience specific to counseling and consultation in organizations and environments such as business, education, criminal justice, and community service.

Program Goals

  • Gain a thorough understanding of and competence in the practice of individual and group counseling.
  • Acquire an appreciation for the role of the counselor in society and an understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with that role.
  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the theories of adaptive and maladaptive human behavior and their applicability to assessment and promotion of improved human functioning.
  • Develop competency in the design, conduct, and evaluation of counseling research.
  • Acquire professional skills and practical experience in the provision of counseling services in settings relevant to the student’s career focus.

Program Requirements

  • Comply with the academic policies and procedures of Centenary University
  • Complete 45 program prescribed graduate credit hours
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better for courses completed for the degree
  • Complete a residency requirement consisting of minimally 33 credit hours at Centenary University
  • Complete the program within 7 years from the date of initial enrollment
  • Demonstrate throughout the program course of study behavior consistent with the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, and the National Board for Certified Counselors Code of Ethics.

Grading Policy for Counseling Programs

Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to receive a degree. Any graduate student who receives more than one grade of C (to include C+, C, and C-) will be dismissed from the program. No grades of D will be given (anything lower than a C- is an F). A grade of F will result in dismissal from the program.

Audit

Students who are required to complete undergraduate foundation courses may request that they be taken as an official audit. Students choosing this option must designate such at the time of registration or by the end of the first week of the respective semester in which the courses are taken. Audited courses are recorded on the student’s permanent record as an “AUD,” and cannot be converted to a letter grade.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or applicants with an undergraduate degree in another discipline will be required to take a series of prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.0
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview
  • No GRE required

Curriculum Requirements

Counseling Theory and Practice-15 credits

GCO-501Counseling: the Profession

3

GCO-502Ethics for the Counseling Profession

3

GCO-505Counseling: Theory & Practice I

3

GCO-506Counseling: Theory & Practice II

3

GCO-510Clinical Interviewing

3

Counseling Groups-3 credits

GCO-520Group Dynamics I

3

Research, Evaluation and Assessment-9 credits

GCO-541Statistical Analysis

3

GCO-544Research Methods in Counseling

3

GCO-546Diagnostic Assessment

3

Development, Behavior and Diversity-12 credits

GCO-561Human Growth & Development

3

GCO-562Soc. & Cultural Foundations of Behavior

3

GCO-566Personality Theory

3

GCO-568Maladaptive Behavior I

3

Field Experience-3 credits

GCO-601Clinical Counseling Field Experience I

3

Selected Electives-3 credits (choose one)

GCO-530Marriage & Family Counseling

3

GCO-581Fundamentals of SAC

3

GCO-582Crisis Intervention

3

GCO-590Substance Use Disorders Counseling

3

GCO-591Substance Use in the School Setting

3

GCO-592Psychopharmacology

3

GCO-593Prevention Planning, Program Evaluation, & Community Resources

3

GCO-594Substance Use and the Family

3