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Earn Your Master’s in Psychology | 100% Online

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

This degree program provides students with the academic and clinical training required to practice relationally informed clinical work and to prepare alumni for employment in a variety of mental health settings, including community mental health agencies, hospitals, schools, and private practice. Our students learn to practice from a stance of cultural humility and to maintain ethical and best practice standards.

Traineeship is an integral part of our program, providing an opportunity for students to apply the skills learned in class to the clinical encounter. Students are required to complete 300 face-to-face clinical hours under clinical supervision and to concurrently attend our practicum seminar over the course of at least three trimesters. Students who intend to pursue licensure outside the state of California are responsible for determining the traineeship requirements for the relevant states, such as additional face-to-face hours or supervisor qualifications, and for working with faculty and staff to make sure that any additional requirements are met. If you intend to pursue licensure outside the state of California or to complete your traineeship in another state, please speak with a faculty member in the Department of Psychology prior to beginning the program. We are happy to help you navigate this process.

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Program Overview

100% Online

60 Credits

Graduate in as Few as 2 Years

Top Ranked Master’s Program

Attend Full-Time or Part-Time

No GRE/GMAT Required

Earn a Degree Around Your Schedule

Complete your degree 100% online, full-time or part-time. Learn on your schedule with 3 start terms per year and 15-week courses. No GMAT/GRE required for admission.

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GGU courses are taught by experts in their fields and our curriculum prepares students for employment in a variety of settings.

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Join the Top University for Adult Students

Our flexible and skills-based programs have helped Golden Gate University consistently rank as the top place for adult learners.

Discover New Career Opportunities

Earning your Master’s in Counseling Psychology can help you qualify for new roles, pursue counseling certifications and licensure, and give you a path to earning your doctorate if you’re interested in continuing your education. Counselors are currently in high demand in a variety of industries, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that there will be about 281,600 job openings each year, on average, through 2032.

Common job titles for Master’s in Counseling Psychology graduates include:

  • School Counselor
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Marriage & Family Counselor
  • Organizational Counselor
  • Adult and Geriatric Counselor
  • Group Counselor
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
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GGU has really lived up to its promise of offering real-world, practical learning that you will apply right away. I worked with wonderful professors, and I love that they brought their practical field experience to the learning process.

Why Choose GGU?

Industry-Experienced Faculty

At GGU, 80% of our faculty are scholar practitioners who currently work in the fields they teach. You’ll learn directly from experts who can share valuable insights into what today’s employers are looking for.

Small Class Sizes

With an average class size of 17 students, you’ll get a more personalized experience at GGU. Here, you’ll be able to collaborate with classmates and form lasting connections with your professors.

Flexible Lifestyle

We offer online and hybrid degree programs that are designed for busy adults. With 3 start terms per year and convenient 15-week courses, you’ll be able to manage your schedule the way you want while you balance school with work, family, and life.

World-Class Education

We’re committed to providing adult learners with the best education available. Our programs are accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and GGU is consistently ranked as a top university for working professionals.

About Golden Gate University

At GGU, our mission is to help you build a brighter foundation for your future through higher education. As one of California’s oldest private and nonprofit universities, Golden Gate University has been focused on providing practical, career-focused degrees to working adults since 1901.

Over the past 25+ years, we’ve evolved to meet the needs of nontraditional students by offering flexible online and hybrid programs in the growing fields of business, finance, law, technology, taxation, and accounting.

Our location in the heart of San Francisco’s high-tech and financial district provides you with access to some of the world’s biggest companies — even as an online or hybrid student. Whether you’re ready to finish your degree, make a career change, qualify for a new job, or simply set yourself up for future success, Golden Gate University is here to help you make your goals a reality.

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