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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The Master of Counseling Psychology is a 48-hour program that provides professional preparation for persons wishing to become counselors in non-educational institutions such as community mental health agencies and other community human services agencies.

The program places heavy emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships, which require considerable commitment on the part of the Candidate. Candidates complete ten (10) hours of Professional Development Activity (PDA) in the community for each 3-credit hour course.  In addition, Candidates participate in field experiences throughout the program, complete a semester community/agency practicum field placement (100 clock hrs.), complete a field internship experience (600 hrs.), pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), and write a research paper.

Admissions Requirements

Students must meet the following conditions to be considered for admissions:

  1. A completed application includes Undergraduate and/or Graduate transcripts;
  2. Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead with an ‘ink’ signature: Two (2) of which are from a college professor or someone who can attest to your aptitude for graduate studies; and One (1) professional (i.e., supervisor).
  3. Letter of interest or Personal Statement which responds to the following:
    • Background information: Family, education and work.
    • Goals: What do you expect to be doing in five (5) years? In ten (10) years?
    • Strengths: What strengths do you have that would contribute to your being a good counselor?
    • Change: What do you believe to be the facets of your personality, behavior, and/or outlook that, if modified or changed, would make you a better person/counselor?  What plans, if any, do you have for making any such change(s)?
    • Why Bowie State University? Why did you decide to apply to the counseling program at B.S.U.?
    • Your comments: What additional information, thoughts, feelings, concerns and/or questions do you have?

**Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (Undergraduate)