Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Admission Requirements


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  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college consisting of college courses in: general or introductory psychology, developmental psychology, psychological disorders, one course in social psychology or personality psychology, and an introductory statistics course. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than psychology must meet the same course requirements with a minimum of a B average in the required undergraduate psychology courses.

  • Completed application and $25 application fee.

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work.

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0).

  • Three professional recommendations—please use this recommendation form and waiver.

  • A written essay between 300 and 600 words typed in Microsoft Word explaining why you want to be admitted to the graduate psychology program and what qualities (e.g. personality traits, skills, and talents) you possess that lead you to believe you will be successful in the program.

Students are admitted to the USM graduate programs in psychology and counseling psychology twice a year, at the start of the fall semester and the start of the spring semester.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology and Counseling Psychology programs are competitive and openings are limited. Admission is based on credentials and availability of openings in the programs. A student not selected for admission may update his or her application materials and re-apply during a future admission period.

Students seeking admission to the program must be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate receptively and expressively in English with sufficient proficiency to conduct interviews, prepare written reports, and engage in psychotherapy compatible with accepted standards of practice.

Students with prior criminal convictions may experience difficulty in obtaining a license to practice.

Continuous Enrollment

Students admitted to the graduate psychology program must be continuously enrolled during the fall and spring semesters until they graduate. Students who fail to enroll for either the fall or the spring semester will be dismissed from the program unless they receive a leave of absence. Students desiring a leave of absence from the program will need to submit a request to the director of graduate psychology programs stating the reasons for their request. The leave of absence request would need to be approved by the psychology department.

Transferring Credits

You can request to transfer up to nine credit hours of applicable coursework from another graduate program toward the USM Master of Arts in Psychology degree.

Mail all application materials to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Saint Mary Overland Park Campus
4500 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211