Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology


Apply Now! The University of Saint Mary Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is designed to help you advance your professional development, improve your research, assessment, and critical thinking skills, and hone your ability to apply psychological knowledge.

Classes are taught by faculty members who have expertise in a variety of mental health areas. Our instructors hold doctorate degrees in psychology or related fields, and the majority have practiced in the mental health field.

In the graduate counseling psychology program, you’ll learn:

  • Group, social and cultural influences, as well as cognitive, developmental and biological influences on behavior

  • Recommended treatments and diagnostic indicators for major mental disorders

  • Basic concepts used in behavioral research and the ability to evaluate empirical research; design research proposals; and communicate ideas effectively

  • Common ethical issues in the mental health profession

  • Self-evaluation techniques that identify personal strengths and weaknesses that may impact your career development

The counseling psychology curriculum calls for 48 credit hours, including a six-credit hour practicum and 14 courses for licensure in Missouri as a licensed professional counselor. Licensure in Kansas as licensed master’s level psychologist requires 60 credit hours, including a fifteen-credit hour practicum and 15 courses.

Depending on the curriculum you complete, you’ll be prepared to apply to become a licensed professional counselor in Missouri or a Licensed Master’s Level Psychologist in Kansas.

Please Note: Licensure is granted by the individual states and is not guaranteed by the University of Saint Mary.


Core Courses

All core classes are three credit hours unless otherwise indicated, and are offered in a rotation. See our course descriptions tab for more specific information on courses.

  • PY 720 Historical Foundations of Psychology

  • PY 721 Advanced Social Psychology

  • PY 723 Advanced Psychopathology

  • PY 730 Methods of Research and Assessment

  • PY 731 Statistical Analysis in Psychology

  • PY 733 Developmental and Cognitive Assessment

  • PY 734 Personality Assessment

  • PY 741 Issues in Ethics and Professional Development

  • PY 744 Career Development and Counseling

  • PY 745 Cognitive Processes

  • or PY 746 Psychopharmacology for Psychotherapists

  • PY 748 Multicultural Counseling

  • PY 749 Helping Relationship Skills

  • PY 750 Counseling Theories

  • PY 751 Group Process

  • PY 761 Practicum (six credit hours)