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Program Highlights

Counseling Psychology Program Highlights

The master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in counseling psychology focuses on a broad, practice-based approach to mental health and wellness. In this program, you will learn therapeutic techniques to help others improve their overall psychological well-being through the development of stress and crisis management skills and the care and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. Through practical experience in individual and group counseling, you will explore a variety of models and therapies in order to establish your own theoretical and professional methodology as a counselor.

Flexible Learning with Online and Hybrid Study

Designed for working graduate students, the Master of Arts in psychology with a concentration in counseling psychology offers evening and online classes to help you earn your degree while balancing other responsibilities.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Program: Psychology

Program Length: 3 years (60 credit hours)

Availability: In person, Hybrid

Program overview

Explore More for Counseling Psychology Majors

One of the best values in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, the counseling psychology master’s program at McNeese is the first choice for many graduate students. Here are just a few reasons why.

Financial aid and scholarships:

McNeese is one of the most affordable programs of its kind in Southwest Louisiana, Southeast Texas and the U.S. Plus, the university offers additional ways to reduce your costs for graduate school. Some students in the master’s program in counseling psychology qualify for a graduate assistantship, which covers half of tuition and includes a stipend for housing and other costs of living.

Applied learning:

100% of McNeese’s counseling psychology students participate in practicum and internships during their course of study. This gives you on-site work experiences that helps you cultivate and demonstrate your skills by working with counseling clients under the supervision of professors and on-site staff, while also observing experienced counselors in professional settings. Program faculty will assist you in finding an approved off-site placement that fits your goals, schedule and interests. Many of the available internships are paid.

Highly qualified faculty:

With extensive professional training and diverse academic pedagogies, program faculty are invested in incorporating their knowledge and experience into their classrooms to enrich the curriculum. Their areas of interest range from suicide prevention to ethics and legal issues in the counseling sphere.

Excellence with a personal touch:

The small size of the master’s in counseling psychology program at McNeese creates a supportive environment with individualized attention. You’ll build deep, personal connections with your peers and professors while working toward successfully earning your degree and achieving your career goals.

Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with this Degree?

As a counseling major, you will graduate qualified as a licensed professional counselor for individual and group therapy within the education and social services spheres. Additional graduate education may help you specialize in other areas of counseling psychology or qualify for leadership and administrative roles.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • School and Career Counselors
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors

Kay Doré Counseling Clinic

The Kay Doré Counseling Clinic, located in McNeese’s Department of Psychology, serves as an internship and practicum site for graduate students in the master’s of counseling psychology program. There, students get on-site training and experience under the supervision of licensed professional counselors.

Student Activities

McNeese’s student chapter of Psi Chi, the psychology international honor society, is engaged in research, community service and social and fundraising activities both on and off campus. Members have opportunities to travel and present research at regional conferences and volunteer with The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Autism Awareness and Family Fun Day, final exam study sessions and recruiting events.

McNeese Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides comprehensive mental health services to help McNeese students manage daily stress and overcome personal barriers to success. In the counseling psychology master’s program, you may be able to work in the center for internship, practicum, graduate assistant or volunteer experience.

Additional Details on the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program

McNeese’s Department of Psychology is currently working toward CACREP accreditation, with anticipated approval by the 2021–2022 academic year.

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Program Contact

Dr. Dena Matzenbacher Ph.D. – Department Head
337-475-5434
dena@mcneese.edu