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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
The University of Kentucky’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Education is a two year, 36-hour degree program that provides students with the comprehensive, foundational training specifically designed to prepare students to apply for Counseling Psychology PhD programs. The M.S. is also a great fit for those students who want to further explore the field of Counseling Psychology before making the decision about whether or not to commit to the approximately four to five years of training that is required to get a PhD in our field. Through courses and supervised practical, students learn the research and psychotherapy skills needed to succeed in advanced doctoral study. Students also receive faculty mentoring and access to Doctoral Preparation Workshops, where students will learn how to strengthen their Curriculum Vitae and compose doctoral program applications. To keep class sizes small, we accept a maximum of 12 students each year. This ensures an excellent master’s-student-to-faculty ratio (5:1 or better), which can be an important metric to consider when choosing a master’s program. The M.S. is full time (nine to twelve credits per semester), four semester program. To ensure the highest-quality training, students complete the program on-site in Lexington, KY, where they work face to face with faculty. The program cannot be completed part-time or via online distance learning. A detailed description of the requirements for the M.S. is fully described in the M.S. Handbook. Students who enter the master’s program have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline (e.g., sociology, pre-med). The M.S. program is not designed to make students eligible for licensure as a Master’s-level Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) in Kentucky. Therefore, if you are looking to enroll in a program that will prepare you to provide mental health treatment as a licensed Master’s-level professional, you should consider other programs.