Counseling Psychology (MA) Track


The mission of the MU Masters program in Counseling Psychology is to provide students training and education in the scientist-practitioner philosophy that is consistent with most Counseling Psychology Ph.D. programs, including the one at MU. Students will complete core coursework in counseling psychology and receive clinical training in the form of practicum experience and research training through faculty labs, research teams, and other research projects. They will also be required to complete an independent research manuscript during their second year in the program. This program has more of a research focus than most counseling masters programs. The program is not designed for students interested exclusively in practicing at the masters level, and students who graduate from this program will not yet be license-eligible for a LPC in the state of Missouri (this would require additional coursework and training).

Program Objectives

To achieve the mission of the program - to provide individuals with a foundation in scientist-practitioner training- the following program objectives have been established. The Masters candidate in the program:

  1. Will be able to demonstrate competence in basic counseling theories and skills, including individual, group, and career counseling.
  2. Will be able to demonstrate competence in basic research design and statistical analysis.
  3. Will understand basic measurement and assessment principles and how they impact the science and practice of Counseling Psychology.
  4. Will have an understanding of how multicultural issues impact both the science and practice of Counseling Psychology.
  5. Will understand basic ethical issues relevant to the profession.
  6. Will be able to design, conduct, and write-up their own independent research study.

The "program planner," which guides the curriculum for this degree can be found here.

Accreditation, Certification and Licensing

The program leads to the granting of the M.A. degree. Students obtaining this degree will have some of the necessary courses to apply for a license as a Professional Counselor (Licensed Professional Counseling; LPC) in the State of Missouri. However, it is important to keep in mind that the preparation for licensure is not a primary purpose of this program. If you have additional questions about licensure in the State of Missouri please contact the State of Missouri licensing committee at 573-751-0018,

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. Masters degree requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA from an accredited undergraduate institution, a completed Department application form, at least three letters of recommendation, and official reports of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We encourage applicants to specify their interest in our scientist-practitioner based program, as opposed to other types of Masters programs. The Department seeks qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds with regard to race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability status.

Professional Associations

Students are encouraged to join and become actively involved in the associations of the profession both on the state and national level. Depending on the eventual career path of the student, different organizations will serve them better. A discussion of the most helpful organizations given unique career paths should be initiated with the students' advisor. Some typical organizations that students within the Masters in Counseling Psychology join are:

  • American Counseling Association (APA)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Key Faculty in the Program

A number of our faculty teach courses and conduct research in the career area. Those most directly involved in this area are: Drs. Matthew Martens, Alejandro Morales, Kenneth Wang, and Bryanna French. You may read more about their background and interest by going here

Career Opportunities

Many of the graduates from this program will go on to doctoral programs in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. Other career opportunities include research associate positions at universities and medical schools and counseling positions that do not require licensure.