Degree Requirements

* This program is not admitting students in academic year 2016-17.

The master’s program in counseling psychology provides students training and education in the scientist-practitioner philosophy that is consistent with most counseling psychology doctoral programs, including the one at MU. Students will complete core course work 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 master’s programs. The program is not designed for students interested exclusively in practicing at the master’s level, and students who graduate from this program will not yet be license-eligible in the state of Missouri (this would require additional course work and training).

For a sample plan of study and course listing, go to the course catalog.

Counseling Psychology Master’s Planner


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission:

How to Apply

For Fall 2021 applicants, the department has decided to temporarily suspend the requirement of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Submit the following documents using the MU Office of Graduate Studies application by Feb. 1 for the next fall cohort:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Unofficial academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education or a related major
  • Statement of purpose addressing the following:
    • Describe interests and experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, ability status, sexual orientation). How have these experiences influenced you? (250-word limit)
    • Describe experiences that demonstrate your potential for leadership that you believe distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study. (250-word limit)
    • Describe (1) your previous experience serving in a helping or counseling role, (2) your interests and career objectives, (3) how these interests and career objectives have developed, (4) how these interests match those of specific program faculty, and (5) how being accepted into the program of your choice will benefit your career aspirations and help you act upon your beliefs, goals and philosophy. (1,000-word limit)
  • TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 6.5 or higher)
    • Institution code: 6875