Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

A Holistic Counseling Psychology Program

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) degree program provides formal training in the science and practice of family systems therapy and clinical counseling. In addition to a broad and rigorous preparation in counseling psychology, the program provides training in theory and treatment inspired by both secular and spiritual concepts and interventions. Mindfulness, movement, and expressive arts, in both clinician self-care and treatment interventions, are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Students who graduate from the MACP program complete the requirements current as of Fall 2019 as set by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for the Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Professional Clinical Counselor educational tracks. In addition, they complete a minimum of one-year supervised practicum providing therapy to clients in preparation for registering as either a Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Clinical Counselor associate in the State of California. The program also supports students in completing the requirements that they identify to register for post-degree clinical training in many other states and countries.
Careers as LMFTs (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists) and LPCCs (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors) often include supervisory positions in counseling agencies as well as serving as clinical staff, managers, directors and administrative positions in substance abuse and mental health treatment settings, hospitals, corrections agencies, and private practice. Students who complete the MACP degree and do not choose to pursue post-degree clinical training often apply their education in other fields, including business, coaching, or spiritual guidance.
The MACP degree is offered as an online program (from our Costa Mesa and Palo Alto CA campus) with some low-residency sessions. Some required courses or parts of courses occur in an intensive residential format. Online courses are taught using the university’s Learning Management System; some of these courses may require participation in synchronous telemediated sessions. The intensive residential classes occur two times per year, typically at the beginning of the Fall and Spring quarters for ten consecutive days. There is a total of six required residential intensives for our full-time students, each of which involves full-day participation, throughout the three-year program. For part-time students, there is a total of eight required intensives, each of which involves full-day participation throughout the four-year program.
Advisers are assigned at the onset of the program and meet with students for ongoing mentoring, advising, and review of readiness to begin clinical practicum. Annually, advisors meet with each student either at the intensives or via synchronous web technology for a formal and documented review of student progress. When necessary, students meet with appropriate faculty members, advisors, and Program Chair for further discussion and recommendations.

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Our faculty is comprised of passionate thought-leaders dedicated to bringing their expertise and knowledge to the forefront of all of our programs. Learn more about our MA in Counseling Psychology Faculty members.

Quick Facts

Next Start

Summer – July 3, 2023

Fall – October 2, 2023

Winter – January 8, 2024

*Intensives generally begin 2-3 weeks before the start of classes.

Time to degree completion

  • 3 years (Full-Time)
  • 4 years (Part-Time)

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Admissions Requirements

Check out the Admissions Requirements for this program.


Online + Low-Residency*

*This includes a total of six required residential intensives for full-time students, and 8 required residential intensives for part-time students, each of which involves full-day participation throughout the program. Currently, due to COVID-19, all of the residential intensives have shifted to a virtual-online format.

This place is really special and unique and has a strong community, a strong spirit, and there is so much creative energy here that I have never found in a school before. And I knew immediately that this is where I was supposed to be in order to do what I consider my life’s work.

Danielle MorabitoAlumna, MA in Counseling Psychology, Class of 2016

Program Features

Now, more than ever, our world is in need of mental health professionals looking to help families and individuals overcome the challenges they are facing. Our degree program provides you formal training in the science and practice of family systems therapy and clinical counseling.

Actively Practicing Faculty

Mentorship is an important teaching tool that helps you flourish academically, personally, and professionally. Classes are taught by experienced scholars and clinicians who have integrated psychological and spiritual principles into their counseling practices. Small class size encourages dynamic exchange between students and faculty.

Transpersonal Skills Lab

The MA in Counseling Psychology program features transpersonal skills labs that combine theory, practice, and group formation with deep personal growth and development. These unique learning labs provide practical application and integration.
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The Transpersonal Mosaic

A particularly dynamic component of the program is the Transpersonal Mosaic – an immersion into spiritual practices and innovative transpersonal theories and tools. Coursework includes various styles of meditation, principles of Aikido, theories of transpersonal psychology, and diverse modalities for creative expression.

The Practicum Year

This year allows you to practice learned theories and techniques and hone your counseling skills with a full year of clinical work in an agency setting. The practicum includes both face-to-face client hours (LMFT minimum of 225, LPCC minimum of 280) and on-site supervision. Additionally, a clinical faculty member will mentor you in a seminar-style class where you will learn to present case histories in accord with professional standards.

Program Highlights

Just a few things that differentiate our program from a traditional counseling psychology program.
Four quarters of clinical experience before graduation
Experiential transpersonal skill-building labs
Optional specialization in creative expression
Education shaped through a collaborative cohort experience
Focus on individual, child, couple, and family therapy
Professional preparation for both public and private practice
The powerful and ancient martial art of aikido helps students embody the stance of a therapist somatically

Learning Outcomes


Summarize, compare and evaluate a broad range of theories, perspectives, methods, and research findings, including those of Transpersonal Psychology and Systems Theory, used in the field of counseling psychology.


Apply counseling psychology theories, perspectives, methods, and research findings to important human problems and case examples.


Communicate and collaborate effectively as either a Transpersonal Marriage and Family Therapist or a Transpersonal Professional Clinical Counselor in a variety of mental health settings and with a variety of clients and team members.


Reflect upon their own whole-person development, including growth in mind, body, spirit, creativity, and community, and identify opportunities for continuing development.


Apply the ethical and professional values, legal standards, and regulations of a Transpersonal Marriage and Family Therapist or a Transpersonal Professional Clinical Counselor across professional settings and interactions.


To receive a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of between 90 and 94.5 units depending on the concentration selected. The following are specific degree requirements.

Transpersonal Arc Courses - 14 units

The Transpersonal Arc provides foundational skills in transpersonal theory and introduces somatic practice, mindfulness, and creative expression as core to whole-person learning. The labs provide further opportunities to explore transpersonal skills for both personal growth and clinical interventions.

Clinical Core Courses - 59.5 - 64 units

The Clinical Core consists of coursework that meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences educational experience for MFT or PCC concentrations as of the publication time of our 2020-2021 academic catalog. These include the following:
1. Introductory Clinical Courses (22.5 units)
2. Intermediate Clinical Courses (13.5 units)
3. Advanced Clinical Courses (23.5-28 units)

Capstone Clinical Practicum Sequence - 16.5 units

You must complete one full year of Clinical Practicum as a Capstone Project. To advance to Clinical practicum, students must be in good standing, have completed all required practicum prerequisites (see Clinical Core Coursese above) and 40 hours of personal psychotherapy, and have no outstanding incomplete grades. The MACP faculty member in charge of monitoring practicum must approve the Clinical practicum site. Students must register for the Practicum Evaluation class and Capstone Clinical Practicum Sequence and submit appropriate forms and practicum contracts.

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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Masters in Psychology Degrees and Graduate Programs in Palo Alto and Costa Mesa, CA

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