MA in Professional Clinical Counseling

Practice your counseling technique and gain hands-on experience in professional clinical settings. In this program, you’ll explore research, bibliographic methods, counseling ethical issues, human diversity, psychopathology, diagnosis, assessment and life span development.

Enter a Program that Stands Out Among Clinical Master’s Programs in California

The Master of Arts in Professional Clinical Counseling meets the education requirements in California for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Business and Professions Code section 4999.33) or certification in other states.

As a master's in counseling student, you will:

  • Utilize assessment techniques to include crisis evaluation and diagnostic assessment to focus on clinical cases.
  • Implement theory and techniques from multiple orientations to address therapeutic problems of individuals.
  • Analyze the role of environmental factors and community resources in providing mental health services.
  • Apply career development theories and techniques to work/career issues and problems.
  • Analyze the role of psychopharmacological agents on the prevention and treatment of psychological dysfunction.
  • Receive practicum assistance.

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Fall II (Oct 23, 2023)

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Support When You Need It

UMass Global’s experienced faculty members are available for mentoring and support as you move through your coursework.

A Better Balance for Work and School

Affordable, asynchronous classes that fit your work schedule, offered 100% online so you can learn while you earn.

Finish Faster

You can save up to 12 semester credits or 18 quarter credits if you have past, relevant coursework to transfer.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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    The counseling program prepared me for my surprise career in behavioral health by providing me with a strong background and practical experience in counseling techniques and a strong skill set in research and critical thinking—key in building a leadership career.
    Robert P.
    M.A. Psychology
    All of my instructors inspired me. They were working in the field as well as teaching, so the stories they shared made it relatable and attainable. The staff and faculty are all very positive and provide motivation for the students.
    Quinton J.
    B.A. Psychology
    The professors realized I have a life and wanted to pursue my dreams. They didn’t make me feel like I had to choose between family and school. They made me feel like I could be successful in both.
    Dominique H.
    B.A. Psychology

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Autobiographical Essay
    • Signed Ethical and Responsibility Statement form
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    No grad level exam required

    This Master’s degree program does not require applicants to take costly exams like the GRE. Why? Because we value your professional and life experience. You should get credit for what you already know.


    Program Curriculum

    • PSYU 502 History and Foundations of Therapeutic Practices 


      PSYU 506 Ethical and Professional Issues


      PSYU 510 Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
      PSYU 516 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
      PSYU 518 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting 3
      PSYU 520 Advanced Individual Therapy I 3
      PSYU 521 Advanced Individual therapy II 3
      PSYU 524 Clinical issues in Human Diversity 3
      PSYU 530 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy


      PSYU 539 Crisis and Trauma Counseling


      At the advancement to candidacy interview, the student will meet with a faculty committee. The committee determines whether the student is prepared to be formally declared a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Professional Clinical Counseling and be permitted to proceed into the practicum phase of the program.


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