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Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Program:
BA in Psychology and MA in School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Highly qualified undergraduate psychology majors are eligible to apply in their junior year for the accelerated BA-MA program in either School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This program enables students to take graduate courses during their senior year that count toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees.

Applicants for this accelerated program must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must meet the same admission requirements as all other applicants. Students must apply by February 10 of their junior year. Those admitted must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the bachelor’s part of the program. In addition, performance in graduate-level courses is subject to all academic policies and requirements of the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, & Counseling.

Students accepted into the accelerated program who would like to complete the BA/MA in 5 or 5 ½ years* will take the following 15 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, in addition to the necessary undergraduate courses:

School Counseling

COUN 500: Introduction to Counseling and Related Helping Professions
CNPY 502: Theories of Counseling
COUN 550: Counseling and Helping Techniques Laboratory
COUN 503: Group Counseling
EDSO 501: Foundations of School Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

COUN 500: Introduction to Counseling and Related Helping Professions
CNPY 502: Theories of Counseling
COUN 550: Counseling and Helping Techniques Laboratory
COUN 503 Group Counseling
CNPY 514 Psychopathology

* Undergraduate students who would like to take fewer than 15 graduate credits during their senior year are also eligible to apply.

Following successful completion of the undergraduate program, students will automatically be matriculated into the Counseling MA-degree program, with the following remaining coursework (possible sequence below):

School Counseling

  • Summer Semester 1
    • Session 1 & 2: CNPY 514 Psychopathology
    • Session 1: COUN 530 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
    • Session 2: EDPS 503 Human Growth  and Development
    • COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development
  • Fall Semester 1
    • EDPS 520 Measurement, Tests and Assessments in Counseling
    • CNPY 518 Counseling Children, Adolescents and Families
    • EDSO 510 Sociological/Cultural Foundations of Education
    • COUN 580/581: SC Practicum
  • Spring Semester 1
    • EDUC 500 Introduction to Research
    • COUN 590: Internship I
    • COUN 591: Internship II*
  • Summer Semester 2
    • Session 1: COUN 592: Internship III

*If students are unable to complete their Internship II hours in the Spring, they will be required to take Internship III in the Summer.


Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Summer Semester 1
    • Session 1: COUN 530 Legal
    • Session 2: EDPS 503 Human Growth
    • Session 2: COUN 505 Vocational/Career
  • Fall Semester 1
    • COUN 508: Foundations of CMHC
    • COUN 515: Substance Abuse
    • COUN 520: Multicultural
    • EDUC 500: Research
  • Spring Semester 1
    • EDPS 520 Tests and Measurement
    • COUN 585: Practicum
    • CNPY 516: Advanced Psychopathology
  • Summer Semester 2
    • Session 1: COUN 590: Internship I
    • Session 2: COUN 516: Strategies in Addiction Counseling
  • Fall Semester 2
    • COUN 591: Internship II
    • COUN 660: Supervision
  • Plus One Elective
    • CNPY 518 Counseling Children, Adolescents and Families (Fall, Spring)
    • EDUC 530 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education (Spring)
    • EDPS 521: Statistics and Quantitative Data Analysis (Spring)
    • COUN 535 Holistic Wellness (Summer)
    • EDSO 501 Foundations School Counseling (Fall, Spring)

School Counseling + SAC certificate

  • Summer Semester 1
    • Session 1 & 2 CNPY 514 Psychopathology
    • Session 1 COUN 530 Legal
    • Session 2 EDPS 503 Human Growth
    • Session 2 COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development
  • Fall Semester 1
    • EDSO 510 Sociological/Cultural Foundations of Education
    • COUN 515 Substance Abuse
    • CNPY 518 Counseling Children, Adolescents and Families
  • Spring Semester 1
    • CNSC 580/581 SAC Practicum
    • EDPS 520 Tests and Measurements
    • COUN 516 Strategies in Addictions Counseling
  • Fall Semester 2
    • EDUC 500 Introduction to Research
    • COUN 590: Internship II
    • COUN 591 Internship II
  • Summer Semester 3
    • Session 1: COUN 592 Internship III

*If students are unable to complete their Internship II hours in the Spring, they will be required to take Internship III in the Summer.


Note that the graduate credits taken during the student’s senior year would appear in the GPA and credit hours of the undergraduate transcript until the student receives their bachelor's degree and matriculates as a graduate student into the counseling program. This ensures that all decisions about the undergraduate student while he/she is still in the psychology program will be on the basis of his/her complete academic performance. After the student receives the bachelor’s degree and matriculates into the Master’s program, all graduate courses will then appear as transfer credits on the undergraduate transcript and will be included on the graduate transcript in the GPA and credit hours. Course credits will be counted on both transcripts.