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MA in Psychology, Emphasis in Counseling Psychology

Webster Leiden Campus - Webster University USA
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Program description

MA in Psychology, Emphasis in Counseling Psychology

The mission of the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is to provide its participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in counseling psychology through academic and experiential learning. The program aims at educating future psychologists who have sound knowledge of the theory and practice of counseling psychology, who are competent consumers and creative producers of social science research, who are competent in counseling practice, and who are ethical and sensitive to the cultures, values and worlds of various clients.

Viewing research and practice as interdependent and mutually supportive, the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is based on the scientist-practitioner training model. The program is committed to both (1) preparing counseling psychologists for advanced doctoral studies in psychology and (2) providing training and experience that prepare students for practice. Its goal is to train psychologists who have a sound knowledge of the bases of counseling and psychotherapy. Adopting a multicultural perspective, the program also emphasizes the importance of multicultural competence in both research and practice.

To qualify as a professional psychologist or psychotherapist, a student may be required to complete additional education and licensure proceedings, depending on the national requirements of the country in which he/she wishes to work. For example:

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology from a recognized university as stated in the Admission section located at the front of this catalog or equivalent.
  • A cumulative GPA of a 3.0 from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting institution.
  • Completion of undergraduate coursework in the following areas: (1) introductory or general psychology, (2) statistics, (3) research methods or experimental psychology.
  • Preference in the admission process will be given for applicants demonstrating completed coursework in the following areas: (1) social psychology, (2) biological psychology, neuropsychology or physiological psychology, (3) personality theory, (4) human development or developmental psychology, (5) abnormal psychology.
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae that includes prior employment and related experience.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's professional and academic experience, and one academic reference.
  • A personal statement of approximately 600 words describing the applicant’s academic and professional goals, and reasons for applying for the program.
  • Official English Language proficiency results as stated in the Admission section found in the front of this catalog.
  • A personal interview with senior program faculty members prior to admission decision.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The 48 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) degree must include the following courses:

  • Bases of Counseling Psychology
  • Approaches to Counseling and Therapy
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Design
  • Assessment
  • Group Processes and Group Therapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Ethical and Legal Foundations
  • Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • Special Topics in Counseling Psychology
  • Masters’ Thesis
  • Practice and Supervision
  • Internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the universitywebsite for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Total course fee: €30,000
  • Online total course fee: €28,800


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the main approaches to counseling and psychotherapy and the role of the therapeutic relationship
  • Describe important theories of human development and examine their significance to counseling psychology.
  • Discuss the major categories of psychological disorders and use this knowledge to assess and diagnose psychopathology.
  • Describe the mechanisms of action for a variety of psychopharmacological agents and evaluate the role of psychopharmacology in counseling psychology.
  • Describe the importance of professional ethics and demonstrate how ethical standards and legal requirements are relevant to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Administer and interpret various widely-used psychological tests.
  • Construct the appropriate research design, collect data and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to counseling psychology which add to the discipline.
  • Demonstrate practical counseling skills that can be applied to individuals and groups to address a broad range of issues and settings.
  • Integrate theory, experience, behavioral observation and analysis to systematically enhance counseling knowledge and skills.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of various counseling approaches to the different cultures, values and worldviews of various clients and thereby choose appropriate approaches.

Continuing studies

The MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology is fully accredited in the U.S.

  • Upon completion graduates of the MA in Psychology (emphasis in counseling psychology) can apply to the Dutch Psychological Society (NIP) and Nuffic for recognition of this U.S. accredited degree. The NIP and Nuffic will then inform graduates how this degree equates within the Dutch system but only after completion of the degree.
  • This MA degree is fully accredited in the U.S. and graduates can continue with their professional psychology training in the U.S.
  • Other countries recognize U.S. accreditations. This means this MA Counseling Psychology counts towards the professional psychologist training in many countries. The exact training requirements differ across countries.

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Webster Leiden Campus- Webster University USA

Webster Leiden Campus is the only institute of higher education in the Netherlands offering American accredited degrees (both a BA/BS and MA/MBA education). Webster's mission in the Netherlands is to enrich the lives of global citizens by offering a flexible,...

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Webster Leiden Campus - Webster University USA

Boommarkt 1
2311 EA Leiden Zuid- Holland
the Netherlands

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