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MA in Psychology, Emphasis in Counseling Psychology

Webster Leiden Campus
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
August 2023

August 2024

August 2025

About this program

MA in Psychology, Emphasis in Counseling Psychology

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 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. 

Example Internship: 

Students have access to the departments' unique project ‘The Bijlmer Project’ based in Amsterdam focusing on Contemporary Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Admission requirements

  1. Submit the online application form
  2. Attach required documents
    • Required: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  3. Invitation for Department Interview (Virtual) 
  4. Receive your admissions decision by e-mail
  5. Confirm your enrollment with a deposit
  6. Immigration team begins collecting your paperwork and submitting your immigration application.

  • Early Decision Applicants: Students joining in the Fall must apply by March 1st of the previous year.
  • Transfer Applicants: Graduate students may qualify to transfer a maximum of 12 credits, pending approval. 
  • Visa Applicants: Apply 3 months before start of program. 
  • Deposit amounts vary depending on the applicants immigration category: EUR 250 (EU) | EUR 1000 (RP Required) | EUR 8000 (Visa Required)

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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

Carefully tailored financing packages available with advising from your Admissions Officer: 

  • Generous scholarship packages are available for financial need and merit based applicants usually in the range of 20% to 30%.
  • Discounts apply for Alumni and Student Referrals.
  • US Applicants are eligible for FAFSA (Code: 002521)
  • US Applicants are eligible for Military Benefits.
  • Occasional on-campus positions open up for student employees. 


  • Price per course: €1,785
  • Price in total: €28,560
  • Pay as you go model: you pay for the courses you are enrolled in so to better distribute the financial burden for our students. 
  • Included: all course materials are included (books, online access) 


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.

Career paths

  • Continue to PhD Programs in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology 
  • Counselor
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Clinical Counselor

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Webster Leiden Campus

Boommarkt 1
2311 EA Leiden Zuid- Holland
the Netherlands

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