Counseling Psychology

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Counseling Psychology
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree


PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for the Counseling Psychology program has been changed to December 15 for fall admission.

The Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology provides students a broad-based learning experience in the counseling psychology field. Students enrolled in the program learn about the principles of individual and group counseling; statistical methods; psychometric theory; educational psychology; and learning, cognition, and development.

A focus on multicultural aspects of counseling psychology is integrated throughout the program.

The Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology prepares students for various roles in the mental health profession. In addition, the Ed.M. prepares students for study towards a doctoral degree in professional psychology. A professional psychologist applies psychological principles to help individual, group, or institutional clients with the development of human potential and the prevention and remediation of human problems. Independent practice as a professional psychologist ordinarily requires:

  • a doctorate in professional psychology (counseling, clinical, industrial/organizational, or school);
  • a supervised internship experience; and
  • a professional license in the state(s) where the practice is conducted.

The master’s program in counseling psychology at the GSE meets the needs of prospective applicants by providing an opportunity for students from diverse cultural, educational, and personal backgrounds to demonstrate competence in graduate-level courses required by doctoral programs in professional psychology; by encouraging students to explore the professional specialty of counseling psychology; and by qualifying those who complete the program satisfactorily to apply (without assurance of admission) to doctoral training programs.


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by December 15 for fall admission and by October 15 for spring admission.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.

Program Requirements

The Ed.M. program in counseling psychology does not include practicum training, although students can engage in a fieldwork experience. Fieldwork is an extra course in addition to the required 33 credits.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers.