MA in Clinical & Counseling Psychology

"The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology prepares students for the professional practice of counseling, assessment and/or mental health research. The curriculum provides a solid grounding in both theories and interventions that can be applied to a wide variety of mental health, academic and research settings. We emphasize clinical skills, ethical responsibility, cultural competency, self-awareness, and current body of knowledge in the scientific, methodological and theoretical foundations of practice. Our program expects students to become compassionate and caring scientist-practitioners with motivation to continue learning and furthering their development throughout their professional careers. 

This program prepares our students for careers as Master’s level mental health clinicians, researchers, or to work in various human services settings. In addition, the program will offer a unique foundation for candidates pursuing doctoral-level studies.

The M.A in Clinical and Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) under the psychology academic standards for the period of July, 2015 through July, 2025.

See here for program structure and reasons for applying.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution. Graduating seniors are expected to submit final transcript following graduation and prior to enrollment at WPU. 
  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Competitive GRE scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years. Applicants who have already earned a master's degree may have their GRE requirement waived and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The William Paterson University PSYCAS GRE Code is 4220. The Psychology subject GRE is NOT required. (quantitative, verbal, and writing portions of the GRE are waived for the 2021 admission cycle) 
  • Personal statement that addresses ALL of the following:
    • What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
    • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
    • Why does this program represent a good fit for you?
  • Three professional recommendations from individuals who know you well (preferably drawn from academic and clinical/human service areas). Personal or non-professional references are not accepted. 
  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume which includes clinical, research and/or human services experiences
  • An undergraduate background that includes the following courses:
    • General Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Research Methods/Experimental Design or Statistics
    • Developmental Psychology
      Strong applicants who are deficient in any of the four prerequisite courses may be considered for admission if the applicant provides documented evidence of course equivalencies. 
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the M.A. Program Admissions Committee

Application Deadline

March 1st (Priority for Graduate Assistantship)

May 1st (Final Deadline)

Non-degree status not available

Application Submission

All application materials should be submitted to PSYCAS, please do not fill out or send any materials via the WPU graduate admissions portal. For more information, visit our admissions page.


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