M.S. Degree Program

The master's program in counseling psychology prepares individuals aspiring to work as counselors or in counseling-related fields or those hoping to proceed on into doctoral training. The curriculum provides a broad and general introduction to Counseling Psychology theory, research, and clinical practice.  For the Master of Science in counseling psychology degree, students earn a concentration in mental health counseling.

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

Graduate Admission

Prerequisites for Regular Admission

Prerequisites include the following:

  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Examination general test scores
  • For Counseling Psychology - Completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or a related area. (An applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree in education or psychology should have a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in the behavioral sciences.)

    For Educational Psychology and Research - Completed bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, education, or a related area. (An applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree in education or psychology should have a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in the behavioral sciences.)

    For School Psychology - Completed bachelor’s or master’s degree.  School Psychology does not have a requirement for a specific undergraduate background. 

At the first enrollment, a doctoral student reviews any previous graduate work with an advisor to identify any course work in which the student is deficient. Students holding master’s degrees in other areas should recognize that such course work may require up to a year to complete and, in some instances, must be taken before the actual doctoral course requirements.

See individual programs for specific admission requirements and deadlines.

Submit your graduate application online

Admission Requirements

The admission deadline is January 1 to begin course work in the following summer or fall.

Required Admission Materials

  1. Graduate application and application fee. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  2. 1 copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, sent directly to  Graduate Studies. The original transcript is forwarded to the School of Education to complete licensing and/or certification paperwork.
  3. GRE (general test) scores: Institution code, R6871; Major Field code, 2005.  The GRE should have been taken within five years of the application date, and scores should typically equal or exceed the 50th percentile.
  4. Letter of intent.
  5. Résumé.
  6. 3 letters of recommendation from people who can assess the applicant’s prospects for completing the program.

M.S. Degree Requirements

The mental health concentration requires about 60 credit hours of course work. Individuals wishing to become licensed professional counselors in Kansas need to meet additional requirements, described online. You also may wish to consult the American Counseling Association’s website for additional information. Besides a core of work in counseling psychology (including counseling theory, career development, interviewing, assessment, group counseling, professional issues, and practicum), work is required in developmental psychology, research, and diagnosis and psychopathology. All students complete either a thesis, a research project, or a comprehensive examination. After entering the program, students should meet with an advisor to plan a schedule for completing degree requirements. Students in the Kansas City area may take a few courses at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

M.S. Counseling Psychology - Comprehensive Exam option

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 7153EPSY 8303
EPSY 7253EPSY 8753
EPSY 7403EPSY 8803
EPSY 7423EPSY 8903
EPSY 8463EPSY 896 (Advanced Counseling Skills)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 8426EPSY 842 6
EPSY 8443EPSY 8453
EPSY 7053EPSY 9563
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 60
 

Masters of Counseling Psychology - Thesis option

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 7153EPSY 8303
EPSY 7253EPSY 8753
EPSY 7403EPSY 8803
EPSY 7423EPSY 8903
EPSY 8463EPSY 896 (Advanced Counseling Skills)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 8426EPSY 8426
EPSY 8443EPSY 8453
EPSY 7053EPSY 9563
EPSY 7103EPSY 8992
EPSY 7111 
EPSY 899 (or taken summer)2 
 18 14
Total Hours: 62

Masters in Counseling Psychology - Project option

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 7153EPSY 8303
EPSY 7253EPSY 8753
EPSY 7403EPSY 8803
EPSY 7423EPSY 8903
EPSY 8463EPSY 896 (Advanced Counseling Skills)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 8426C&T 8426
EPSY 8443EPSY 8453
EPSY 7053EPSY 9563
EPSY 899 (or taken summer)2EPSY 8982
Elective3 
 17 14
Total Hours: 61

Students that wish to gain their PhD are encouraged to follow the following Master's programs:

Masters of Counseling Psychology - Ph.D. Aspirant Track - Comprehensive Exam option

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 7153EPSY 8303
EPSY 7253EPSY 8753
EPSY 7403EPSY 8803
EPSY 7423EPSY 8903
EPSY 8463EPSY 896 (Advanced Counseling Skills)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 8426EPSY 8426
EPSY 8443Elective3
EPSY 7053Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 60

Masters of Counseling Psychology - Ph.D. Aspirant Track - Thesis option

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 7153EPSY 8303
EPSY 7253EPSY 8753
EPSY 7403EPSY 8803
EPSY 7423EPSY 8903
EPSY 8463EPSY 896 (Advanced Counseling Skills)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 8426EPSY 8426
EPSY 8443Elective3
EPSY 7053Elective3
EPSY 7103EPSY 8992
EPSY 7111 
EPSY 899 (or taken summer)2 
 18 14
Total Hours: 62

Masters of Counseling Psychology - Ph.D. Aspirant Track - Project option

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 7153EPSY 8303
EPSY 7253EPSY 8753
EPSY 7403EPSY 8803
EPSY 7423EPSY 8903
EPSY 8463EPSY 896 (Advanced Counseling Skills)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
EPSY 8426EPSY 8426
EPSY 8443Elective3
EPSY 7053Elective3
EPSY 898 (or taken summer)2EPSY 8982
Elective3 
 17 14
Total Hours: 61