Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program Rocklin and Sacramento, CA

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is carefully designed to meet California state requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licenses. It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory, integrated with Biblical principles throughout the curriculum. Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships and supportive growth.

WASC has granted final accreditation approval and the program is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is a graduate degree that prepares students for:

  • Counseling: Individuals/Couples/Children/Families
  • Consulting
  • Agency Affiliations
  • Churches/Ministry Affiliations
  • Doctoral Preparation

Program Duration: 63 units over 2 years and 8 weeks
Class Time: Each course is one night per week for 8 weeks, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Courses per Semester: 3 or 4 courses, depending on the semester.


(3) Basic Counseling Skills & Treatment Planning
(3) Advanced Personality Theory & Individual Therapy
(3) Law and Ethics
(3) Life Span Development
(3) Psychopathology
(3) Family Systems Therapy
(3) Child/Adolescent Therapy & Abuse Reporting
(3) Marital Therapy & Domestic Violence
(3) Crisis and Trauma in Community Mental Health
(3) Human Diversity
(3) Research Methods
(3) Psychopharmacology
(3) Addictions Therapy
(3) Human Sexuality
(3) Assessment Measures & Techniques
(3) Group Therapy
(3) Electives (choose one):
a) Advanced Child Therapy
b) Advanced Marital Therapy
c) Advanced Career Counseling
(1) Career Development and Spiritual Formation I
(1) Career Development and Spiritual Formation II
(1) Career Development and Pre-Practicum Preparation
(3) Practicum I
(3) Practicum II
(3) Practicum III Capstone: (Final Case and Research Project)

How many units is the MACP degree?

63 units.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2016-17 school year is $600 per unit.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Government loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of six units per semester.

How many units is each course?

Three units.

How long is each course?

Eight weeks.

Do I need to take the courses in any specific order?

Yes. This is a sequentially scheduled cohort-based program.

What is a cohort?

A group of students together for the duration of the degree program.

How much homework will there be each week?

Courses are designed for about 20 hours per week of work. Some students may work more quickly. Others may require additional time.

Will I be required to do group work?

Groups assignments are not the norm. However , every course expects you to participate in online discussions with our classmates each week.

Who do I contact if I need help during a course?

For most questions your first point of contact will be your instructor. For technical support questions, please contact our IT department at: helpdesk [at] jessup [dot] edu.

What is the Practicum like?

The Practicum experience is required by the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) and includes 280 hours of face-to-face counseling before graduation. The accrual of hours continues after graduation for a total of 3,000 for licensure.

At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?

We require a Final Case and Research Project, which is a minimum 25-page written paper that will be reviewed by two instructors, including at least one full-time faculty.

Is this program accredited by CACREP or AAMFT?

No. In our research of necessary accreditation for our MFT Program, we found that about 8 schools in California have AAMFT certification, and about 7 have CACREP, while over 80 do not, including most of the UC and State universities. WJU has chosen to pursue BBS state accreditation because the required competencies are clear and comprehensive, allowing us to design a challenging, well planned and rigorous program. In the future we will evaluate various types of accreditation to insure an ongoing quality program.


  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university—Official Transcripts Required
  • GPA: minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters from academic or employment sources.
  • Personal Essay of faith development and interest in pursuing Psychology
  • Oral interview if requested


  • Biopsychology

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