counseling psychology

Counseling Psychology, MS

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program is the oldest and largest graduate program at CBU. Founded over 40 years ago, this prestigious faith-based degree equips students with the ability to reconcile and restore relationships affecting individuals, couples and families.

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Program Intro

In CBU’s MS in Counseling Psychology program, seasoned core faculty teach from a biblically rooted perspective enabling students to address mental, emotional and spiritual needs in the community. The program is widely recognized and highly respected by public, private and faith-based agencies throughout the Inland Empire community. 

62 Units

*62-86 Units

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2 Years
$815 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your MS in Counseling Psychology at CBU?

Qualify for licensure

The MS in Counseling Psychology program aligns with the degree and coursework requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California, and as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) (for those students who complete the PCC course sequence), as set forth by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

Apply knowledge in practice

Through our practicum settings, candidates are provided with the opportunity to put theory in to practice in real-world settings. We have over 100 well established organizational relationships that provide our students with experience in a diverse range of clinical settings, including community mental health, school-based, church-based, and additional contexts. Each placement is pre-approved by the department to meet BBS and CBU standards. Experienced licensed supervisors provide our students with the necessary guidance to not only gain the appropriate and required experience, but to prepare them to pass state licensure. Additionally, in the PCC course sequence, students have the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary mental health simulations with students from a variety of health care disciplines.

Discover how faith affects therapy

All of our courses integrate theory and faith. Faculty teach from a biblically rooted perspective enabling students to become strong and compassionate, ethical counselors dedicated to raising the client’s quality of life. Faculty encourage students to incorporate individual beliefs and values as well as explore the intersection between their personal and professional lives. This inward examination, together with rigorous clinical training and a required personal psychotherapy, develops counseling professionals to uphold the highest standards of ethical professionalism.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

PSY 500: Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology

Examination of the effects of therapeutic interventions on culturally distinct populations. 

PSY 511: Couples Therapy and Intimate Partner Violence

Address the principles and techniques of effective therapy with couples. Intimate partner violence detection, prevention, and treatment will be integrated into the treatment of couples.

PSY 590: Christian Perspective on Professional Counseling

Faculty and student dialog on issues and topics related to the integration of Christianity and psychology.

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  • Optional Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Optional Professional Clinical Counselor Coursework

Angela Deulen, Ed.D.

Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: 951-343-4204
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 128B

Antonio Mejico Jr., Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Associate Dean for Academic Services, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Director of The Center for Community Engagement and Social Innovation

Office Phone: 951-552-8949
Office Location: James 114

Mischa Routon, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Associate Dean of Faculty Development, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Director, Master in Counseling Psychology program

Office Phone: 951-343-4206
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 110

Jan Stanfield, MSW

Assistant Professor Social Work
Co-Director of Clinical Training MSCP Program
Faculty Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Faculty in Social Work Department

Office Phone: 951-343-4503
Office Location: James Building 269

As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.
Application Deadlines Fall Spring Summer
Priority May 15 November 1 March 1
Standard August 1 December 1 April 1

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Diana Negrete Zambrano

I graduated in May 2021 and I had my job lined up and ready to go as soon as I crossed the stage. If and when I ever need feedback or guidance from one of my professors I know they will always have their doors open for me.

Diana Negrete Zambrano '19 and '21
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Mighty Oak Community Counseling Center

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Career Possibilities

Upon completing CBU’s MS in Counseling Psychology program, students will be well prepared for careers in counseling and therapy. 

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Private Practice Therapist
  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor
  • Couples Therapist

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