Master of arts (MA)
Credits required: 48
- The number of Master's degrees conferred in the fields of health professions and related clinical sciences increased by 53.8 percent between 1999 and 2009.
National Center for Education Statistics
Create your path to a successful career in counseling.
You love helping others realize their full potential and are ready to reach your own. With a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University, career advancement is in your hands.
Many advanced psychology degree programs are earned en route to Ph.D. But a Ph.D. isn't for everyone. Once you obtain your master's degree at WMU, and you can apply for a State of Michigan license as a temporary limited licensed psychologist. Then you can move on to your Ph.D. if you want to.
Why counseling psychology at Western Michigan University?
When it comes to completing practicum hours as a graduate student, the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology provides ample opportunities with two on-site clinics, one in Kalamazoo and one in Grand Rapids. WMU's unique approach to certification puts the options in your hands.
Who should apply
Prospective students with a strong undergraduate academic career (3.0 or higher cumulative GPA) in psychology or a related field are encouraged to apply.
The program emphasizes and prepares students to offer services in a variety of mental health settings and is designed for students seeking limited licensure as a psychologist in the State of Michigan. A Master of Arts degree is considered the baseline qualification for many entry level jobs in the field.
Employer tuition reimbursement
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
"Best bang for the buck"
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.