Guide to Master’s Degrees in Counseling Psychology
MPCAC-Accredited Master’s in Counseling Psychology & Related Programs
Counseling Psychology Degrees: Master’s vs. Doctorate
Academic vs. Professional Degrees
Is a Master’s in Counseling Psychology Right for You?
If the answer is something like “to help people” or “to change lives,” keep in mind that there are many ways to help people. Counseling psychology can be deeply rewarding, but it’s also time-intensive and challenging. If, on the other hand, you want to help people and are also intrigued by psychological ideas—like how humans problem-solve and how depression affects the brain—then counseling psychology could be the right path for you.
Psychology is just one type of vocation within the broad field of mental health and counseling. If your goal is to become a family therapist or a social worker, an undergraduate psychology degree may help to prepare you for graduate studies in either area. But there are other career paths to consider. We’ll walk you through some other options below.
Many states require psychology counselors to have a license, and to get that license, you’ll need the appropriate degree—usually a doctorate. Check the requirements in your state before deciding which degree to pursue.
A limited number of graduate programs offer master’s degrees specifically in counseling psychology. If you can’t find a counseling psychology program that’s a good fit for you, you may want to consider a similar degree instead.
Then again, before ruling out a program entirely, check to see what options the school offers for getting your degree. Some schools provide flexible options to get your master’s in counseling psychology online or attend on a part-time basis.