Combined B.A. in Psychology/ M.A. in Counselling (All Options)

The combined B.A./M.A. program is available for three different tracks in counseling: specialization in mental health counseling, specialization in school counseling, and specialization in art therapy. It is designed to facilitate the ongoing academic accomplishments of students who have established a record of excellence in psychology or in psychology/art therapy at the undergraduate level. Acceptance into the program will allow up to 12 psychology credits to be “double-counted” toward both the B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling. The student pays undergraduate tuition for graduate courses taken prior to completing the bachelor’s degree, which is awarded upon completion of the bachelor’s requirements. 

Note that the 12 double-counted credits will be designated as “applicable to the graduate degree” only after the student receives the bachelor’s degree and matriculates into the master’s program, which designation will be canceled if the student withdraws from graduate study before completing the master’s program. In that case, Caldwell College will count those credits only towards the student’s undergraduate degree. Note also that grades below B in a graduate-level courses will necessitate that the student retake that course. Students will only be permitted to take one graduate course per semester while still an undergraduate (under special circumstances, with permission a student may take two).

Admissions RequirementsCurriculum Substitutions
 

Students may apply in the semester prior to the semester during which they intend to begin the combined degree program.

  • Completion of at least 60 undergraduate credits with a minimum 3.3 overall GPA (this minimum must be maintained also for the remainder of the undergraduate coursework).
  • Psychology majors: For those undergraduate students with a psychology major who wish to pursue the mental health counseling specialization, school counseling specialization or the art therapy specialization, completed courses should include PS 208 Psychological Statistics, PS 402 Experimental Psychology, and PS 309 Psychopathology, and two courses from the following: PS150/207 General Psychology, PS 232 Psychology of Personality and a course in human development. Students who wish to pursue the school counseling specialization should have completed PS 208 Psychological Statistics and PS 402 Experimental Psychology, and one of the following: child/adolescent development or another course in human development (or their equivalents, if the student has transferred to Caldwell College).
  • Double-majors with an art therapy concentration: For those undergraduate students with an art major who wish to pursue the art therapy specialization, completion of at least three of the M.A. program’s undergraduate psychology prerequisites and AR 111 Drawing, AR 113 2D Design, and AR 118 3D Design (or their equivalent).
  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty in psychology and/or art (forms provided).
  • Submission of an APA style paper.
  • Personal or group interview with program coordinator.
  • Completed graduate application form.

Students may fulfill undergraduate program requirements or electives with graduate courses according to the tables below.

Toward an M.A. in Counseling – all options:

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE        GRADUATE SUBSTITUTE       
PS 318 Cross-Cultural Counseling CPS 653 Multicultural Counseling
PS 330 Psychology of Addiction CPS 637 Substance Abuse Counseling
PS 201 Human Growth & Development CPS 667 Lifespan Development

Additional Substitution for M.A. in Counseling with Mental Health Counseling Specialization:

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GRADUATE SUBSTITUTE
PS 310 Career Counseling CPS 633 Career Counseling
PS 313 Counseling Psychology   CPS 520 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
PS 326 Cognitive Psychology                  CPS 619 Counseling Practice Seminar: Cognitive and Behavior Theories

Additional Substitutions for M.A. in Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization:

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GRADUATE SUBSTITUTE
PS 310 Career Counseling       CPS 633 Career Counseling
AT 310 Art Therapy Methods   CAT 507 Art Therapy Methods in Counseling
AT 320 Art Therapy in Practice   CAT 501 History & Development of Art Therapy
And                                                                One CAT Elective with Advisement

Additional Substitutions for M.A. in Counseling with School Counseling Specialization:

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE GRADUATE SUBSTITUTE
PS 310 Career Counseling   CPS 505 College and Career Counseling for School Counselors
PS 313 Counseling Psychology CPS 500 Introduction to School Counseling
PS 326 Cognitive Psychology                  CPS 673 Foundations of Brief Counseling Modalities

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