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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (Nevada)

Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree provides the academic pathway for students who are committed to the practice of professional counseling. The program includes core courses that all students must take and two optional tracks:

  • The MA Counseling Psychology - Nevada LCPC is based on the academic requirements to be eligible for licensing as a licensed clinical professional counselor by the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors.
  • The MA Counseling Psychology - Nevada MFT Specialization is based the academic requirements to be eligible for licensure as a marriage and family therapist by the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors.

The Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors does not approve programs in Professional Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy. The Board of Examiners reviews each applicant's transcript to determine whether certain substantive subject matter areas have been adequately studied. National University has designed, to the best of it's ability, a program that meets the Board of Examiners requirements based on the best available information from the Board. However, because the Board of Examiners does not approve any sequence of courses as meeting its requirements, National University cannot guarantee that any specific course sequence will fully meet Board requirements.The degree may not meet requirements in other states. Students should consult the licensing boards of the appropriate states for information about the MFT outside of Nevada. The degree also prepares students for the pursuit of doctoral studies in practitioner-oriented programs such as counseling or clinical psychology.

Program Specifications:

  • Students must complete all coursework with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all courses in this program. Students who receive a grade of "C+" or lower in two (2) or more courses must repeat all such courses before being allowed to continue in the program. Students who receive a "D" or "F" grade in any course must repeat the course.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of individual, marital, family, or group psychotherapy before taking the first Counseling Practicum course and another 15 hours before graduation for a total of 25 hours.
  • MAC/NV-LCPC amp; MFT Students must obtain a total of 100 hours of counseling experience at a designated practicum site with an approved practicum site supervisor during PSY 651A, B, C, and D. During each of these courses, 75 hours must involve face-to-face psychotherapy with clients.
  • Independent studies are not allowed in this program without departmental approval.
  • Nevada students seeking licensure must register with the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors after graduation and fulfill all NV licensing requirements.
  • Students are also urged to join their respective professional association. Students in the NV-MFT and NV-LCPC specializations must obtain malpractice insurance, which may be obtained through their professional association another professional organization.
  • Students must complete all coursework within seven years. Any courses taken more than seven years ago must be repeated.

Application Requirements

Students interested in enrolling in this program should contact the Henderson campus for further information regarding the application process.To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the University graduate admission requirements listed in the general information for graduate degrees as well as the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program criteria. All applicants are evaluated in terms of the requirements for preparation for the psychotherapy profession, regardless of career goals. Students must submit an application packet, pass a personal interview, and attend the program orientation before they may begin classes.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Establish professional relationships with diverse clients that provide the necessary conditions for therapeutic change.
  2. Diagnose and assess categories of mental distress, psychopathology, and problems in living in diverse individuals, couple, families, and systems according to the current diagnostic systems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to develop strategies and detailed plans for successful and ethical psychotherapeutic interventions with diverse client groups in various clinical contexts, including crisis intervention and case management assessment.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of various models of psychotherapy, capacity to critically evaluate and assess their effectiveness, and execute psychotherapeutic interventions within diverse relationships.
  5. Integrate professioanl and personal development through self reflection and introspective awareness.


(with Area of Specialization in Clinical Professional Counseling 18 Courses ; 75 quarter units)
(with Area of specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy 19 Courses, 79.5 quarter units)

To receive the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, students must complete the number of credits listed above for their selected specialization. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Prerequisite Recommended Preparation (1 course, 4.5 quarter units)

Candidates who have not previously completed this course or its equivalent are strongly urged to do so. PSY429 can be taken either online or in a classroom.

Program Core Requirements (12 courses; 54 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):

Area of Specialization

Students must choose one of the following specializations:


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