College of Liberal Arts

Psychology (M.A) - Counseling Psychology

Is Counseling Psychology right for me?

Towson offers one of the few graduate-level counseling psychology programs in the area to train students to become licensed clinical professional counselors. Full-time students can complete program requirements in two years, but students may attend part time for a portion of their degree work. The post-master's program allows students to complete all of the required 60 credits/units for licensure in Maryland. The program also trains individuals to support the growth and development of individuals with mental health problems and those who have difficulty coping with the challenges of everyday life, and is targeted to individuals with interests in counseling clients with personal, social, vocational and educational concerns.

  • Meet Licensing Requirements
  • The program allows students to accumulate as many as 1,000 of the 3,000 supervised hours required for licensure while in the master's program. Faculty members work closely with students to ensure clinical requirements are met.

  • Advance Your Career or Educational Objectives
  • Many students continue course work in the post-master's program ( CAS program – see below), seeking licensure as clinical professional counselors. Graduates find employment in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, hospitals, group homes, rehabilitation centers and substance abuse programs. Graduates are also well prepared to gain admission into doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology.

  • Certificate of Advanced Study
  • The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in counseling psychology is specifically designed for post-master's degree students seeking to take up to 30 credits/units beyond the master's degree to meet their educational and career objectives. Each student's program is custom tailored and students may take courses that include career development, counseling strategies for drug and alcohol abuse, family counseling techniques and multicultural counseling.


The counseling psychology master's program trains students to facilitate personal, educational, vocational, and group adjustment across the lifespan. Counselors work in a in a variety of settings such as community mental health agencies, group homes, university career and counseling centers, rehabilitation programs, substance abuse treatment centers, and psychiatric hospitals.

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Towson University offers a practitioner track and aresearch track from which degree candidates choose. Students in the practitioner track of the M.A. Counseling Psychology program are trained to work as counselors and therapists at the master's level. Graduates of the practitioner track may choose to continue their education in a Psy.D. program or enroll in the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS program) to accrue additional credits toward licensure at the master's level. The M.A. Counseling Psychology research track provides students the experience, knowledge, and skills required for successful Ph.D. program admission. Students in this track receive intensive training and mentorship in research methodology, statistics, and complete an M.A. thesis. Students who graduate from the research track may choose to apply to doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology or pursue additional courses to meet requirements for licensure.

Both tracks of the counseling psychology M.A. program require the completion 48 credit hours which includes supervised practicum and internship experience. Advancement to candidacy and comprehensive examinations are also required.

  Christa Schmidt, Ph.D.
Program Director counselingpsychology


Aryn Spry
Graduate Assistant


Pauline Minnaar
Graduate Assistant







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