Bastyr University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology is a regionally accredited, two-year graduate program leading to eligibility to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).
Emphasizing whole-person wellness and healing, the program embodies a fresh approach to mental health counseling that is grounded in health psychology. Beyond simply preparing students to become qualified licensed mental health practitioners, Bastyr’s counseling program fosters a deep understanding of an integrative approach to individual and societal mental health. This prepares graduates to effectively address mind, body and spirit wellness in clients.
The program’s course format accommodates traditional students and working professionals who desire nontraditional course scheduling, and facilitates intensive and meaningful learning opportunities to train exceptional clinicians. At the Kenmore campus, classes are typically held on Saturday and Sunday and, in San Diego, classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
Entering students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate degree. In addition, an introductory course in general psychology must have been completed with a grade of B or better within the last seven years. Students must also submit a statement of intent and two letters of recommendation.
Our most competitive applicants have experience, either paid or volunteer, in applied (face-to-face) social services. It is strongly recommend that students gain experience in the social services field prior to applying for this program.
In addition, prospective students are highly encouraged to have experience with in-person psychology courses. The on-site, cohort model of this program requires that students be familiar with and comfortable in an intense faceto-face classroom setting.
Meeting the minimum admissions requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. This Master's program has a competitive admissions process and only highly qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview.
Kenmore, Washington campus
San Diego, California campus - Starting Fall 2018
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 24 percent in the next decade. Insurance companies increasingly are providing reimbursement of counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists. In this context, the growing demand for mental health professionals will allow a graduate of Bastyr’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program to successfully:
(Please note the following information applies to the program currently offered at the Kenmore campus. Information on the clinical opportunities at the San Diego program will be posted as soon as it is available.)
As a student pursuing the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP), you will learn to put theories and skills into practice with supervised clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
This real-world experience prepares you to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), with guidance by experienced mental health professionals from Bastyr's clinical faculty.
Your rotation at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health begins during the summer term of your first year in the program. You will practice basic counseling and assessment skills as you assist clients with mental health issues.
With an average of 35,000 patient visits annually, Bastyr Center offers a valuable opportunity for you to interact with a culturally diverse client population. Through this clinical experience, you'll learn to recognize health conditions and support clients in dealing with multiple psychological disorders.
This clinical training at Bastyr Center, combined with the external work experience required of MACP students, will provide a foundation for effective clinical practice in your future career.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The educational objectives of the M.A. in Counseling Psychology are focused on the education and training of our graduates. We support our graduates in becoming: