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California Baptist University

California Baptist University


M.S. in Counseling Psychology

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

California Baptist University
James 115
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

(951) 343-4487

CBU M.S. in Counseling Psychology Program Page


Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered

Forensic Psychology concentration

Length of Program

2-4 years


Classes offered Monday through Thursday @ 4pm and 7pm, some Saturday classes required; Special Topics classes not offered every semester

Program Start 

Fall (September), Spring (January), Summer (May)

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

Beyond meeting the basic academic requirements for licensure, the MS in Counseling Psychology Degree curriculum develops a thorough understanding of human behavior through the study of psychological theory and research as well as theology. Courses integrate clinical theory with issues of faith, exploring the application and relevance of theological concepts to counseling therapy. While incorporating individual beliefs and values, courses also encourage students to examine the intersection between their personal and professional lives. This inward examination coupled with rigorous clinical training develops counseling professionals who understand and uphold the highest standards and ethics.

Entering Class Size

Fall: ~60 students
Spring: ~30 students
Sumer: ~15 students

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Minimum 400 hours

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Students entering the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology (MFT) at California Baptist University will be required to complete twenty-four (24) hours of individual psychotherapy or fifty (50) hours of group psychotherapy with a licensed psychotherapist.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Students in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program will be required to successfully pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The exam will be taken concurrent with the Practicum during the last year of the program. The exam includes the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) and written vignette questions that address diagnosis, law/ ethics, and treatment planning.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline
Fall: April 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

Standard Deadline
Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 1

Undergraduate GPA Required

Minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission and 2.75 for conditional admission. See GRE Requirement.

GRE Requirement

Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may be considered for admission with the presentation of a minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GRE is not required for applicants who meet the minimum GPA requirement.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Developmental Psychology or Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Theories of Personality
  • Statistics

Application Highlights

Comprehensive essay of at least 500 words that includes:

  • Purpose for entering the program
  • Experiences that have directed your interest toward becoming a therapist
  • Religious background, present pattern of spiritual growth, fundamentals of personal faith and the relationship between your faith and professional goals
  • Influences that have shaped your present values and approach to life
  • Reasons for choosing to study at CBU
  • A response to this question, “Have you ever received psychiatric treatment or counseling, yes or no?” If yes, please provide a brief explanation.

Three recommendations from sources who can address your potential for success. It is preferred that one recommendation be from a professor or instructor.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Interview[s] with Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology

The MS in Counseling Psychology can be paired with the MA in Counseling Ministry, preparing candidates for MFT licensure as well as church-based counseling.
— California Baptist University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program is designed to equip students with counseling techniques that assist individuals and families by restoring wholeness and balance in their lives.

Students will gain the practical experience to counsel in a variety of settings. Teaching the necessary skills to address mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the community is at the heart of the program.

MS in Counseling Psychology students are able to apply theories learned in the classroom to real-world clinical environments. Widely recognized and highly respected by public, private and faith-based agencies throughout the Inland Empire, the program offers candidates the opportunity to observe and experience a diverse range of clinical settings, under the close guidance of seasoned faculty and on-site supervisors.