M.S. in Counseling
California State University, Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
California State University, Fullerton - Garden Grove*
12901 Euclid Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840-5214
*Students are admitted to the Garden Grove program only every three years
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.
Length of Program
Fall and Spring classes meet once a week in late afternoons and evenings. Some daytime classes are available for students who prefer this time period. Summer classes meet twice a week. Full-time students typically take four courses during the Fall and Spring semesters, and one or two Summer courses. Part-time students typically take two to three courses during Fall and Spring semesters and one course in the Summer.
Fullerton Campus: Fall
Garden Grove Campus: Spring
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
60 students annually at main campus; 24 students every 3 years at Garden Grove campus
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
The Department of Counseling requires that students have a total of 700 Practicum hours during their practicum year with a minimum of 280 direct client contact hours.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
We may suggest getting therapy as you train to be a counselor. We believe strongly that it is important for counselors to experience what they ask of their clients. It is also important to know oneself in a new kind of way in order to manage countertransference and remain healthy during the process of working clinically with others. So, we hope you will all consider, if you have not already, getting into individual or group therapy at some point.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Fullerton Program: October 1 - February 1
Garden Grove Program: August 1 - November 1
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the undergraduate degree.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 for four prerequisite courses in behavioral science courses (or equivalents):
- counseling theory
- research methods or statistics
- abnormal psychology
- human development
Prerequisites may be taken at California State University Fullerton, or at any accredited graduate, undergraduate or community/junior college. Several different course titles may meet the content areas we require. In some cases, a combination of several courses may be deemed equivalent to a single prerequisite course. It is the student's responsibility to provide relevant information (e.g. syllabi, course descriptions, and assignments) when requested.
At least two of the four prerequisites must be completed at the time of entrance; any remaining prerequisite(s) must be completed during the first semester of enrollment.
3 Letters of Recommendation
These letters should address the author's assessment of your suitability for pursuing graduate studies and entering the counseling profession. At least one letter must be academic (i.e., written by a professor or an instructor). The Department understands that for some applicants, contacting former instructors is not feasible; in these situations, professional references, written by supervisors or managers who are familiar with your work, are also appropriate.
A detailed personal statement (approximately 3,000 words) should inform the faculty about the applicant's:
- Educational Background
- Personal biography and its relevance to your goal of becoming a counselor
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Understanding of the counseling profession, and motivation and suitability for entering it;
- Long-term professional goals.
- This statement is very important because it enables the faculty to make informed decisions regarding admission.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
(Reprinted from program website.)
The faculty in the Department of Counseling are committed to training competent professionals who are eligible for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists or Professional Clinical Counselors in clinical mental health settings in the state of California. We work with students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who are committed to improving the quality of life for children and adults in the community. We utilize an integrated approach in conceptualizing prevention, assessment, treatment, and research. Practice-based student learning is constructed through partnerships with nonprofit agencies in diverse communities. Students are expected to engage in reflective practice, to consistently apply ethical standards, to practice cultural sensitivity, and to take responsibility for social change. We collaborate with students as they develop cultural competence and professional identities that incorporate a dedication to service and life-long learning. We strive to create an education that is guided by relevant community needs and research on learning.
As an academic department in a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton is highly committed to educating and training culturally competent counselors working with the Latina/o community locally in Orange County as well as nation-wide. Our training program is grounded in ethical and professional standards and draws from the most current research available. Further, the scholarly interests of many faculty members are focused on enhancing the profession’s understanding of how to meet the mental health needs of the Latino/a population.
Graduate students in the counseling program have the opportunity to select practicum sites that cater to the Latino/a population in Southern California. For students working in these settings, the department offers Bilingual and Bicultural Practicum Supervision for students working with Latina/o and Spanish-speaking clients. This practicum supervision is unique as there are few such programs in existence nationwide. The course curriculum is grounded in CACREP Standards and nationally approved (ACA) professional competencies. The course provides an opportunity to receive bilingual and bicultural supervision that in addition to covering all the requirements of Practicum focuses on issues related to Latina/o and Spanish-speaking clients, including acculturation, immigration, value systems, intergenerational family conflict, ethnic identity, and intersection of various other diversity dimensions (gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, social class, etc.). The class is held in English and Spanish, though preference for this practicum is given to students with basic skills in spoken-Spanish. Also, this practicum section is only offered when there are enough students to fill a section. This practicum course is an opportunity to increase a student’s (1) self-awareness as a bilingual and bicultural counselor, (2) knowledge of Latino-cultures and therapeutic-Spanish, and (3) familiarity with interventions appropriate to Latina/o and Spanish-speaking clients.
The Counseling Department’s training program in Latina/o Mental Health is evolving with increased research, a Latina/o Mental Health Center, and a comprehensive certificate program in the future. We believe graduates equipped with these highly-sought after bilingual, bicultural, and culturally competent skills will be prepared to more appropriately meet the mental health needs of the Latina/o community.