M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue - Bertrand Hall
San Rafael, CA 94901
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
While students may prefer to go full-time, many students' lives require a part-time academic schedule. Many of our students have successfully completed the program while maintaining full or part-time employment. All courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening, and on occasional Saturdays to accommodate the needs of working students.
We offer an evening and weekend program with courses from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. on weekdays, and occasional all day weekend seminars. Our courses meet once a week for 15 weeks in the semester, or once or twice a semester on a weekend Summer courses include only the Practicum Seminar A usual course load is 6-12 units comprised of two to four 3-unit courses or some combination of 3 unit courses with 1 or 2 unit weekend courses
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs.
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
500 hours (of which 225 hours needs to be direct client services)
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
The Department of Counseling Psychology requires that all students in the MFT/PCC concentration have a minimum of 45 hours of personal psychotherapy. This may be individual, couple or family therapy. (Up to fifteen of these hours may have been gained within two years before entering the program and must be signed off by the CA licensed mental health professional who performed the psychotherapy.)
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Comprehensive Clinical Proficiency Review (CCPR)
The purpose of the CCPR is to provide an opportunity for students to integrate, apply and demonstrate their knowledge through the presentation of a written case study and an oral review.
General Master’s Proficiency Project
The project may comprise research, experience, design, service learning or other contributions to the field of Counseling Psychology which can be documented or presented.
Spring: November 15
The MS in Counseling Psychology program is a space-limited program. Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis; early submission of application materials is advised
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
A GPA of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate course work.
Note: Scores on the GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) are not required for all programs, but will be considered in the evaluation of an applicant’s admissibility.
Students who have not already taken a Theories of Personality course either at the undergraduate or graduate level within the last five years preceding admission to the program must take this course prior to the completion of their first year in the program. This course is offered at Dominican through its undergraduate Department of Psychology or at many other Community Colleges. A letter grade of at least a B is required.
Statement of Purpose or Intent
A brief essay (500 words) describing professional and/or personal goals and reasons for obtaining a graduate degree
Autobiography that tells of your life and includes a description of those who have been of significant influence in your life. Include experiences you believe to be related to your interest in counseling, your desire to be a counselor, and your ability to understand and help others. (4 to 5 typed, double-spaced pages)
Response to Scenario
Describe what you believe might be happening in the following situation and how you might handle it. Someone who has recently moved into your neighborhood has become quite friendly with you, sharing personal feelings and problems. She tells you of a very strained relationship with her partner and difficulties she is having with her teenage daughter who she feels is on drugs. She seeks your advice and lets you know how much she depends on you. One day she calls you on the phone to say that she is thinking of committing suicide.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Applicants that demonstrate strong admissibility during the preliminary admission application file review will be invited to interview with a Counseling Psychology faculty member to receive an official admission decision.
(Reprinted from program website.)
Dominican’s Master’s MFT & PCC program in Counseling Psychology delivers a broad-based, comprehensive curriculum through a combination of coursework, supervised fieldwork and participation in personal psychotherapy.
- Our graduates consistently score above the statewide average on the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) written examination given by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
- Approximately 90 percent of our graduates are licensed MFTs or registered MFT interns.
- 70% of current practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists will be retiring in the next 5 years.
- The demand for Marriage and Family Therapists will not be attained for at least 10 years.
- California is the 50th state to License Professional Clinical Counselors
- There are more than 120,000 PCC's in the other 49 states, and as of 2013 as few as 285 in California.
- Community Mental Health programs are very well funded and there are not enough experienced personnel to fill their needs.
- Dominican students are prized and in demand by community field placements in the Bay Area.