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John F. Kennedy University

John F. Kennedy University

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, M.A. in Counseling Psychology - Holistic

Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

JFK University - Pleasant Hill Main Campus
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

JFK University - Berkeley
2956 San Pablo Avenue, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94702

JFK University - San Jose
3031 Tisch Way, 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95128

(844) 890-6912

JFK University M.A. 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

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology - Holistic program offers five specializations at different campuses:

Pleasant Hill Campus

  • Somatic Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology

San Jose Campus

  • Holistic Studies (an integration of somatic and transpersonal psychologies) 

Berkeley Campus

  • Depth Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts

Length of Program

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The MA in Counseling Psychology program offers a variety of course track options for students to choose from based on their scheduling needs. At the Pleasant Hill and San Jose campuses the program offers students a choice of full or part-time programs. These programs are comprised mostly of traditional late afternoon and evening classes with the inclusion of some weekend coursework, as required. Also offered is a morning course track that begins each year in the fall. Morning classes meet mostly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and include some weekend coursework when required. Students who choose the morning track must continue through the summer quarter in order to not fall out of succession and complete the required coursework to begin field practicum without incurring a delay. Also, morning track students may find it necessary to be flexible with their class schedule once field practicum begins in Phase II of the curriculum. The addition of field practicum may impact a student’s morning schedule, thereby the student will need to be aware of an occasional need to take courses in the afternoon and/or evening.

An accelerated MA Counseling Psychology program is offered at the Berkeley campus. The program is a full-time cohort model. Classes meet on one designated weeknight evening and all day Saturdays. There are additional workshops and elective coursework held occasionally on Friday evenings and Saturdays; and may at times be held at the Pleasant Hill and San Jose campuses. 

Program Start 

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Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

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Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

MA in Counseling Psychology students are required to acquire 225 face-to-face client hours, of which 75 can be client centered advocacy, in order to pursue MFT licensure.  

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

M.A. in Counseling Psychology:
There is a non- credit requirement that students participate in at least 50 sessions of personal face-to-face psychotherapy while in the program. Therapy can be individual, couple, family, or group; with 15 maximum hours for group. 

M.A. in Counseling Psychology - Holistic:
All students in the Counseling Psychology program are required to complete at least 48 hours of weekly individual psychotherapy with a licensed therapist or a registered intern. 

In keeping with the program’s recognition that daily spiritual/somatic/ arts practice is fundamental to growth in consciousness, students in the program are encouraged to practice a discipline. Sitting meditation, somatic disciplines such as tai chi, yoga, aikido, or movement, arts based practices or the practice of other comparable disciplines are all acceptable possibilities. Students determine which discipline best serves their needs and are expected to articulate how the discipline has contributed to their individual growth during the year-end review. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Students must complete a two-part comprehensive master’s examination similar in format to that of the California MFT licensure exam. Master's thesis or project are optional.

Application Process

Application Deadline

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Undergraduate GPA Requirement

A 3.0 or higher GPA is required for admission. However, a lower GPA will not be excluded from consideration for admission at the professional discretion of the faculty.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

M.A. in Counseling Psychology:

Three signed recommendation forms that attest to the applicant’s suitability for the MA in Counseling are required.

Personal Statement
The personal statement is an essential component of the application and will be reviewed during the interview.


  • Facilitate the process of synthesizing your interests and goals in the area of psychology
  • Provide a sample of your writing abilities.
  • Expedite the interviewers’ gathering of information about you.
  • Assess your self-awareness and disclosures about your personal, familial, cultural, and community patterns.


  • Word-processed and double-spaced.
  • 4 - 6 pages in length plus a title page.

The personal statement should be a re ection of your interest and energy for the eld of psychology. At a minimum, the statement should address:

  • Why are you considering graduate school at this time?
  • What do you believe are your strengths and weaknesses as a student? As a potential therapist and/or consultant?
  • What would you like to gain from your experience in graduate school?
  • Why do you want to be a therapist and/or consultant? 

M.A. in Counseling Psychology - Holistic:

Personal Statement
Personal statement of 5-10 double-spaced, typewritten pages describing any personal or professional growth or events that have shaped the applicant’s life, reasons for applying to the area of specialization, any study (academic or otherwise) pursued in this area of interest and future professional and personal goals.

For the Expressive Arts Specialization ONLY:
A portfolio of an arts-based practice that shows expertise in visual arts, music, dance, drama or creative writing.

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are strongly recommended, but not required. Letters should be from friends, professional associates, teachers, supervisors or others who can comment on emotional, spiritual, intellectual and practical development, as well as assess capacity for graduate study in the degree area. 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Once the completed application is received, applicants will be contacted by the program to schedule an interview. Out of area applicants may be admitted provisionally based on their completed application le and then will meet with the program chair or faculty advisor upon arrival. 

JFK University provides one of the largest clinical training programs in Northern California. We have three community counseling centers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area – Oakland, Pleasant Hill, and Sunnyvale – a distinctive feature of our programs that insures continuity of curriculum and a high quality of supervision for our students while providing them the opportunity to hone their skills and provide service to the community.
— John F. Kennedy University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

M.A. in Counseling Psychology:

Interwoven through the coursework are essential themes such as community mental health practice, cultural diversity, systemic thinking, collaborative treatment, wellness, resiliency, and recovery. A combination of didactic and experiential classroom learning and supervised intensive fieldwork cover both contemporary issues in the field and essential skills of effective practitioners. Students are encouraged to increase their own self-knowledge through an ongoing examination of their own values and beliefs, cultural backgrounds and contexts, abilities and growth areas.

This innovative, applied 90-unit program is composed of three phases. Phase I consists of foundation courses that combine current and traditional theory applied within the context of the classroom using didactic and experiential methods. In Phase II, coursework is supplemented by introduction of clinical training through fieldwork placements, which continues through Phase III with the addition of individual and group supervision and group didactic training. Successful completion of each phase is required in order to advance to the next phase.

M.A. in Counseling Psychology - Holistic:

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Holistic degree program builds on the foundation of counseling theory and practice to add a holistic perspective that integrates body, mind, spirit, and culture into the curriculum. The curriculum for this degree meets the educational requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License or, with additional coursework, the California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) License.

Central to the program is the perspective that holistic learning occurs both cognitively and experientially i.e., only through knowing oneself can the therapist obtain the clarity, compassion, and wisdom necessary to help others. The curriculum therefore places significant emphasis upon the student's self-exploration and personal growth along with critical thinking and the acquisition of clinical skills.