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Ryokan College

Ryokan College


M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Online Program

Admission Office:

Ryokan College
11965 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90066

(310) 390-7560

Ryokan College Course Catalog 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



*This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs; the BPPE is not an accrediting body and BPPE-approval does not constitute accreditation.

Concentrations/Specializations Offered


Length of Program

2 years


Typically, the online schedule calls for students to attend online at the same time (synchronous) two nights a week in a chat room with classmates and instructor. During the week, students contribute responses or perspectives to the Discussion Board – a site of student and instructor assignment postings.

Program Start 

January and July

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

Ryokan College does not espouse any religious or singular psychological approach. 

Entering Class Size

Approximately 6 students per cohort

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Minimum of 250 hours of supervised internship 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Students are required to complete, apart from the curriculum, an extended period of personal or group therapy concurrent with residency in the program, or validate completion of a minimum of 52 hours of personal therapy within the three years prior to enrollment. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:


Application Process

Application Deadline

For January: November 15
For July: May 15

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

None. We shift the focus from grade point averages, test scores and final examinations to activate and enhance what is already held in the mind and the heart.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology or a related field is required for entrance. 

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

Written autobiography detailing academic and experiential background, career goals and expectations for attaining those goals. 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

A pre-admissions interview is required for all applicants. This interview involves a discussion of the applicant's eligibility, as well as an in-depth explanation of the Counseling Psychology program and State licensing requirements. After the interview, applicants may submit their ap- plication.

Today’s professionals teaching tomorrow’s professionals.
— Ryokan College

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

This program integrates the following principles throughout the curriculum: Mental health re- covery-oriented care and methods of service delivery; Understanding of various cultures, the social and psychological implications of socioeconomic position and an understanding of how poverty and social stress impact an individual’s mental and recovery; Development of the stu- dent’s personal qualities that are intimately related to effective practice including integrity, sen- sitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, and personal presence; Opportunities for students to meet with various consumers and family members of consumers of mental health services to enhance understanding of their experiences of mental illness, treatment and recovery.

The College requires 250 hours of Supervised Fieldwork that meet the State's requirement for fieldwork. In compliance with the Board of Behavioral Science, the student can begin field- work upon completion of 18 quarter units.

This program, like other programs at Ryokan College, is noncompetitive and grading is pass/ fail. Extensive reading is required and papers are submitted to demonstrate knowledge acquired in each module.