M.A. in Counseling
Hybrid Online-Only Program
Saybrook University - Oakland
475 14th St., 9th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
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
The six-semester program provides a low-residency, blended, and mixed model of distance learning. At the beginning of each semester during Residential Conferences (RC), all students meet together and with faculty. During each semester, students join their student cohort online to learn together and receive instruction from faculty. A portion of the 60 credit program includes three semesters of field work; Practicum, Internship I, and Internship II.
Online courses are a combination of learning goals, objectives, strategies, and delivery formats, including assigned readings, papers, and projects, as well as asynchronous online discussions and, at times, synchronous teleconferences and/or videoconference sessions with faculty and peers.
All new students in the MA Counseling program begin their studies with a one-time, two- day Residential Orientation. Residential Orientations are held two days ahead of the RC at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.
Activities during the required RCs are designed to expand further on the knowledge from coursework, to practice clinical skills, and to participate in professional development through workshops, courses, and seminars, as well as formal and informal meetings and discussions with faculty, advisors, and peers. Although students complete most of their courses through online, distance learning, attendance at six residential conferences is required. To receive credit, full attendance at all RCs is an academic requirement, this includes participating all scheduled sessions.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
700 hours. Practicum includes 100 hours of practice in a supervised setting, of which 40 must be direct client contact. Internship I and II include 600 hours of practice in a supervised setting, of which 240 of the 600 hours must be direct client contact.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Students will engage in ongoing personal reflection and counseling as needed to support their preparation to engage fully and compassionately with clients of all backgrounds and presenting issues.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Faculty look for a 3.0 minimum GPA but exceptions can be made in some cases if all of the other supporting admissions documents make a strong case for acceptance.
- Writing sample
- Personal statement
(see program website for complete application requirements)
(Reprinted from program website.)
Do you want to learn how to put your compassion to work, facilitating others’ healing journeys?
To do this effectively, we offer a training program that aligns with the national training standards for the counseling profession.
Through this hybrid program, inclusive of 700 hours of field experience, our M.A. Counseling program focuses on career opportunities in the broad field of clinical mental health counseling. Guided by faculty with years of experience in the field, students can complete their degrees without relocating. In this low-residency program, students become part of a cohort, interacting online and meeting at the beginning of each semester at residential conferences. Throughout the semester, students join their cohort through our online Canvas learning system to learn together, receive instruction from and ask questions of faculty. A portion of this 60-credit program includes three semesters of field work: Practicum, Internship I and Internship II.