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Simpson University

Simpson University


M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Blended/Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Simpson University
2211 College View Dr.
Redding, CA, 96003

(530) 224-5600

Simpson 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


Length of Program

2 years full-time, 3 years part-time


The program is sequenced so that students will take 2 three-semester unit courses (six credits) per term. Each 15-week semester is divided into two seven-week terms. During the summer term two of the three courses are delivered in an online format. Students will most likely be expected to continue providing counseling services at their training sites throughout the summer. The Practicum course will continue to meet in person during these terms. There is a three week break between terms during the Christmas holiday season.

A part-time option is also available where students can complete the program in three years. This option is strongly recommended for students who are accepted to complete a Thesis capstone. 

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

IDENTITY: Simpson University, a school of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, is a Christ-centered learning community with an enduring commitment to world service and faith-infused education in profesional studies and liberal arts.

VISION: Simpson University's passion is to be the university of choice for students who aspire to achieve their chosen life goals through a Christ-led, transformational and innovative education.

MISSION: Simpson University is a Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world. 

Entering Class Size


Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Students are required to accumulate a minimum of 225 hours of service by the end of their program. 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Students are required to complete 25 hours of individual psy- chotherapy before they are cleared to participate in Clinical Field Training. Students have the option of completing 10 sessions (10 hours) of group therapy in lieu of 10 hours of individual therapy. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Students in the MACP program may choose between completing
a portfolio project, writing a thesis, or completing a teaching and learning project. Not all options are available to all students or to every cohort. The program capstone projects are designed to evalu- ate learning in the core curricular areas. All students will complete the Clinical Evaluation Project, which is designed to evaluate the acquisition and appropriate implementation of the clinical skills, pro- fessional attitudes and behaviors required for the profession. 

Application Process

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline is Dec. 1. Final deadline is March 1. 

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Candidates must have a minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 60 semester credits (90 quarter credits) of coursework. 

Students who have an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field , but do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement and are accepted into the program under academic probation (see 'Exceptions to the Minimum Grate-Point Average below) may be required to take prerequisite courses as a condition of their acceptance into the program. Coursework taken more than 10 years prior to applying to the program may need to be retaken prior to starting the program even if the applicant meets minimum GPA requirements. 

A limited number of applicants with a grade-point average between 2.50 and 2.99 may be admitted to the program as provisional candidates at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. To be considered for provisional candidacy, applicants must demonstrate signi cant professional potential by submitting a statement of explanation, demonstrated career and/or professional accom- plishments indicated in the personal statement and academic or professional letters of reference. Exceptions must be justi ed, docu- mented, signed by the program director or Dean, and retained in the student’s academic file. 

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program should have an undergraduate degree in psychology
or a related field. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field must have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of C or better prior to being accepted into the program: 

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Theories of Personality or Theories of Counseling
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Human Development 

Application highlights

3 Letters of Recommendation
Three reference forms and accompanying letters of recommen- dation completed by someone professionally quali ed to rec- ommend for the eld of professional counseling/marriage and family therapy. References should be from persons quali ed to evaluate the applicant’s academic and professional potential. Recommendations will not be accepted from friends or family members. 

Current Resume

Personal Statement
A typed personal statement of at least two pages in length outlining the applicant’s career objectives, personal interest in the degree program, how the applicant believes the degree will help him or her achieve long-range professional and personal development goals, and a discussion of any academic or personal challenges the applicant may have in completing the program, as well as any additional information the applicant feels is impor- tant for the program administration to know. An explanation of all relevant circumstances related to an applicant's legal history, substance use or addiction and recovery history must be included in the personal statement. 

Applicants who are recovering from an addiction to substances of any kind must have been clean and sober for one year prior to entering the program and for two years prior to engaging in Clinical Field Training. An explanation of all relevant circumstances related to an applicant’s legal history, substance use or addiction and recovery history must be included in the personal statement.

It is the student's responsibility to determine whether their legal history will affect their ability to obtain a professional license in their chosen field. Failure to disclose this information during the admis- sions process is grounds for dismissal from the program. 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Applicants must have a personal interview with members of the School of Graduate Professional Studies Admissions Committee. 

Our comprehensive curriculum will give you a broad academic and clinical experience that is uniquely grounded in the identity and values of a Christian university.
— Simpson University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program is designed primarily to prepare individuals for licensure in the state
of California as marriage and family therapists or licensed profes- sional clinical counselors. The program curriculum will also appeal to individuals who may not intend to seek licensure but who want to develop e ective interpersonal and relational skills that will enhance their ability to have successful careers in other areas of human service.

The program gives students a broad academic and clinical experi- ence that is uniquely grounded in the identity and values of a Chris- tian university. Students are prepared to provide counseling-related services through a range of modalities such as individual, family, group, and couples. The program prepares students to work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, medical, educational, community mental health, family and social service organizations, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment facilities, managed care/HMO, military, private practice, and church-related organizations.

The program views spirituality as central to wholeness and healing. While applicants to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program are not required to sign a statement of faith, students are encouraged to integrate their practices of faith with their profession- al work. The program emphasizes the demonstration of moral and ethical principles as exempli ed by the Judeo-Christian traditions.