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Sofia University

Sofia University


M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Hybrid/Online & Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 493-4430

Sofia 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

Creative Expression

Length of Program

Daytime: 2-3 years
Hybrid/Online: 3-4 years


Sofia University’s MACP curriculum is offered in two delivery modes: (Both formats offer an optional specialization in Creative Expression)

Daytime MACP (2 or 3 Years)
This on-campus program allows you to complete your degree in two or three years, including summer sessions.

Hybrid / Online Face-to-Face MACP (3 or 4 Years)
With just two on-campus intensives per year and online coursework, you can complete this three or four year program without relocating. Note: Check with your state agency to be sure this program is accepted.

Program Start 

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Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

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Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

According to CA BBS regulations for LMFTs, practicum involves direct client contact of a minimum of 150 hours of face‐to‐face supervised clinical experience counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups, and 75 hours of either client‐centered advocacy* or face-to‐face hours of experience, while working under the supervision of a licensed clinician, for a total of 225 clinical experience hours. These 225 hours of supervised clinical experience are required to satisfy the practicum experience requirement for the Sofia University MACP degree for the LMFT track.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

As a condition for receiving the MACP degree, a minimum of 20 hours of personal psychotherapy with a licensed therapist (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psychologist or Psychiatrist) is required. Up to 10 hours of personal psychotherapy can be obtained in couples, family, or group therapy from a licensed therapist.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

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Application Process

Application Deadline

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Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA from an accredited school.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

Goal Statement
The goal statement should be no more than two pages long and should answer the following questions:

  • What are your future goals that earning a degree from Sofia can fulfill?
  • What are your expectations of the program with respect to academic requirements, experiential work, and community environment?
  • Upon graduation, how do you plan to contribute to the greater community?
  • MACP applicants – Upon graduation, what clinical setting do you see yourself working in?
  • Low-residency/online applicants – Have you done any independent research or projects?

Two Letters of Recommendatio
We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Include a Curriculum Vita, listing your work and educational history as well as relevant volunteer or training experience.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

An interview with a program chair and/or faculty member from the program which you are applying will take place after all application materials have been submitted.

We are unique in that we emphasize integrity and self-reflection with the aim of encouraging students to see themselves as global citizens, to ask questions, and make decisions consistent with the values of respect for peace and social justice.
— Sofia University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Sofia MACP Mission Statement – What Makes Us Different?

The Sofia Masters in Counseling Psychology Program offers a collaborative inquiry into the full range of human experience, including spiritual, intellectual, emotional, creative, physical and social. We are unique in that we emphasize integrity and self-reflection with the aim of encouraging students to see themselves as global citizens, to ask questions, and make decisions consistent with the values of respect for peace and social justice. Our curriculum, which features traditional as well as transpersonal approaches, is designed for students wishing to apply for LMFT and/or LPCC licensure in California. We also offer a hybrid program that is accepted by licensing boards in most other US states, and many foreign countries.