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The Wright Institute

The Wright Institute


M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

The Wright Institute
000 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 841-9230

The Wright Institute 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

2-3 years


In addition to flexible class schedules that accommodate working adults and parents, students bond with a consistent group as they enter, move through, and graduate from the program together. This cohort model offers an intimate, supportive, and transformative learning experience.

Students join a weekend or daytime cohort that commences, progresses, and graduates together. Weekend cohorts attend classes approximately one weekend per month and one evening per week. Daytime cohorts attend classes two days per week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

The average size of each cohort is 20 students.

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

In order to graduate, you need to accrue a minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Not required but strongly encouraged.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

The comprehensive exam is taken at the end of the second year after completion of all coursework. It is an in-class examination consisting of 150 multiple choice questions that address specific clinical problems, theory, multi-cultural issues, a general knowledge of counseling psychology, and other areas covered through coursework. A score of 75% is required for passing.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until cohorts are full.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

A minimum overall undergraduate or graduate school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required.

All applications are given full consideration regardless of GPA. Applicants that do not meet our minimum GPA requirement can still be accepted under exceptional circumstances. Appeals for waiver of this requirement should be made through our online application. All aspects of each application (essays, letters of recommendation, coursework, clinical experience, volunteerism and/or work experience) are considered during the decision making process.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Yes. We strongly encourage all applicants selected for an interview to do so in person, and every effort will be made to accommodate the applicant's travel schedule. Arrangements can be made for a live online interview via Skype in the event an on-site interview cannot be scheduled.

In the tradition of the Wright Institute’s founder, Nevitt Sanford, the Wright Institute educates “clinicians to society” - clinical practitioners who bring a deep awareness of cultural and social context to the practice of psychology.
— The Wright Institute

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Massive efforts are underway at the state and federal level to improve our mental health system. In California, voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, to provide funds to expand and develop public mental health services that are recovery-oriented, culturally-sensitive, and person and family centered (Mental Health Services Act, 2004). The implementation of the MHSA is transforming public mental health care services in California and creating both a workforce shortage and a demand for a new kind of mental health provider.

The master's program at the Wright Institute integrates the values and philosophies of the Mental Health Services Act, counseling psychology, and marriage and family therapy in order to provide students with the well-rounded skill set required of this "new kind" of mental health provider. In alignment with the MHSA, the program prioritizes a collaborative, holistic, resiliency-oriented treatment approach, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. As a counseling psychology program, our focus is on maximizing psychological health in multiple community settings and promoting strengths and adaptations across the lifespan. In preparing our students to be marriage and family therapists, we also emphasize the importance of relationships and using relationships to accelerate change.


In recognition of the vital importance of relationships in both clinical work and education, the master's program considers faculty mentoring an important tool for helping students develop the skills and attitudes appropriate to the professional practice of counseling and marriage and family therapy. Faculty mentoring relationships, both formal and informal, work to promote attitudes of intellectual curiosity and flexibility, open-mindedness, appreciation of individual and cultural differences, and optimism in the capacity for people to grow and change.