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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Counseling Psychology (M.A.)


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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program will help students develop skills and knowledge that are needed to provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and groups struggling with psychosocial issues and mental illness. The program emphasizes experiential learning and exposes students to methods of psychological practice that are ethically responsible and culturally appropriate to Egypt and the region.

Admission

The applicant should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies; if the student has a Masters in a related field already, a 3.0 GPA will also be expected at that level. The applicant should have also completed an undergraduate major in psychology and/or the completion of a minimum of 12 credits (or equivalent) in psychology or related social/behavioral sciences including: Statistics, Research Design, and Abnormal Psychology. Admission is competitive, and dependent on successful interview.

While applications are accepted and evaluated during both the fall and spring application periods, the program course sequence only starts in the fall semester. Admitted students with course prerequisite requirements and/or English language requirements, must complete these requirements before being allowed to enroll in the program classes. Completion of these prerequisites can take up to a year, so applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology are encouraged to apply during the fall application period in order to have enough time to meet the prerequisite requirements before the start of the program.

Language Requirement

The applicant should demonstrate proficiency in the English language in accordance with AUC standards.

Courses (42 credit hours)


Course work for the Master of Art requires the completion of 42 credits as follows:

4. Optional Thesis


A thesis is not required for the MA in Counseling Psychology. However, students may wish to complete a thesis if they want to explore a specific research area or if they are planning to enroll in a Ph.D. program. Students who decide to complete a thesis may substitute PSYC 5299, Research Guidance and Thesis for enrollment in PSYC 5281 Couples Counseling and Human Sexuality.
The optional thesis must be written in English and submitted in accordance with university regulations. Students should familiarize themselves with procedures outlined in the graduate handbook regarding committee selection, writing of the thesis, presentation to the supervisor and readers, and defense of the thesis. Complying with the procedural requirements within the specified time sequence is the responsibility of the student.

5. Professional Competence Requirements


In order to ensure that students have the maturity and professional skills needed to act as a counselor, they will complete a standardized assessment for professional competence administered by a faculty committee prior to approval for enrollment in Practicum I, Practicum II, and Internship. If a student fails to meet competency standards they will not be allowed to continue in the program.

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