School of Psychology & Counseling

Master's Degree in Human Services Counseling - FAQ

Questions:

  1. Is the GRE required if I already have a master's degree or am enrolled in a master's program?
  2. Am I required to attend full-time or may I go at my own pace?
  3. How many hours do you recommend a master's student work per week?
  4. I didn't major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?
  5. How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?
  6. What is the average age of the students?
  7. What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?
  8. Can I do the work on my own time?

Answers:

1. Is the GRE required if I already have a master's degree or am enrolled in a master's program?

We do not require the GRE or the MAT for the M.A. in Human Services Counseling program. Please click here to review the application requirements in detail.

2. Am I required to attend full-time or may I go at my own pace?

Full-time is considered four courses in the fall and spring, and two courses in the summer. Three courses in the fall and spring is full-time for our financial aid purposes. Two courses in the fall and spring are required to be allotted 50 percent for the year of our School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) financial aid. A master's degree must be completed within five years of the beginning of the master's program.

3. How many hours do you recommend a master's student work per week?

Many HSC students work full-time and got to school full-time since it can be completed in one year and it is a non-traditional format. The online option lends itself nicely to full-time study for full-time employees. School works usually takes approximately 10-15 hours per week.

4. I didn't major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?

We do not require applicants to have majored in psychology at the undergraduate level.  We do feel, however, that it is beneficial for applicants to have at least nine credit hours of psychology-related coursework. If you did not major or at least minor in psychology at the undergraduate level, you may want to consider taking additional undergraduate courses. Again, this is not a prerequisite for admission. Recommended courses include: Intro to Psychology, Research Methods/ Statistics, Personality Theory, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Test and Measurements, Social Psychology and Physiological Psychology.

5. How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?

Each year we admit and enroll about 100 students into all of our master's programs. Last year we received over 300 applications.

6. What is the average age of the students?

The average age of the master's student is 34.

7. What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?

The HSC is not a licensure program.

8. Can I do the work on my own time?

Most of the work can be done when students find it to be most convenient according to their own schedule though there are assignment deadlines. However, there are some activities, such as synchronized chats (only happens in certain courses in the program), where a professor may set a certain time for the whole class to meet online together. Professors try to accommodate the difference in time zones but students should be aware that some flexibility may be necessary.

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