Do you want to learn how to put your compassion to work, facilitating others’ healing journeys?

To do this effectively, we offer a training program that aligns with the national training standards for the counseling profession.

Through this hybrid program, inclusive of 700 hours of field experience, our M.A. Counseling program focuses on career opportunities in the broad field of clinical mental health counseling. Guided by faculty with years of experience in the field, students can complete their degrees without relocating. In this low-residency program, students become part of a cohort, interacting online and meeting at the beginning of each semester at residential conferences. Throughout the semester, students join their cohort through our online Canvas learning system to learn together, receive instruction from and ask questions of faculty. A portion of this 60-credit program includes three semesters of field work: Practicum, Internship I and Internship II.
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Counseling faculty at Saybrook University are committed to preparing competent mental health professionals who inspire transformational change in individuals, families, and communities toward a just, humane, and sustainable world.

The Counseling Department has adopted a set of professional and personal qualities to be demonstrated by all students and faculty. These qualities are directly linked to the mission and core values of Saybrook University and inform the related program objectives. HUMANITI is a representation of our core values. The program learning outcomes were born directly out of the department core values. All members of the counseling community are expected to embody these qualities inside and outside of courses to the greatest extent possible. Upon completion of the counseling programs, students will demonstrate the associated learning outcomes. Learn more about our M.A. Counseling program outcomes by reviewing our Student Handbook or Annual Assessment Report.

Graduates from this three-year (60 semester credit) program will have satisfied course requirements to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). As different states have different licensing requirements, we work with students from the very beginning to help them qualify for licensure in the state where they wish to practice.

Learn more about our M.A. Counseling program through our Student Handbook.

Application to Saybrook University is open to students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

Our Financial Aid office is dedicated to helping identify the opportunities, understand the options, and make the choices that are right for you.

Saybrook University is accredited by the Senior Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and by the State of California. More program information can be found in our academic catalog.


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