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Applied Psychology Degree Requirements: Counseling Psychology Concentration

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2016  and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Sample syllabi can be found be clicking on the course numbers below.

The 48-credit Counseling Psychology Concentration has two options:

OPTION 1: Choose to complete the regular course sequence:

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • The Biological Basis of Behavior (APPL 601)
  • Learning and Cognition (APPL 603
  • Intermediate Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 
    (APPL 631)* 
  • Research Methods (APPL 632)* 

*APPL 631 and APPL 632 should be taken sequentially during your first two semesters of the program.

Track Required Courses (33 credits)

  • Ethics and Legal Issues in the Practice of Psychology (APPL 602
  • Advanced Theories of Personality and Counseling (APPL 605
  • Basic Counseling Techniques (APPL 606)
  • Psychopathology and Diagnosis (APPL 610)
  • Human Development (APPL 613
  • Group Counseling (APPL 622
  • Career Counseling (APPL 623
  • Multicultural Counseling (APPL 625
  • Practicum in Counseling, two semesters6 credits       (APPL 703

and one of the following:

  • Applied Assessment Procedures (APPL 608)
  • Personality Assessment (APPL 617
  • Intellectual Assessment (APPL 618)

Elective (3 credits)

OPTION 2: Choose to complete one of two optional specializations:

PRACTITIONER SPECIALIZATION
This specialization offers coursework required for state licensure as a professional counselor. It's ideally paired with UB's post-master's Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies, which allows you to build upon your M.S. degree to complete the 60 credits of graduate study necessary to practice independently as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland or for similar licensure throughout the United States.

Core Courses (9 credits)

Specialization Required Courses (36 credits)

  • Ethics and Legal Issues in the Practice of Psychology   (APPL 602)
  • Advanced Theories of Personality and Counseling         (APPL 605)
  • Basic Counseling Techniques (APPL 606)
  • Psychopathology and Diagnosis (APPL 610)
  • Human Development (APPL 613)
  • Group Counseling (APPL 622)
  • Career Counseling (APPL 623)
  • Multicultural Counseling (APPL 625)
  • Practicum in Counseling Psychology (APPL 703)
  • Internship in Counseling (APPL 708must be taken for two semesters for a total of 6 credits)

and one of the following:

  • Applied Assessment Procedures (APPL 608)
  • Personality Assessment (APPL 617)
  • Intellectual Assessment (APPL 618)

Elective (3 credits)

SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION
This specialization is ideal for students who aim to continue their education through doctoral study and/or aspire to careers in research.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • The Biological Basis of Behavior (APPL 601)
  • Learning and Cognition (APPL 603)
  • Intermediate Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 
    (APPL 631)*
  • Research Methods (APPL 632)*

*APPL 631 and APPL 632 should be taken sequentially during your first two semesters of the program.

Specialization Required Courses (24 credits)

  • Ethics and Legal Issues in the Practice of Psychology   (APPL 602)
  • Advanced Theories of Personality and Counseling         (APPL 605)
  • Basic Counseling Techniques (APPL 606)
  • Psychopathology and Diagnosis (APPL 610)
  • Group Counseling (APPL 622)
  • Multicultural Counseling (APPL 625)
  • Practicum in Counseling Psychology (APPL 703)

and one of the following:

  • Applied Assessment Procedures (APPL 608)
  • Personality Assessment (APPL 617)
  • Intellectual Assessment (APPL 618)

Electives (12 credits) 
Electives can include courses such as Research Proposal Development (APPL 789) and Thesis in Applied Psychology (APPL 799), through which a thesis can be completed.