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Counseling Psychology Concentration: Careers and Internships

Your Career Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the need for professional counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, by 19% between 2014 and 2024. In the managed health care system, there is an increasing need for skilled master's-level counselors who can provide mental health services.

As a graduate of this program, you will obtain the necessary skills to prepare for a Ph.D. program (science specialization) or become a licensed clinical professional counselor (practitioner specialization). Our graduates work in hospitals, school-based mental health programs, community mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, crisis response units, substance abuse treatment centers and private practice. Here are some of the places they've landed jobs:

Applied Experience


All counseling tracks require at least one semester of practicum. Our practicum course meets the State of Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor licensure requirement for a course in field experience. These experiences provide connections to professionals already working in the field, as well as leads to potential jobs. UB students can look for possible practicum sites through UBworks (log into MyUB and click on the UBworks icon).

Research Opportunities

For students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. after receiving their M.S. degree, UB offers potential research opportunities to work alongside a faculty member in the applied psychology division on their current research study. This gives students vital experience and preparation for their future pathway to a Ph.D. program.

Humana Khan

As a counseling psychology graduate student, Humama Khan, M.S. '15 did research work with Assistant Professor John Donahue. Khan (pictured) and Donahue presented their research poster, "The Construct Validity of the Jackson-5 Measure of Revised Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory: Evidence for Poor Convergent and Discriminant Validity of the BIS Scale II," at the 2015 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference.