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M.S. in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology Concentration

Graduate students outside of Maryland pay in-state tuition.

UB is now offering in-state tuition to graduate students who live in Washington, D.C.; Northern Virginia (Arlington, Loudon, Fairfax and Prince William counties and Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park); Pennsylvania (Adams, York and Lancaster counties); and all Delaware counties.

The 48-credit Counseling Psychology Concentration at UB prepares students for careers in psychology, by providing a stepping stone to doctoral study in clinical or counseling psychology or to a career as a licensed clinical professional counselor. You can pursue one of two optional specializations--the Science Specialization or the Practitioner Specialization--or complete a standard counseling psychology curriculum. We offer a stimulating learning environment that fosters the development of critical thinking, knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice, and your evolving professional identity. 

Why counseling psychology at UB?

  • Our program holds a nearly perfect (99 percent) first-time pass record on the National Counselor Exam.
  • You can choose from specializations that can help you prepare for your specific career goal. 
  • Most of the counseling courses are offered in the evenings so that you can still work during the day; in fact; about half of our students work and attend class part-time.
  • Class sizes are small, so you'll receive individualized attention.
  • Our campus is nestled in the heart of downtown and easily accessed by train, light rail, bus or car.
  • All of the psychology programs have a wonderfully diverse student body.

Our Students: A Profile

  • Attendance: Most of our students attend full time (9 credits/semester) and most graduate within two years; an additional fall semester is required for students in the practitioner specialization.
  • Hometowns: A large percentage are in-state students from the Baltimore area.
  • Age: Ages range from approximately 22 (after completing their bachelor's degree) to 62. The median age is approximately 27.
  • Diversity: Counseling psychology track students are predominately female (about 70 percent), and about 36 percent are minorities, primarily African American.
  • Experience: Most students come to the program having just completed their bachelor's degrees in psychology, but some come with considerable work experience in a variety of occupations.

Where do UB's counseling psychology graduates work?
Through specializations that can be developed through practica and internships, you can enter the field prepared to work in your specific area of interest. 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.

Who are the counseling psychology faculty?
The Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences hosts four full-time faculty with backgrounds in counseling or clinical psychology:

John Donahue

assistant professor

Courtney Gasser
associate professor

Katy Shaffer

assistant professor

Sam (Sepideh) Soheilian
assistant professor

We also have outstanding adjunct faculty who bring professional experience and expertise in various areas of psychology:



Michelle Crisafulli human services psychology and clinical and community/applied social psychology
Tara Gogolinski                             marriage and family
Jae Yeon Jeong psychological assessment
Josef Passley child and adolescent therapy
Thomas Tsuji substance abuse

Chris Ceary

Chris Ceary, M.S. '17 (center) successfully defended her master's thesis, "The Strength of Pursuing your Values: Valued Living as a Path to Resilience," on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Chris earned a B.S. in Psychology from Stevenson University (summa cum laude) in 2015. She is pictured with Counseling Psychology faculty members Assistant Professor Katy Shaffer (left) and Assistant Professor John Donahue (right).

For more information about the counseling psychology concentration, contact Courtney Gasser, associate professor and director of the M.S. in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology Concentration program.