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Immerse yourself in the exciting, intriguing field of psychology, helping individuals or organizations overcome problems and pursue healthy lives. 

Spring 2016 Events

Psychology Networking Event  (for counseling students)
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 4-6 p.m.

College of Arts & Sciences Information Session
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6-7 p.m.  RSVP

Graduate Open House
Saturday, April 2 (more information will follow shortly)

How the program works:

You can choose from one of two concentrations in this 42- to 48-credit graduate program:

  • This 48-credit concentration offers you the option to pursue one of two optional specializations or to complete a standard counseling psychology curriculum. Any of the three options can be completed in two years (including summers) of full-time study, though about half of our students attend part-time.

    The Science Specialization is designed for students who aspire to careers in research and/or those who want to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling or clinical psychology. The Practitioner Specialization is geared toward students who want to obtain licensure and work as professional counselors.

    In any of the three options, you'll explore:

    • counseling theory and skills,
    • professional identity, legal and ethical aspects of practice,
    • psychopathology and diagnosis,
    • career development,
    • supervised field experience and more.

    In the Science Specialization, you'll focus on the scientific foundations of psychology and can choose to complete a thesis in an area of interest.

    The Practitioner Specialization offers coursework required for state licensure as a professional counselor and for the National Certified Counselor credential. This includes the eight content areas tested in the National Counselor Exam, which many states require for licensure. While in this program, you'll also begin accumulating the hours of supervised psychotherapy experience required for state licensure.

    This specialization is 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 in Maryland and for similar licensure throughout the United States.

    Our students have a nearly perfect (99 percent) first-time pass record on the National Counselor Exam.

  • In this 42-credit concentration, you'll focus on preparing yourself to facilitate effective leadership within organizations and to help those same organizations hire, train and motivate employees.

    This concentration prepares you for jobs:

    You'll earn a Master of Science degree that meets the guidelines for education and training at the master's level in industrial-organizational psychology, as set forth by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Program contacts:

Elaine Johnson, director, M.S. in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology program
Thomas Mitchell, director, M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology program

Classes are offered evenings.


photo above: graduate psychology students during a service-learning project at the National Aquarium  

Other psychology programs offered by the Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences: