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The Master of Arts in Psychology - Counseling prepares graduates to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oklahoma and to provide services in diverse settings. Graduates work in private practice, community mental health centers, youth and family service agencies, marriage and family counseling centers, child guidance clinics, university counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and shelters or centers for child abuse and domestic violence. Some graduates go on to complete additional training at the doctoral level at universities around the nation. The program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council


Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the ethical and legal standards of behavior for counselors and consistently function in an ethical, professional manner.
  • Demonstrate skills in creating effective professional relationships that facilitate the counseling process.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in applying evidence-based treatments in working with diverse models, theories, and techniques that contribute to positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrate skills in conducting effective assessment and treatment of children, couples, families, and groups while being sensitive to the special needs and considerations of these client populations.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the importance of the science of psychology, applied research, and scientific inquiry and their contributions to the counseling process.
  • Demonstrate skills in working with individuals who are culturally diverse.
  • Demonstrate a science-based understanding of the development, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology.

Application Process

There are two applications required for admission to this program. The application deadline each year is January 15 for the following fall admission.  To apply for admission into the M.A. in Psychology - Counseling candidates must complete the following steps:

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission into the M.A. in Psychology - Counseling candidates should have a preferred minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher OR a preferred 3.0 in the last 60 hours attempted.  Candidates must also meet the preferred minimum GRE score of 290 combined Verbal and Quantitative and a 3.5 in Writing.

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Program Accreditation Information


Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Case management
  • Mental health services
  • Providing counseling and psychotherapy in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization settings, and community agencies
  • Mental health administration for agencies and group practices

Community & Student Organizations

  • UCO Psi Chi chapter
  • Oklahoma Counseling Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Behavior & Cognitive Therapies
  • Oklahoma Psychological Society