Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Designed to prepare graduates for work in the community and schools, assisting children, youth, and adults in adapting to various educational, family, organizational, and societal demands.

About the Program

Chaminade University’s MSCP program offers students the ability to emphasize in one of three areas: School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Counseling. The vision of this program is to develop qualified, effective counselors while strengthening partnerships in the community.

Chaminade University’s MSCP Programs are designed to prepare graduates for work in the community and schools, assisting children, youth, and adults in adapting to various educational, family, organizational, and societal demands. The course of study is structured to ensure students have a strong theoretical foundation and basic counseling skills before entering the clinical portion of the program during the last three terms.

Program Emphasis

School Counseling

The School Counseling emphasis is designed to prepare students as counselors within K–12 school settings for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the learning process within the context of academic, career, personal, and social development. Curriculum content is based on the requirements set forth by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board. The program is approved by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and recognized as a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP) for School Counselors.

Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling emphasis is designed to prepare students as counselors to assist children, adolescents, and adults in helping themselves adapt cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally to various interrelated environments. Curriculum content is based on the National Board for Certified Counselors requirements for professional counseling and the State of Hawai‘i Licensure Standards for the Mental Health Counselor.

Marriage and Family Counseling

The Marriage and Family Counseling emphasis is designed to prepare students as family systems counselors. This enables graduates to help people in adapting to various educational, family, organizational, and societal demands. Students will observe and practice counseling skills with individuals, couples, and families, in a variety of settings, and train under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Curriculum content is based on the National Board for Certified Counselors requirements for professional counseling and the State of Hawai‘i Licensure Standards for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Program Advantages

Class Format

Convenient evening and online classes

Accelerated Schedule

Accelerated 10-week course semester/terms

Class Size

Small class sizes ensure individualized attention

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Program Admission

Admission for four terms beginning January, April, July, and October

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Timeline to Degree Completion

The program of study can be completed in 30 to 36 months.

Dedicated Faculty

Faculty with real-world experience and a commitment to personal mentoring

I’ve always had the desire to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling. However, as a single parent, that dream of graduate school seemed to be one that I thought needed to be put on hold for a while. My aunt, a staunch supporter of education, convinced me that this was my calling and that I needed to pursue my passion for the field. After researching through the MSCP program’s website and consulting with alumni, I realized that the class schedule would fit into my busy lifestyle. I entered the program in the Fall of 2009. From the moment I received my acceptance letter, until the day that I walked across the stage to receive my diploma, I felt an overwhelming sense of support from the Chaminade faculty and staff. The MSCP program provided me with a solid foundation in counseling theories, an essential set of counseling skills, and opportunities to practice clinical counseling. The instructors created a learning environment that fostered growth in the areas of communication and leadership which added to my marketability upon entering the workforce.

Chaminade University’s MSCP program provided me with a diverse and enriching experience in counseling. Being that class sizes were small, I felt that I was able to really get to know the instructors and develop a relationship with them. These genuine relationships created a safe environment in which I experienced tremendous growth because I was challenged and encouraged to expand upon my counseling techniques and constantly reconnect with my passion to become a skilled counselor. Well-rounded curriculum delivered by instructors with diverse counseling backgrounds gave me the confidence I have today to practice across diverse settings and populations. As a counselor working within the educational system, I apply all that I have learned in this program to my work with students, their families, and communities.

I am extremely proud to be an alumna of Chaminade University’s MSCP program and would highly recommend it to those who are searching for a quality counseling program. This program offers students the opportunity to grow and develop counseling competency and skills by creating experiences to apply knowledge to counseling practice. Class sizes and availability of the instructors creates an environment of support and guidance as you navigate through the program. I feel that this program was the best fit for me because of its schedule, convenience, class size, supportive faculty, and quality counseling curriculum. I am forever grateful for this program and the lifelong bonds that have developed as a result of my Chaminade journey.

Michel Arakaki, MSCP ‘12

Program Coordinator/Counselor, Kamehameha Schools