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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, M.A.

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Contact Information

Program Director: Sheri A. Atwater

Assistant Director: Catherine M. Foote

Academic Advisor: Danielle West


The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares candidates to succeed as a counselor in diverse educational, community, private, and non-profit settings. This is a 60-semester-hour program designed for those who intend to pursue Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) certification. Graduates of the MA in Counseling program are eligible to apply to the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for Associate Clinical Counselor Intern (ACCI) status. As a ACCI, graduates then complete 3,000 hours of work and pass 2 national exams to receive LPCC status. There are 2 specialization options for LPCC eligibility: (1) Community Mental Health and (2) School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 2 sealed, Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Bachelor's degree conferral must be verified on transcript
  • Technology Form
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance (COC)
  • California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) official score report
    • For those seeking the School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential specialization option
  • Statement of Intent addressing:
    • The characteristics the applicant possesses that he or she thinks will make him or her an effective counselor;
    • In what specific ways does the LMU Counseling Program help the applicant achieve his or her professional goals;
    • The applicant's commitment towards preparing himself or herself to be an effective counselor, including devoting the required time and financial planning to a culminating internship in the field, and becoming active in related professional organizations (e.g., CALPCC, CASC, ASCA);
    • The applicant's related work or volunteer experiences with individuals from diverse backgrounds (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and/or children/adults with disabilities);
    • The applicant's perspective on multiculturalism and social justice, as outlined in the School of Education's REAL conceptual framework;
    • A bulleted list (to be included at the end of Statement of Intent) indicating a) positions held, b) length of time/duration, c) supervisor name/contact information, and d) volunteer or paid positions.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL (100 minimim score) or IELTS (7 minimum score)

Community Mental Health Specialization:

School Counseling Specialization:

Total: 60 semester hours

Additional Requirements

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