Study Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents, MS at Azusa Pacific University
Program at a Glance
The School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences equips students for compassionate leadership in fields like physical therapy, social work, and psychology, guided by experienced faculty and hands-on learning.
- Fall Completed Application Deadline: March 1 (Fall term starts in August)
- Spring Final Application Deadline: October 1 (Spring term starts in January)
Cost per Unit
- Azusa (Main Campus), Online
Gain Hands-on Experience
- Put your learning into practice through fieldwork.
- Integrate a Christian perspective throughout your coursework.
- Learn from active practitioners and researchers in the field.
- Build your expertise in best practice treatments, youth substance abuse, childhood trauma recovery, and more.
- Earn an optional play therapy certificate.
By the Numbers
Eimee Ponciano: Trusting God in the Uncertainty
Eimee Ponciano ’24 is learning how to treat others with grace and respect as she dives deep into her psychology major at APU.
The MS in Counseling Psychology degree program not only prepares individuals to work with the general population, as many psychology-related degrees do, it also prepares clinicians to specialize in the needs of children and youth. You will graduate ready to pursue LPCC licensure in California and help meet the high demand for specialists in this field.
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Fall Start: in person classes at Azusa (Main Campus) for program duration
Spring Start: online SYNCHRONOUS
The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.
- Graduate application for admission
- $45 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s
bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate
An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.
- Professional Interest Essay covering:
- Brief background information to help us get to know you as a unique person
- Why you chose to pursue Counseling in this season of your life
- Why you are applying to Azusa Pacific University for Counseling
- Experiences that have prepared you for Counseling
- Strengths and weaknesses that would affect your performance in this career
- Your professional goals
- Two letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references
- A personal interview will be conducted as necessary with qualified applicants
Admission Requirements—International Applicants
Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).
To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above.
International applicants must also:
- Demonstrate proficiency in English through a placement test with the Academic Success Center, or through a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. Refer to APU’s English proficiency requirements to learn more. Request that official test scores be sent to APU. All other forms of proof indicated in the English proficiency requirements must be submitted directly to International Services.
- Provide a Graduate Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) and a bank statement from within the last six months proving financial ability to pay for education costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
- Submit a copy of a valid passport showing biographical data, including your name, country of citizenship, date of birth, and other legal information.
- Get foreign transcripts evaluated. International credentials (transcripts, certificates, diplomas, and degrees) must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency. View our policy and a list of approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies.
What to Expect
After all admission materials have been received by the Student Services Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.
Delivering high-quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes those services and personnel who partner with you in pursuit of higher education. Below is a detailed breakdown of the fees associated with the benefits and services included in your degree program.
Department of Psychology
|MS in Counseling Psychology (per unit)||$783|
View a complete list of university fees.
All stated financial information is subject to change. Contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020 for more information.
Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020.
Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.
School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Alumni Tuition Discounts
APU’s School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS) offers an alumni tuition discount for APU alumni starting in the following graduate programs:
- Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization
- Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
- Master of Arts in Physical Education
- Master of Science in Child Life
- Master of Science in Physical Education
- Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analysis
- Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents
Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students must be enrolled at least half-time. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each term. APU will pay $500 per term (up to $2,000 over the course of the program). This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.
Note: Award and eligibility are applicable for the 2022-23 academic year and apply to students admitted beginning fall 2020. The discount is subject to change.
To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic
If you have questions, we’re here to help! Connect with a representative who can walk you through the program details and application process.
Additional Program Contact
Danielle Lascano, EdD, program director, [email protected]
Department of Psychology
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 2420
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Student Services Center
- Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Career Outlook and Outcomes
Eimee Ponciano: Trusting God in the Uncertainty
Eimee Ponciano ’24, enjoys learning how to treat patients in a caring and respectful way from her experienced professors.