Psychology and Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has a strong tradition of graduate education for mental healthcare professionals. Our graduate programs prepare students to become Licensed Psychologists, School Psychology Specialists, or Licensed Professional Counselors who provide evidence-based services for children, adults, and families in a variety of healthcare and educational settings. Our graduate programs include the following:

The MS program in Mental Health Counseling is well respected for producing high quality, effective Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs).
Jump to §1. | Go to the department’s Mental Health Counseling page.

The MS+15 hour Post-Master’s Certificate program in School Psychology is accredited by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and leads to certification as a School Psychology Specialist.
Jump to §2 | Go to the department’s MS+PMC, School Psychology page.

The PhD program in Psychology, Counseling Psychology Track, began in 2008 and is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Jump to §3.1 | Go to the department’s PhD, Psychology, Counseling Psychology Track page.

The PhD program in Psychology, School Psychology Track, is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the only doctoral program in School Psychology in Arkansas.
Jump to §3.2 | Go to the department’s PhD, Psychology, School Psychology Track page.

[1] Mental Health Counseling

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The MS program in Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to provide comprehensive counseling services to groups and individuals. Graduates work as Licensed Professional Counselors in mental health centers, private practice, and community agencies. The program has high academic and practice standards that are consistent with state and national qualifications for licensed professional counselors. The program is geared toward the standards and values of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

[1.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) MS program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the MHC program.

January 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission.


Application to the UCA Graduate School – at least three weeks before department application deadline:

  • Online application and fee payment
  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – general test
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework

Application to the Mental Health Counseling program:

  • Mental Health Counseling Program Application—hard copy of program application form (downloaded from Department of Psychology and Counseling website)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references qualified to comment on your academic and professional potential
  • Personal Statement
    A 400-500 word statement of applicant’s interest in counseling, how UCA’s program fits applicant’s goals, and career aspirations (double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Prerequisite coursework (any outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed before starting classes in the program):
    • General Psychology
    • Psychological Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Theories of Personality
  • On-campus interviews are required for applicants and will be conducted after the January 15 application deadline. However, telephone or Skype interviews may be arranged depending on circumstances.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check (will be requested after the interview)

[1.2] Program Curriculum (60 hours)

Required Coursework (48 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychology3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology3
PSYC 6356Group Therapy3
COUN 6350Counseling Process and Skills3
COUN 6360Research Methods in Counseling (PSYC 6331 may be taken in place of COUN 6360 by students who have completed PSYC 6330)3
PSYC 6325Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictions3
COUN 6381Counseling Practicum I3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Counseling3
PSYC 6393Marriage and Family Therapy3
COUN 6382Counseling Practicum II3
COUN 6334Analysis of the Individual3
COUN 6342Career Counseling3
PSYC 6372Psychopharmacology3
COUN 6V41Counseling Internship3 or 6

Elective Coursework (12 hours from the following)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSYC 6316Child Psychopathology3
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics3
PSYC 6331*Research Design (PSYC 6331 may be taken in place of COUN 6360 by students who have completed PSYC 6330)3
PSYC 6335Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems3
PSYC 6350History of Psychology3
PSYC 6360Organization and Operation of the Schools3
PSYC 6361Problems in Psychology I3
PSYC 6362Problems in Psychology II3
PSYC 6363Foundations of Social and Affective Psychology3
PSYC 7312Learning and Cognition3
PSYC 7315General Linear Models3
PSYC 7320Regression and Multivariate Analysis3
PSYC 7325Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 7361Psychological Treatments and Methods3

[1.2.1] Curriculum Substitutions for Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students

For students enrolled in the doctoral program (Counseling Psychology Track) who do not enter the program with a master’s degree in counseling or a counseling related field, the following substitutions will be made:

Substitute PSYC 6313, 7360, 7361, and 6379 for COUN 6334, COUN 6341, PSYC 6325, and PSYC 6372.

Doctoral students earning the MS in Mental Health Counseling will not be eligible for licensure by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling unless they complete COUN 6V41 (Internship in Counseling) and PSYC 6372 (Psychopharmacology).

[1.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three Cs in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. In addition, the Arkansas counseling board will not allow C grades for application toward licensure. Therefore, grades below B will not be accepted toward completion of the degree.

[1.4] Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed before internship. Dates of the comprehensive examination are

Fall Testing: 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November – for following spring internship
Spring Testing: 1st Tuesday and Wednesday in April – for following fall internship

[1.5] Licensure

Students completing the Mental Health Counseling program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor under Act 593 of 1979. After 3,000 hours of post-degree, supervised experience, they are eligible for examination as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

[2] School Psychology MS with Post-Master’s Certificate

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The MS program in School Psychology prepares graduates to provide comprehensive school psychological services to preschool through secondary students and their caregivers. The program prepares entry level school psychology practitioners to apply scientifically-based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of their professional work. The 60-hour MS/PMC program has been approved at the specialist level by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since 1994 and adheres to the ethical standards and values of NASP and the American Psychological Association (APA).

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[2.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the School Psychology (SP) program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the SP program.

January 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission


Application materials include the following:

  1. Graduate School application
  2. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – general test
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  4. SP Program Application
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references qualified to comment on your academic and professional potential
  6. Prerequisite coursework—12 semester hours of undergraduate psychology coursework including:
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics
  7. Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check (see program information for details)
  8. On-campus interviews are generally required for program applicants.

[2.2] Program Curriculum: Required Coursework (60 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 6375Professional School Psychology3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling3
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology3
PSYC 6331Research Design3
PSYC 6373Individual and Organizational Consultation3
PSYC 6313Psycho-Educational Assessment I3
PSYC 6335Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems3
PSYC 7325/6372Physiological Psychology or Psychopharmacology3
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology and Counseling3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
PSYC 6332School Psychology Practicum3
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSYC 8305Psycho-Educational Intervention I3
*PSYC 6376Psycho-Educational Assessment II3
*PSYC 6356Group Counseling3
*PSYC 6333School Psychology Practicum II3
*PSYC 6V42Internship in Psychology (Fall, Year 3)3
*PSYC 6V42Internship in Psychology (Spring, Year 3)3

* After successful completion of 45 hours and the comprehensive examination in the Fall of Year 2, the student is awarded the MS degree in School Psychology. This degree is insufficient for school psychology licensure in any state, which is why all students in the program complete the Post-Master’s Certification coursework—marked with an asterisk (*) in the above coursework sequence, for a total of 60 semester hours.

[2.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three Cs in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

[2.4] Comprehensive Examination

A qualifying comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed before beginning internship in Year 3. The date of the comprehensive examination typically is the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November.

[2.5] Licensure and Certification

After the Praxis II (school psychology) exam is passed and internship is complete, each student will receive a Post-Master’s Certificate (indicating the completion of the 60-hour program) from the School Psychology Program. After passing all 60 hours and the Praxis II (school psychology) exam, students must successfully pass a criminal background check in order to be eligible to become a School Psychology Specialist through the Arkansas Department of Education. Praxis II exam scores must be sent to the UCA College of Education’s Director of Candidate Services. Praxis II online registration code #6012 should be used to ensure that the scores will be sent to UCA.

[3] PhD in Psychology

The PhD program in Psychology offers two tracks, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. The program is designed to prepare school psychologists and counseling psychologists for professional practice in applied and research settings. Prospective students apply for admission to one of these programs. Both tracks are accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Questions related to either program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202) 336-5979 | Email: apaaccred@apa.org | Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/

[3.1] Counseling Psychology

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The Counseling Psychology track is designed to prepare counseling psychologists to provide evidence-based psychological services and conduct research in a variety of clinical and academic settings. The Counseling Psychology track began in 2008 and is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

[3.1.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the Counseling Psychology track must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the doctoral program.

January 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission


Application materials include the following:

Before the application for Counseling Psychology can be approved by the department, an applicant must complete an Online Graduate School Admission application, submit official transcripts of all completed college course work and submit official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores on the General Section.

In addition, the following items are required by the department:

  1. Completed, typed Counseling Psychology Application for Admission which can be found at the following link: http://uca.edu/psychology/doc-school-psyc-counseling/
  2. Twelve (12) semester hours of undergraduate preparation in psychology (See program application for specific requirements: any outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the first year in the program.)
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from former college professors or individuals otherwise qualified to comment on the applicant’s professional and academic potential
  4. A 500-word statement of purpose which includes your interest in the field of psychology and your goals upon completion of the degree
  5. Current résumé or vita.
  6. Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check (see program information for details)

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the admissions deadline.

[3.1.2] Program Curriculum: Required Coursework (120 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
PSYC 7360Foundations of Counseling Psychology3
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychology3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics3
PSYC 6331Research Design3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology3
PSYC 6356Group Therapy3
COUN 6350Counseling Process and Skills3
COUN 6342Career Counseling3
PSYC 7315General Linear Models3
PSYC 6393Marriage and Family Therapy3
COUN 6381Counseling Practicum I3
PSYC 6313Psycho-educational Assessment I3
PSYC 7V41Doctoral Research Seminar3*
PSYC 7361Psychological Treatments and Methods3
PSYC 7320Regression and Multivariate Analysis3
COUN 6382Counseling Practicum II3
PSYC 6379Personality Assessment3
PSYC 6316Child Psychopathology3
PSYC 7312Learning and Cognition3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Counseling3
PSYC 7V65Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology12*
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSYC 6350History of Psychology3
PSYC 8320Integrated Health Care in the Community3
PSYC 6363Foundations of Social and Affective Psychology3
PSYC 7325Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 9V10Dissertation9*
PSYC 6373Consultation and Supervision3
ELECTIVEPSYC or COUN elective at 6000 level or above3
PSYC 9605Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology6
PSYC 9606Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology6
* PSYC 7V41 is taken for a total of 3 semester hours; PSYC 7V65 is taken for a total of 12 semester hours; PSYC 9V10 is taken for a total of 9 semester hours.
Master’s Degree Requirement

All students in the Counseling Psychology Track who have not previously earned a master’s in counseling or a counseling-related field will earn a master’s in Mental Health Counseling after the completion of the appropriate 60 hour coursework and comprehensive examination. For such students, the following substitutions will be made in the Mental Health Counseling program:

Substitute PSYC 6313, 7360, 7361, and 6379 for COUN 6334, COUN 6341, PSYC 6325, and PSYC 6372.

Doctoral students earning the MS in Mental Health Counseling will not be eligible for licensure by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling unless they complete COUN 6V41 (Internship in Counseling) and PSYC 6372 (Psychopharmacology).

[3.1.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three Cs in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. In addition, for students in the Counseling Psychology track, grades below B will not be accepted toward completion of the degree.

[3.1.4] Comprehensive Examinations

Master’s comprehensive examinations must be satisfactorily completed to be eligible for the MS degree in Mental Health Counseling. Master’s comprehensive examinations are typically given on the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November.
Doctoral qualifying examinations (written and oral exams) must also be satisfactorily completed before pre-doctoral internship. Doctoral qualifying exams are typically given in April.

[3.1.5] Licensure

Students completing the PhD program are eligible to apply for Licensure as a Psychologist through the Arkansas Board of Psychology (ABP) provided that they successfully meet all ABP licensure criteria and requirements.

[3.2] School Psychology

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The School Psychology Track prepares graduates to provide comprehensive school psychological services to preschool through secondary students and their caregivers. The program prepares doctoral-level school psychologists to apply scientifically based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of professional work. The program has been approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 2006 and adheres to the ethical standards and values of the American Psychological Association (APA).

[3.2.1] Admission Requirements

All applicants for the School Psychology (SP) PhD program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the SP program.

January 15th is the deadline for all completed application materials – for summer or fall admission.


Application materials include the following:

  1. Graduate School application
  2. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – General Test
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  4. SP Program Application
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references qualified to comment on your academic and professional potential
  6. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 12 undergraduate hours of psychology coursework including:
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics
  7. On-campus interviews are typically required for program applicants.

[3.2.2] Program Curriculum: Required Coursework (120 hours)

CourseCourse TitleHours
Year 1, Fall 1
PSYC 6330Advanced Psychological Statistics3
PSYC 6354Theories of Psychotherapy & Counseling3
PSYC 6360Organization and Operation of Schools: Implications for School Psychologists3
PSYC 6370Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 6375Professional School Psychology3
Year 1, Spring 1
PSYC 6313Psycho-Educational Assessment I3
PSYC 6314Psychopathology3
PSYC 6331Research Design3
PSYC 6373Individual and Organizational Consultation3
Year 1, Summer 1
PSYC 6335Identification and Remediation of Learning Problems3
PSYC 6355Multicultural Issues in Psychology & Counseling3
PSYC 6398Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology & Counseling3
PSYC 7325Physiological Psychology3
Year 2, Fall 2
PSYC 6315Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSYC 6332School Psychology Practicum I3
PSYC 7V41Doctoral Research Seminar in Psychology1
PSYC 8305Psycho-Educational Intervention I3
Year 2, Spring 2
PSYC 6333School Psychology Practicum II3
PSYC 6376Psycho-Educational Assessment II3
PSYC 7V41Doctoral Research Seminar in Psychology1
PSYC 6356Group Psychotherapy3
Year 2, Summer 2
PSYC 7V41Doctoral Research Seminar in Psychology1
PSYC 7315Application of General Linear Models to Experimental Design3
PSYC 7350
PSYC 6361
Teaching of Psychology OR
Problems in Psychology
(students choose one of these classes or another class with advisor's approval)
3
Year 3, Fall 3
COUN 6381Practicum in Counseling3
PSYC 7320Regression and Multivariate Analysis3
PSYC 6350History and Systems of Psychology3
Year 3, Spring 3
PSYC 6363Foundations of Social and Affective Psychology3
PSYC 7305Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology I3
PSYC 8310Psycho-Educational Intervention II3
Year 3, Summer 3
PSYC 6393Marital and Family Therapy3
PSYC 7312Learning and Cognition3
Year 4, Fall 4
PSYC 7306Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology II3
PSYC 8315Child Mental Health Promotion and Prevention3
Year 4, Spring 4
PSYC 7335Program Evaluation in School, Community, and Mental Health Settings3
PSYC 9V10Dissertation Research in Psychology3
PSYC 7307Doctoral Practicum in School Psychology III3
Year 4, Summer 4
PSYC 9V10Dissertation Research in Psychology3
Year 5, Fall 5
PSYC 9605Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology6
Year 5, Spring 5
PSYC 9606Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology6

[3.2.3] Grade Requirements

Students receiving three Cs in graduate courses will not be permitted to continue in the program, nor will they be permitted to enroll in any other program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. In addition, for students in the School Psychology track, grades below B will not be accepted toward completion of the degree.

[3.2.4] Comprehensive Examinations and Portfolio Assessments

A qualifying comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed during the second year of coursework before advancing further in the program. The date of the comprehensive examination typically is the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday in November.

In addition to successfully passing the qualifying comprehensive examination in the second year of the program, PhD students are required to successfully complete: (a) a comprehensive, cumulative portfolio of their work in the program; and (b) an oral comprehensive examination directed and evaluated by the School Psychology Committee. The above requirements must be passed prior to beginning the pre-doctoral internship.

[3.2.5] Licensure and Certification

Students completing the PhD program are eligible to apply for Licensure as a Psychologist through the Arkansas Board of Psychology (ABP) provided that they successfully meet all ABP licensure criteria and requirements.

[5] Graduate Course Links

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Follow this link for PSYC course descriptions: course link.