Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 48 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer credit may be applied toward the degree. Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See "Graduate Education" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Application Procedures:

The Department of Psychology admits applicants to its MS program only in the fall semester each year. In addition to the Office of Graduate Studies' admission prerequisites and application procedures (please see The University Catalog

, Graduate Education: Application Procedures), the Department of Psychology requires the completion of its own Admissions Application, including a Statement of Purpose and three letters of recommendation. These application materials are available online at and are to be submitted along with transcripts and test scores, by March 1 for consideration for fall admission.

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: MS Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapists:

The Master of Science in Psychology degree has been designed to meet the educational requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) license in the State of California (MFT licensing law AB 4980.08).

For specific advisory patterns and recommended course sequence in the MS Psychology program's specialization, MS admits should consult the MS Psychology Coordinator.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs" in The University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution.

4. Completion of either the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test or the Miller Analogies Test. The Graduate Record Examination Advanced Test in Psychology is not required but will be considered if available.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

Students must have completed the following four course prerequisites within the last ten years: one course in psychology of learning; one course in developmental or child psychology; one course in statistics for psychology; one course in either the psychology of personality, abnormal psychology, or social psychology (abnormal psychology is recommended since it is also a prerequisite for PSYC 643 in the MS program).

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at least 18 units of the proposed program, including PSYC 573, PSYC 670, PSYC 673A, and 9 units selected from remaining eligible program course requirements with at least a B average in these courses.

2. A student must pass the writing proficiency requirement in order to be advanced to candidacy.

3. All "Incomplete" grades must be completed before a student will be advanced to candidacy.

4. Formation of the graduate advisory committee.

5. Development of an approved program in consultation with the MS Psychology Coordinator and the graduate advisory committee, and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

6. Demonstrated ability to provide competent service, in accordance with Section F (Standard of Practice 42) of the American Counseling Association's Ethical Standards and Sections 1.22 and 6.05 of the American Psychological Association's Principles and Code of Conduct.

7. Approval of the graduate committee in the Department of Psychology.

Requirements for the MS Degree in Psychology:

Completion of all requirements established by the department graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Studies.

MFT Course Work:

Students seeking eligibility for the California Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license must complete at least 48 units of course work, including PSYC 697R (Analytical Review) or PSYC 699T (Master's Thesis) as designated by the department, the courses listed below (under Requirements for the MS Degree in Psychology), and any elective units needed to attain this 48-unit minimum. In addition to the specific MS degree program course requirements listed below, MFT licensure applicants are required to have completed a minimum 2-unit survey course in psychopharmacology. This may be taken as elective units (PSYC 571) in a student's MS degree program or may be taken after the degree is completed and before taking the written licensure exam. MFT licensure applicants are also required to have completed a minimum of seven contact hours of training in child abuse assessment and reporting in addition to MS degree program requirements. Both the psychopharmacology and child abuse reporting requirement must be completed before sitting for the licensure exam.

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 48 units of 500/600-level courses as follows:

13 courses required:
PSYC573Counseling Psychology3.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 381 or PSYC 382, senior or graduate standing, faculty permission.

PSYC600Research and Evaluation Meth3.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 364 or equivalent, faculty permission.

PSYC603Advanced Developmental Psych3.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 355, faculty permission.

PSYC643Child/Adult Psychopathology3.0SP

Prerequisites: PSYC 381 and classified status in Psychology MS program.

PSYC665Psy Assess Counseling Profess3.0FA

Prerequisites: PSYC 560 or equivalent course in psychometrics strongly recommended.

PSYC670Seminar in Group Counseling3.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 573 (with a grade of B or better), faculty permission.

PSYC671Child/Adolescent Counseling3.0SP

Prerequisites: PSYC 573, PSYC 603, faculty permission.

PSYC672Cross-Culture Iss Counseling3.0FA

Prerequisites: PSY 573, faculty permission.

PSYC673APracticum Individ Counseling3.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 573 (with grade of B or higher), classified status in MA or MS Psychology program, faculty permission.

PSYC673BPracticum in Group Counseling3.0FS

Prerequisites: Candidacy in MA or MS Psychology program. Grade of B or higher in PSYC 670; PSYC 673A, faculty permission.

PSYC674Couns Sexuality/Substnce Abuse3.0FA

Prerequisites: Classified status in MS Psychology Program, PSYC 573 (may be taken concurrently), faculty permission.

PSYC675Theories of Family Therapy3.0SP

Prerequisites: PSYC 673A (with a grade of B or higher), faculty permission.

PSYC679Prof/Ethic/Legal Iss Counsel3.0FA

Prerequisites: Classified status in the MS in Psychology program or faculty permission.

1 course selected from:
PSYC673CPrac: Marriage/Fam Therapy3.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 673A (with grade of B or higher), PSYC 675 (may be taken concurrently), faculty permission.

PSYC687Internship: Counseling Psych1.06.0FS

Prerequisites: PSYC 673A and PSYC 673B (with grade of B or higher in each course); PSYC 673B may be taken concurrently with faculty permission.

PSYC 687 may be selected only with the approval of the MS Psychology Coordinator.


3 units selected from:

NOTE: Students who include 6 units of PSYC 699T, Master's Thesis, in their program do not need a course from the following selection list.

PSYC605Advanced Human Learning3.0FA

Prerequisites: PSYC 466 or PSYC 362, faculty permission.

PSYC628AIss Teaching Counsel Process1.0FS

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology, concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PSYC 673A, concurrent enrollment in PSYC 629A, faculty permission.

PSYC629ASupervised Teach Counsel Proc1.0FS

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology, concurrent enrollment in PSYC 628A, faculty permission.

PSYC648Career Counseling/Development3.0SP

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

PSYC697Independent Study1.06.0FS
3 units selected from:
PSYC697RAnalytical Review3.0FS

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, faculty permission.

PSYC699TMaster's Thesis1.06.0FS

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, faculty permission.

(a) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable). (b) Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status. (c) At least 9 units completed after advancement to candidacy. (d) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (697) and Master's Thesis (699T); not more than 6 units of Master's Thesis (699T). (Enrollment in 699T is restricted to students who have been advanced to candidacy; students may not enroll in 699T for more than three semesters.) Not more than 4 units of supervised college teaching (PSYC 628B and PSYC 629B). (e) With the exception of Master's Thesis (699T), all course work included in the approved program must be taken for a letter grade.

2. Completion and final approval of a thesis or an analytical review as specified by the student's graduate advisory committee.

3. Satisfactory completion of an oral examination for the thesis option and a written examination for the analytical review.

4. Approval by the departmental graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Psychology MS students will demonstrate their writing competence through an essay examination offered once a semester by the Department of Psychology's graduate committee. This requirement must be completed before advancement to candidacy.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exception of Master's Thesis-699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 699 and courses outside the major).

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at an accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

All courses in the major (with the exception of Master's Thesis-699T) must be taken for a letter grade.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Students should consult the MS Psychology Coordinator in planning their MS program.


All research projects which involve human participants must be reviewed for adherence to ethical guidelines as outlined in departmental and university policies (EM 84-03). No project may proceed without prior approval by the department's Ethical Treatment in Human Investigations Committee. All research with animals must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the University Animal Welfare Policy.