The Master of Science in Professional Counseling is a graduate program that prepares students for clinical practice and potential licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.). This 3 year program requires 60 hours of graduate work, following guidelines established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (i.e., specializations in Mental Health Counseling or Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling) and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Broad in scope, its focus and course work support a range of theoretical perspectives and potential practice with diverse treatment populations.
The Masters in Professional Counseling Program at Westminster College educates students in the fundamentals of psychological theory and practice in an experiential and interpersonal learning environment that facilitates personal and professional growth. Our aim is to train professional counselors with a sound basis in ethical behavior, psychological theories, and professional skills, creating a knowledge base and capacity for thinking that can be translated into effective counseling practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds. We strive to guide our students to become more self-aware and self-reflective as they hone their intellectual and emotional skills. We encourage critical thinking, emphasize professional honesty and integrity, and foster a commitment to providing services to local communities.
• Practice in the field of psychology with a comprehensive understanding of ethical and professional behavior.
• Establish a professional identity in a career as a professional counselor within a local community.
• Articulate a fundamental knowledge of research, theory, and practice in the field of psychology from a broad range of clinical perspectives.
• Engage in critical thinking skills and develop a heightened self-awareness.
• Appreciate and practice counseling skills with an acute sensitivity to issues of diversity.
• Seek professional consultation with colleagues and supervisors, facilitating engagement in a life long learning process.
• Assess individuals, families, and groups using appropriate theory and skills and derive appropriate intervention strategies to help these clients resolve their problems of living.
Admission to the Masters in Professional Counseling Program
Admission to the program is based on an evaluation of demonstrated academic ability and potential for success in the counseling arena. Students enter the program at the beginning of fall semester only. To apply, candidates must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:
- A completed application for Graduate Admission with a $40 application fee.
- Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a recognized international college or university.
Official copies of transcripts sent by the registrar of each college or university attended.
- Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional colleagues who can address the candidate’s academic and interpersonal skills relevant to practice as a professional counselor.
- A personal statement which addresses the candidate’s career goals, reasons for selecting Westminster College for graduate education, and practice/research interests.
- Scores on the Graduate Record Exam taken within the past 5 years.
- Proof of clear state and federal background checks at the time of admission.
- International students with baccalaureate degrees from countries other than the United States must present a TOEFL score of 600 or above.