Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) Major in Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

The objective of the Master of Science in Psychology Program at Carlos Albizu University, Miami Campus, is to train you to become a culturally competent mental health practitioner to deliver effective services to diverse populations.

Program Highlights

Carlos Albizu University’s Master of Science in Psychology Major in Mental Health Counseling is committed to providing personal attention to your professional growth throughout the course of your studies at CAU. Afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes make the adaptation to academic life less difficult for those of you holding full-time or part-time jobs. Some courses are also available partially or fully online for added convenience.

Our Master of Science in Psychology Program offers you majors in Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. You will also have the option of selecting one major, or selecting two majors to provide you with additional specialized training and a competitive advantage in the labor market.

CAU’s  Master of Science in Psychology Program faculty members are active professionals who will provide you with an understanding of relevant theories, skills, techniques, research, and practice in the field of mental health.

Our small student-faculty ratio will enhance your learning by creating a classroom environment where you will be encouraged to engage in critical thinking and hone your skills to meet the needs of a diverse workforce upon graduation.

CAU’s Master of Psychology Program extensive external practicum placement network allows you the choice of over 90 sites in the community where you will have the opportunity to hone your clinical skills under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals.

As a graduate of Carlos Albizu University’s Master of Science in Psychology Program, you will be eligible for licensure or certification, according to the major chosen.

Major Outline

The Mental Health Counseling Major is designed to train you to become a mental health professional who can provide culturally relevant counseling, assessment, and consultative interventions in public and private mental health care systems. The acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to diagnose and treat disorders and promote optimal mental health are primary training goals. In addition to the core curriculum courses required of all CAU’s Master of Science in Psychology students,  the specific courses required are: Human Sexuality & Sexual Dysfunctions (PSYM563), Career Development & Assessment (PSYM513), Group Counseling (PSYM520), Individual Assessment & Appraisal (PSYM657), Family Therapy: Theory & Practice (PSYM562), Mental Health Care Systems (PSYM599), and Counseling in Community Settings (PSYM682).  Total degree requirements for this major include 51 academic credits, and 10 practicum credits.

Career Opportunities

Carlos Albizu University Master of Science in Psychology graduates go on to secure gainful employment in a variety of public and private mental health services settings. These include: community mental health agencies, hospitals, public and private social services agencies, shelters for special populations, inpatient and outpatient  treatment facilities, school-based programs, substance abuse treatment centers, hospice centers, colleges and universities, and private practice settings.


San Juan location
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
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56 Calle José De Diego, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680 Phone: (787) 838-7272 Fax: (787) 721-7187
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  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education