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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

This program implements a wide range of educational techniques, such as practical demonstrations, debates, and case discussions to train professionals who can improve the quality of life of others.

Available in the following locations:

SJU MYZ

Credits

60 credits

Academic Level

Master's degree

Duration

2 ½ years
Dra. Sonia Cepeda

Program director:

Dr. Sonia L. Cepeda Hernández

787-725-6500, ext. 1517
scepeda@albizu.edu
PO Box 9023711
San Juan, PR 00902-3711

Highlights

  • Albizu University (AU) promotes cross-program collaboration. Most of the fundamental psychology courses are offered in integrated formats, so our students can share their experiences with the faculty and students of other programs.
  • Graduates of this program qualify to apply for a psychology license in Puerto Rico. This allows them to secure employment in places such as hospitals and community health services agencies, as well as public and private social services agencies that welcome vulnerable populations.
  • Graduates may also find employment opportunities in institutions for the treatment of patients in acute or partial hospitalizations, treatment centers for people with substance disorders, colleges, universities, and institutions with private practices.

In Focus

  • Our program is mainly offered on campus. However, online and hybrid course modalities are available.
  • This master's degree follows the Vail model, also known as the practitioner-scholar model, to train our students. This practice-oriented program focuses on professional service and direct practice, as well as the evaluation and continuous improvement of these services. From the beginning of the program, students will learn the theory and integrate it into practice.
  • All our faculty and supervisors have a doctoral degree, while almost all of them have a specialization in counseling psychology and are licensed for professional practice. Some of our faculty’s topics of interest in research, certifications, and specialties are the promotion of well-being, emotional regulation, self-care, body image, social determinants of health, gender, masculinity, obesity, bariatric surgery, couple and family relationships, depersonalization, positive psychology, mindfulness, sexual abuse, trauma, and contextual therapies.

Join our student community!

  1. Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale of the degrees conferred.
  2. Albizu University (AU) reserves the right to admit candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and will take the following exceptional admission criteria into consideration: a minimum 2.5 GPA, as long as the cumulative general average is at least 3.0 in the specialization or concentration courses. A minimum 3.0 GPA for a master's degree can also be considered. Admitted applicants will have a semester to meet satisfactory academic progress applicable to their academic level in order to remain as active students in the program for the rest of the course of study.
  3. Access the following link for more information.
  4. Present the official transcripts of all the institutions you have attended. Please send them to:
ALBIZU UNIVERSITY
MAYAGÜEZ UNIVERSITY CENTER
ADMISSIONS OFFICE
PO BOX 3476
MAYAGÜEZ, PR 00681-3476
  1. Results of the Graduate Studies Admission Examination (EXADEP) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the scores from exams taken within the last five years will be accepted.
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from teacher, employer, or community leader (in accordance with the AU format).
  3. Negative criminal record certificate, which can be requested online at https://servicios.pr.gov/cap.
  4. Original health certificate.
  5. Proof of hepatitis-B vaccination.
  6. Certificate of Vaccination of the Department of Health (PVAC-3, green form) with original signature of the issuing physician. Applies only to applicants who are 21 years of age or younger at the time of admission. Act No. 25 of 1983 (on immunization) requires that all students 21 years of age or younger, who wish to enter any educational institution in the country, provide an original copy of their PVAC-3 to show that they comply with the minimum immunization requirements. For more information, visit: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Dept-de-Salud/Pages/Unidades-Operacionales/Secretaria-Auxiliar-de-Salud-Familiar-y-Servicios-Integrados/Division-de-Inmunizacion-Vacunacion.aspx
  7. International students must present the evaluation of their academic credentials certified by a duly authorized agency.

Note: Albizu University reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

PREPARATORY COURSES FOR PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Applicants who did not pursue a major in psychology must approve 15 credits (pass 5 courses of 3 credits each) in psychology to qualify for an admissions assessment for the selected program. These courses are as follows: experimental psychology (laboratory course), statistics, abnormal psychology, personality theories, and physiological psychology (laboratory course).

Albizu University grants students a maximum of one (1) year to pass the preparatory courses indicated in the admissions letter. Current institutional policy states that students will not be able to take these courses to improve their grade point average.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The approval of the preparatory courses does not guarantee that the applicants will have an admissions interview or that they will be admitted to a graduate program.

Albizu University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

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