B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

The BA/MS Program in Counseling Psychology provides the opportunity for exceptionally qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Unlike other combined programs which require students to complete undergraduate work before starting graduate work, this program allows study at undergraduate and graduate levels in a parallel format, creating a rewarding and challenging program to focused, qualified students.
 
Students who pursue the Combined Program in Psychology begin work on the M.S. degree while completing the requirements for the B.A. degree. Students take undergraduate courses and graduate courses in a parallel fashion after completing 90 undergraduate credits. In order to earn the 90 undergraduate credits needed before beginning graduate courses, students will most likely need to take summer courses and/or an overload of credits during the academic year. This is a rigorous program and is open only to highly qualified students who meet these admission requirements:

  • Entering freshmen or transfer students should set up an appointment with the Coordinator of the combined program, Lynn Brandsma, no later than the end of their second semester of enrollment at the College to discuss their interest in pursuing the BA/MS program.
  • Students who appear to be qualified to pursue application to the program will be advised of appropriate course scheduling and admission requirements by the Coordinator of the Combined Program. Students who do not appear to be on track to meet the admission requirements will be so advised.
  • Students will be formally admitted to the program after all of the following have occurred:
    • Completion of a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits (30 of which must be completed at the College) with a Career GPA of 3.20 or above;
    • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits in psychology, including PSYC-101, 206, and 217;
    • A minimum GPA of 3.50 in Psychology classes with no PSYC-Psychology course grade lower than B-; and
    • Formal admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
     

To obtain more information about admission to the combined BA/MS Program in Counseling Psychology, please contact the Coordinator: Lynn Brandsma, Room 3, St. Joseph Hall. Telephone: 215/248.7049. Email: brandsmal@chc.edu.

 

Sample Bachelor of Art/Master of Science: Psychology Major/selected minor/MS in Counseling Psychology Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

Year One Fall 

15/16* 

Year Two Fall 

15/16* 

Year Three Fall 

15/16* 

Year Four Fall 

15 

ENGL-101
PSYC-101
RLST-104
Language 103
WOK or elective
FYIN-100*

PSYC Content Area
PSYC Content Area
GLST-201
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
FYIN-101*
ETHS-201
PSYC Elective
PSYC-216
WOK or elective
Minor #1 or elective
PHED #2
PSYC-320
Minor #1 or elective
Minor #1 or elective
PSYC Elective
WOK or elective
       

Year One Spring 

15/16* 

Year Two Spring 

16 

Year Three Spring 

16 

Year Four Spring 

13 

PSYC Content Area
RLST-2XX
ILAR-101
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
PSYC Content Area
PSYC Elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective (4 cr)
PSPK-101 (1 cr)
PSYC Elective
PSYC-313
Minor #1 or elective
Minor #1 or elective
WOK or elective
PSYC-498
Minor #1 or elective
Minor #1 or elective
WOK or elective
Elective (1 cr)

 

*Non-academic credit – these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.
Minimum Academic Credits required for BA: 120
Minimum Academic Credits required for the MS: 48