Department of Counseling Psychology Graduate Division Holy Names University

Department of Counseling Psychology Graduate Division Holy Names University

Oakland, CA
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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Holy Names University

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Holy Names University prepares individuals for careers in counseling and psychotherapy with a focus on community mental health. It teaches them to deliver services that incorporate on-going self-reflection and evidenced-based practices. It also trains them to practice with cultural competence, flexibility, and empathy. Additional program benefits include the following:

- A curriculum that emphasizes human diversity
- A supervised field placement experience
- Courses offered in the late afternoons and evenings as well as on Saturdays
- Preparation to obtain certification from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs)
- Career guidance and job placement support from the department administrator
- Faculty members who bring clinical experience to their classrooms
- Professional development workshops that enhance classroom learning and clinical training
- An opportunity to earn the only Traumatology and Treatment Certificate offered at a school on the West Coast

Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology

The MA in Counseling Psychology has 63 units of courses and a supervised field placement experience. Its curriculum prepares students for registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as interns so they can accumulate the 3,000 clinical hours necessary to earn licensure. It currently consists of 24 courses including the following:

- "Clinical Neuroscience"
- "Counseling Theories"
- "Foundations of Counseling: Models and Skills"
- "Foundations of Psychological Research"
- "Human Development Across the Lifespan"
- "Psychological Assessment"
- "Psychopathology"
- "Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar"
- "The Law & Professional Ethics"
- "Trauma, Loss, and Grief"

Classes include experiential practice through case presentations, classroom simulations, and written exercises. They also make it possible for students to develop a perspective about their cultural and professional identities and strengthen their curiosity, empathy, and awareness of social justice.

Dual Master of Arts Degrees in Counseling and Forensic Psychology

The 84-unit MA in Counseling Psychology and MA in Forensic Psychology dual program leads to two degrees. It provides a strong foundation in forensic psychology with an emphasis on forensic assessment and restorative justice. It also leads to licensure as marriage and family therapists or licensed professional clinical counselors. Courses are offered concurrently, and students are encouraged to complete field placements in forensic settings.

Faculty Members

Students in the MA in Counseling Psychology program gain real-world understanding of the field from professors who are also experienced clinicians.

For example, Perri Franskoviak, PhD is a trained psychologist who has worked in community settings for more than 25 years. She develops and provides low-threshold services to people who experience homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. She also has a small private practice in which she works with clients who suffer with anxiety, co-occurring disorders, depression, gender and sexuality concerns, PTSD, and relationship issues.

Employment Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is expected to grow 19% from 2014 through 2024. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Graduates who earn MA in Counseling Psychology degrees from Holy Names University pursue positions related to these fields including those listed below.

- Assistant to a forensic psychologist
- Behavioral health court advocate or case manager
- Clinical case manager
- Child or adult protective services worker
- Child welfare worker
- Inpatient mental health worker
- Probation, parole, or correctional officers
- Psychotherapists and counselors
- Restorative justice advocates

Alumni have reported that they have the satisfaction of engaging in meaningful work that pays a living wage and allows them to continue growing professionally and personally.

Financial Aid

Graduate school costs at Holy Names University include tuition, a campus fee, and a library access fee.

Students may qualify for Unsubsidized Stafford Loans with a maximum annual limit of $20,500.

Admissions Process

The admissions process for Holy Names University's MA in Counseling Psychology program involves completing an interview with the program director and submitting the following information:

- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- A three to five page document that discusses topics concerning counseling psychology and future career goals
- Two letters of recommendation

Holy Names University

Holy Names University was founded in 1868 in the Catholic spiritual and intellectual traditions. It's an inclusive, a progressive, and a rigorous community that provides liberal arts and professional education. It offers nearly 1,200 students, who represent 36 nations, more than 20 undergraduate and eight master's programs.

The university provides students with individualized educational experiences that include connecting with esteemed faculty members both in and outside the classroom. Furthermore, its commitment to social justice enables students to help make the world a better place through service and research.

According to "U.S. News & World Report's" best colleges ranking, Holy Names University is 52nd among universities in the western region of the United States.

Ideal Location

Holy Names is located on 60 wood acres in the hills of Oakland, California. Its location provides spectacular panoramic views of Oakland and San Francisco.

The many parks that surround its campus provide outdoor recreation like bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. Public transportation gives students easy access to museums, performing arts venues, and sporting events. Day-long and weekend trips can be made to beautiful attractions like Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay, and Yosemite National Park.

Location & Contact

Department of Counseling Psychology

Graduate Division
Holy Names University

3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
United States

Dr. Perri Franskoviak

Program Director

Phone: 510-436-1465

Phone: 510-436-1351
Fax: 510-436-1325

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Counseling Psychology Master of Arts (MA) [Counseling Psychology ]
    • Forensic Psychology Master of Arts (MA) [Forensic Psychology]
    • Counseling And Forensic Counseling Master of Arts (MA) [Forensic Psychology]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 33
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Comprehensive paper, seminars
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


82% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 28
    • Accepted 23
    • Acceptance Rate 82
    • Enrolled 18
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st July 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum undergraduate GPA of 2.6 overall, 3.0 in major
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students74
    • Female Percentage93%
    • Male Percentage7%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students74
    • Part-time Percentage50%
    • Full-time Percentage50%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American50%
    • White / Caucasian20%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander3%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown or International Student5%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCognitive psychology, anger management, grief and grief counseling, post-modernism and psychotherapy, spirituality and psychology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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