Overview of the Master's Program

  • The M.S. in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April, 2018 through April, 2028.
  • The Counseling Psychology Master’s Program involves the pursuit of the Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. 

  • The program is a 60-hour, 2-year graduate program (cpy_ms_example_course_schedule.pdf).

  • The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become licensed professional counselors and to pursue doctoral education in psychology, if desired. Our program is modeled after the licensure requirements in the State of Mississippi. We do not guarantee that we meet the licensure requirements of other states.  You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state’s licensure requirements.

  • We believe that the research training our students receive is one of the things that set our program apart from other master's programs in Counseling Psychology.


MS August 2015 Graduates










Prospective students, please see this welcome letter from Dr. Yowell.


Counseling Psychology MS Program 2015-2017 Cohort



 Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at the University of Southern Mississippi is to provide the knowledge, dispositions, and skills necessary for students to become competent professional counselors and/or seek further graduate study by providing training in the foundations required of proficient consumers of psychological science.  As such, we train students to utilize the science of psychology to inform sound diagnostic and evidence-based interventions consistent with the philosophical underpinnings of Counseling Psychology in serving their clients, community, and the profession.

We are committed to:
  • Comprehensive training that prepares students for practice as licensed professional counselors

  • Training scientist-practitioners who will use science to inform practice and practice to inform science

  • Lifelong learning and professional growth

  • Collaborative partnerships among students, faculty, academic and private institutions to inform research and practice

  • Preparing counselors for advanced doctoral study in psychology

  • Provide cutting edge instruction on the science of applied professional psychology

    Fall 2018 incoming CPY MS cohort