FAQ

What can I do with a Master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in Counseling Psychology?

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for a Mental Health Counseling license in the State of Florida.
  • Graduates may be employed in college and community college settings as faculty members involved in teaching, research and community service.
  • Graduates may be employed in research settings within the government and/or private sector as research consultants or project directors, and in scientific management capacities.
  • Graduates may be employed in applied settings as practitioners and planners, and in other service implementation and evaluation capacities.

Can I take graduate level classes at FIU without being admitted into the program?

No, you must be fully admitted in order to take courses in the program.

I have a Master’s degree from another University. Will you accept my degree? What courses transfer?

It depends. Up to six credits can be transferred in but your faculty advisor must approve them as part of your specific program of studies after you have been admitted.

My bachelor's degree is not in Psychology. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes, you may apply for admission into the program provided you have satisfactorily completed specific courses.

Are there any courses I must take before applying? What are they?

The program requires that you to complete (1) one psychology laboratory or research methodology course and (2) an introductory statistics course or demonstrate competence in statistics. Consult with a program faculty member for additional information about meeting this requirement.

What can I do with a Mental Health Counselor license in terms of clinical practice?

According to Florida State Law, the "practice of mental health counseling" is defined as the use of scientific and applied behavioral science theories, methods, and techniques for the purpose of describing, preventing, and treating undesired behavior and enhancing mental health and human development and is based on the person-in-situation perspectives derived from research and theory in personality, family, group, and organizational dynamics and development, career planning, cultural diversity, human growth and development, human sexuality, normal and abnormal behavior, psychopathology, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation. The practice of mental health counseling includes methods of a psychological nature used to evaluate, assess, diagnose, and treat emotional and mental dysfunctions or disorders (whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral), behavioral disorders, interpersonal relationships, sexual dysfunction, alcoholism, and substance abuse. The practice of mental health counseling includes, but is not limited to, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and sex therapy. The practice of mental health counseling also includes counseling, behavior modification, consultation, client-centered advocacy, crisis intervention, and the provision of needed information and education to clients, when using methods of a psychological nature to evaluate, assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent emotional and mental disorders and dysfunctions (whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral), behavioral disorders, sexual dysfunction, alcoholism, or substance abuse. The practice of mental health counseling may also include clinical research into more effective psychotherapeutic modalities for the treatment and prevention of such conditions.

Can you send me more program information in the mail?

We do not have any printed information, however, all of the program information can be found on this website. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call 305-348-7076 or Email.

The program is not open to international students in need of a student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa. If you require a student or exchange visitor visa, please do not apply.