Counseling, MA Core Curriculum


We always have our students’ best interests in mind. That’s why we have created a class schedule that complements your busy life as a working professional.

All classes are held at the Saint Mary’s College of California campus in Moraga, in the evenings and on Saturdays. Students can take classes part-time or full-time—whatever works best for you.

What’s more, all incoming students are assigned an academic advisor to help guide you through the challenging, rewarding program.


Required core courses:

  • COUN 600: Introduction to Counseling Research (1 unit)
  • COUN 601: Counseling Skills I (3 units)
  • COUN 602: Counseling Skills II (3 units)
  • COUN 603: Personal and Professional Development of Counselors (3 units)
  • COUN 604: Theories of Counseling (3 units)
  • COUN 605: Issues in Intercultural Counseling and Social Justice (3 units)
  • COUN 610: Career Counseling (3 units)
  • COUN 611: Law, Ethics, and Values (3 units)
  • COUN 612: Human Sexuality (1 unit)
  • COUN 613: Alcohol & Substance Abuse (2 units)
  • COUN 620: Psychological Testing and Assessment (3 units)
  • COUN 621: Human Development and Family Relationships (3 units)
  • COUN 622: Group Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • EDUC 772: Research Seminar I (3 units)
  • COUN 799: Counseling Master’s Project, Thesis, or Exam (3 units)

Total core units: 40

You will complete additional coursework depending on your specialization. Please visit our specialization pages to learn more.