Masters in Counseling Psychology » Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a required entrance examination?
    No. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required. Our studies have shown — and they have been confirmed by other national studies — that there is no relationship between the standardized exams and a student’s success in the program. The MSCP program relies on a variety of materials, including academic/professional recommendations and the department interview, to determine admission.

  • What is the deadline for application?
    The MSCP program has four times per year: July, October, January, and April, with rolling application and entry. All paperwork must be received at least one month prior to the term of interest in order to be scheduled for the formal interview. Interviews must be held no later than two weeks prior to the term of interest. Acceptance is determined after the interview and an evaluation of the file.

  • When do classes meet?
    Each class meets from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. once per week, with an occasional weekend class held during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Please note that the program is not a weekend program. It is an evening program.

  • What is considered full time?
    Two classes per term.

  • How long does it take to complete the degree?
    Depending on the emphasis and the start date, most courses of study are completed in 2 1/2 to 3 years.

  • Where are classes held?
    All classes are held on the main campus in Kaimuki, which is central to most of Hawaii and where free parking is always available. There may be a class or two offered each term at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei.

  • What do I need to do to apply?
    To apply to the MSCP program, submit an application and fee, official transcripts indicating date undergraduate degree conferred, and three academic/professional Applicant Recommendation forms. A formal interview will be scheduled when all required paperwork has been received. An audio/video interview can be arranged for out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there a thesis requirement?
    No. The MSCP program has a comprehensive examination taken in the spring when students are in the internship series of courses.

  • Do you have a Ph.D. program?
    No, but many of our students go on to doctorate programs both in Hawaii and on the mainland.

  • Can I do a double emphasis?
    Students complete their degree in one emphasis. Students may then re-apply to return and re-specialize in a second area of interest. If accepted, students must take any current required core courses not previously taken, courses specific to the re-specialization emphasis, a 600 hour internship in the area of re-specialization, and a 50 question emphasis-specific multiple choice comprehensive exam.