Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program: B.A./B.S. in Psychology/M.A. in Professional Counseling Degree Requirements

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The accelerated degree B.A./B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Professional Counseling connects a DBU undergraduate program with a related DBU graduate program in Professional Counseling, allowing the student to attain both a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in Professional Counseling. This program is designed to prepare counselors to go into the community as servant leaders through various counseling opportunities such as community counseling centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college and university counseling centers, Christian counseling centers, private psychiatric hospitals, abuse shelters, churches, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.

Undergraduate Requirements B.A. B.S.
Developing A Christian Mind 3 3
  DCM 2301
English 12 9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301 and/or 2302
Fine Arts 3 3
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language 6-14* 0
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence 0-1 0-1
  FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)
History 6 6
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology 0-2 0-2
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics 3-4 3-4
  (B.A.) MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1307 or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) 3-4 15

One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

Religion 6-9 6-9
  RELI 1301, RELI 1302 and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) 3 3
  POLS 2301
Total General Studies Hours 45-61 48-55
B.A./B.S. in Psychology
Required Courses 21 21
PSYC 1301General Psychology
PSYC 2301Statistics for the Social Sciences
PSYC 2304Marriage and Family
PSYC 3303Psychology Internship I (S-L)
PSYC 4305Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
PSYC 4311Integration of Psychology and Christianity
PSYC 4317Research Methods

Electives 26-42 32-39
  • In order to satisfy the "Undergraduate only" portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 108 Undergraduate credit hours is required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 12 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor's degrees. This equates to a total of 30 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
Total Undergraduate Hours 108
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses: 12
COUN 5312Counseling Theories and Techniques
COUN 5313Group Counseling Methods
COUN 5314Lifespan Human Development
COUN 5317Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients
Remaining Graduate Requirements:
M.A. in Professional Counseling Requirements
Required Courses 48
COUN 5310 Introduction to Professional Counseling
COUN 5311 Ethics in Professional Counseling
COUN 5315 Psychological Testing  
COUN 5316 Research Methods
COUN 5318 Pre-Practicum in Counseling
COUN 6000 Comprehensive Counseling Review
COUN 6310 Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
COUN 6311 Addictive and Compulsive Disorders
COUN 6312 Psychopathology I
COUN 6313 Psychopathology II
COUN 6314 Marriage and Family Counseling
COUN 6315 Theological Perspectives in Christian Counseling
COUN 6316 Advanced Counseling Methods and Crisis Intervention
COUN 6317 Counseling Practicum I* (S-L)
COUN 6318 Counseling Practicum II* (S-L)
COUN 6324 Christian Approach to Human Sexuality
COUN Elective
   *Refer to Practicum section for specific details.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University:

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Practicum
The practicum experience consists of two courses, COUN 6317 (S-L) and COUN 6318 (S-L), completed sequentially following the pre-practicum course, COUN 5318. The practicum is the culmination of the M.A. in Professional Counseling degree program and is intended to provide practical experience for students as they make plans to enter the counseling profession. Both practicum courses include supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved agency or institution. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of videotaped counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods, and techniques. (S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Students should attempt to enroll in the three practicum courses (which includes the pre-practicum) sequentially. In order to progress through the three courses, a grade of “B” or above must be earned. In the event of a “B-” or below, the course will have to be repeated until at least a “B” is earned. The student is responsible for any remedial work that may be suggested by the faculty in order to successfully complete the practicum course.
In order to proceed to Practicum, students must meet the following criteria:
• Student must have completed the 8 required counseling sessions.
• Student must have completed the 12 hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses.
• Student must have a current GPA of 3.0 or above
• Student must have secured a practicum site.

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling/Master of Education in School Counseling Agreement Contract:
Newly admitted students will meet with the Program Director, at which time the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling/Master of Education in School Counseling Agreement Contract will be explained and discussed. By signing this agreement contract, new students are stating their willingness to be evaluated on nine characteristics deemed necessary for the development of an ethical and competent counselor. These characteristics are implied from the expectations of professional and personal competence and responsibility and are as follows: openness, flexibility, positiveness, cooperativeness, willingness to use and accept feedback, awareness of impact on others, ability to deal with conflict, ability to accept personal responsibility, and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately. In addition, the student's signature on the contract expresses agreement to attend eight counseling sessions during the first two semesters in the M.A. in Professional Counseling/M.Ed. in School Counseling programs. No student will be allowed to register for practicum until all counseling sessions are complete.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

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