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

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The accelerated degree B.A./B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling connects a DBU undergraduate program with a related DBU graduate program in Counseling, allowing the student to attain both a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in 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.

I. General Studies Courses: 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 freshman 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 semester 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 semester hours depending on semester hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) 3 3
  POLS 2301 American National Government required for all students.
TOTAL General Studies 45-61 48-55
II. Psychology Major 33 33
Required Courses (21 hours):    
PSYC 1301General Psychology
3 3
PSYC 2301Statistics for the Social Sciences
3 3
PSYC 2304Marriage and Family
3 3
PSYC 3303Psychology Internship (S-L)
3 3
PSYC 4305Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
3 3
PSYC 4311Integration of Psychology and Christianity
3 3
PSYC 4319Research Methods



Shared Courses B.A./B.S. Psychology/M.A. in Counseling

(12 hours):

COUN 5382Counseling Theories and Techniques
3 3
COUN 5383Group Counseling Methods 3 3
COUN 5385Lifespan Human Development 3 3
COUN 5389Multicultural Perspectives 3 3
III. Electives
  Sufficient to complete 120-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours.
IV. M.A. in Counseling Coursework 37 37
COUN 5380 Introduction to Professional Counseling
3 3
COUN 5386 Psychological Testing
3 3
COUN 5387 Research Methods
3 3
COUN 5391 Pre-Practicum in Counseling
3 3
COUN 6380 Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
3 3
COUN 6381 Addictive and Compulsive Disorders
3 3
COUN 6382 Psychopathology
3 3
COUN 6383 Marriage and Family Counseling
3 3
COUN 6384 Contemporary Approaches to Christian Counseling
3 3
COUN 6385 Advanced Counseling Methods and Crisis Intervention
3 3
COUN 6392 Counseling Practicum I* (S-L)
3 3
COUN 6393 Counseling Practicum II* (S-L)
3 3
COUN 6100 Comprehensive Counseling Review
1 1
   *Refer to Practicum section for specific details.
TOTAL B.A./B.S. Psychology/M.A. Counseling
157 157

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

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 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 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 Counseling/M.Ed. in School Counseling programs.  No student will be allowed to register for practicum until all sessions are complete.

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