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Master’s degree in counseling psychology receives MPCAC accreditation

Friday, September 08, 2017

LAWRENCE — The Master of Science degree in counseling psychology, offered through the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas, is now fully accredited under the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

The MPCAC accreditation process is rigorous, involving a detailed self-study by the institution, a site visit by professionals in the field, and a detailed report including both recommendations and stipulations for accreditation. MPCAC provides an added value to academic programs, state licensure boards and the public via clearly defined standards and related professional competencies. Academic programs seeking MPCAC accreditation benefit from the peer review process, feedback and consultation obtained through this accreditation process.

"Our counseling psychology program faculty are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Tamara Mikinski, program director. “MPCAC accreditation provides an elevated level of recognition for our students, faculty, staff and the entire university.”

MPCAC accreditation is determined by assessing six categories of standards:

  1. Training
  2. Program objectives, curriculum and outcomes
  3. The institution
  4. Faculty and staff
  5. Assessment of student and applicants
  6. Evaluation of the program.

The program at KU is one of 45 master’s degree programs across the United States that have been awarded MPCAC accreditation status. The mission of MPCAC is to accredit academic programs in psychology and counseling, which promote training in the scientific practice of professional psychology and counseling at the master’s level. More information on MPCAC can be found here.

“It’s noteworthy that our program has been accredited for the full 10 years,” said Steven Lee, department chair. “This is a significant acknowledgment of the value of our programs and the work we do for the field of counseling psychology at KU.”

The next accreditation visit for the program is scheduled for spring 2027. More information on the master’s degree in counseling psychology at KU can be found here.

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