Frequently Asked Questions

I am interesting in attending the next informational meeting. Could you let me know when it is and where?

Dates and locations for our information meetings can be found on the CCSP information meetings page.

Our meetings are conducted in a Q&A format and will have at least one faculty member and one current student present to help answer any questions you may have about the program. If you choose to attend, please RSVP by emailing Terri Bisson at [Tbisson@education.ucsb.edu].

How long does it take to complete your program?

Ph.D. program = an average of 6 years (1 year is in a culminating internship setting)

M.Ed./PPS program = 3 years (2 in residence and 1 in a school-based internship)

Is it possible to study a field not offered by any of your current faculty?

Faculty admit students who have similar research interests to their own. When applying to our program it’s important that you review our faculty research and academic interests and note on your application which faculty you’d like to work with and the area (counseling, clinical, or school) that best fits with your professional goals.

Applicants applying to our program are admitted by the faculty according to their research interests (i.e., faculty with counseling as their specialty will bring in a student with counseling as their emphasis).

Can I transfer to your program?

If a student is admitted, there is no guarantee that classes taken at another institution will waive the required courses at UCSB. However, every effort is made to make this transition as smooth as possible. New students submit the syllabus and course papers to the advisor and instructor of each course that they would like to use as part of their degree program at UCSB. It will be determined at that time, if the course content is the same as the CCSP course and that you (the student) know the material. Students who are admitted to the doctoral program may be given credit for certain equivalent graduate courses completed at another institution. The instructor of the course and the student’s advisor upon petition will make this decision. If accepted to the program, students should discuss any course program substitutions with their advisor and be certain that any required documentation is filed with our Student Affairs Office.

Can I meet with a faculty member?

Although they would like to meet with each prospective applicant, the amount of inquiries far exceeds the time they have available to do so. Our program staff can answer any questions you may have at ccspapp@education.ucsb.edu.

I want to be a high school guidance counselor, will your program prepare me for this?

No, our M.Ed. program does not prepare you for a career as a high school guidance counselor. You may want to check with California State universities as many of them have excellent programs. The book Peterson’s Guide to Graduate Schools is also a good reference. See the California Association of School Counselors website http://www.schoolcounselor-ca.org/ for more information.

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation