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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services

An Associate in Arts Degree with an emphasis in counseling and applied psychological science will launch in the Fall 2020 semester, creating a pathway to positively impact your community. With guidance and support from a full-time faculty member, the degree at MCC will be online. The same degree will be offered in person at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

How does it work?

The degree will provide the first two years of a four-year curriculum and is designed so you can transfer directly into Arizona State University’s bachelor of science and/or master’s degree in counseling and applied psychology program.

What can I do with this degree?

The new AA degree will set you up for careers as clinical, counseling and school psychologists; counseling psychologists; educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors; substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors; marriage and family therapists; mental health counselors; rehabilitation counselors; and psychology teachers.

Will I be license ready?

No, but the new program will prepare you to enter an undergraduate degree program and eventually graduate studies in counseling or counseling psychology. Graduates may however qualify for entry-level roles as social and human service assistants or psychiatric technicians at hospitals, rehabilitation centers or work in other behavioral healthcare delivery roles, supporting counselors and mental health professionals. For more detail on undergraduate and graduate-level coursework needed for licensing, please see the American Counseling Association for specific details.

Transfer Degree

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Counseling program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science Counseling and Applied Psychological Science A transfer partner Bachelor's Degree

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Counseling program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors


Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists


Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Counseling program is available through the Counseling department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.