Earn credits toward your master's degree while completing your undergraduate degree in psychology! The Fast Track Program prepares academically qualified Carlow psychology majors to take a “fast track” approach toward their professional future that includes graduate education and advanced practice roles. If you qualify for this program, you will earn up to twelve master’s psychology credits by the completion of your BA degree at Carlow University.
Three undergraduate psychology courses serve as prerequisites for specific Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MPC) courses under the Fast Track MPC curriculum. They are PY 203 Personality Theory, PY 122 Lifespan Development, and PY 285 Introduction to Counseling
Fast Track Requirements
Up to 12 graduate credits may be taken in the Master of Science in Professional Counseling program, from the following list.
- PRC 701: Human Growth and Lifespan Development
- PRC 705: Helping Relationship
- PRC 710: Counseling Theories
- PRC 702: Social & Cultural Foundations
- PRC 711: Diagnosis in Counseling (prior name: Abnormal Psychology)
- PRC 738: Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling*
*Must take PRC 711 and pass with a “B” in order to take PRC 738, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling
In order to begin fast track Master of Science in Professional Counseling courses you must:
- Be an undergraduate junior or senior.
- Meet Carlow residency requirements (completed 9 credits of psychology at Carlow and 15 Carlow credits overall).
- Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of greater or equal to 3.0 while at Carlow University.
- Achieve a minimum grade of B in the fast track MPC courses to continue in the fast-track program.
- If you obtain a passing grade of a B- or less you will not be able to complete the fast-track program and would need to re-apply for admission if entry to the MPC program is later desired.
- Apply to the MPC program, following the guidelines on the Carlow website. Applications materials include letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a member of the undergraduate psychology full-time faculty), resume, transcripts, and a personal essay. Students should clearly indicate that they are applying to the Fast Track MPC program.
Additional qualities that are not required but will elevate the likelihood of acceptance to the Fast Track program include:
- Work experience in psychology, social work via employment, internships, or practica.
- Research experience.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong performance in undergraduate psychology coursework (3.3 or better).
- Strong letters of recommendation.
- Membership in Psi Chi.