M.A. Program Students

Is there a typical Counseling program student? Not really. Although statistically, our 2021-2022 student population looks like this:

Gender Identity:
77% identify as female
19% identify as male
4% identify as nonbinary, genderfluid or genderqueer

34% BIPOC students
14% Asian American or Pacific Islander
9% Latinx
6% Black
4% Middle Eastern or North African
66% white

20-29: 35%
30-39: 42%
40-49: 14%
50-59: 7%
Average age: 35

9% of students are first-generation college students
32% are bilingual or multilingual
31% received a scholarship from the Wright Institute (Average award: $2,300)

The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program draws students from dozens of different professional backgrounds, adding rich and varied perspectives to the program. Many of our students are pursuing a new career path, coming from industries such as engineering, food catering, and the performing arts. Some students have experience in the psychology field, and some are newcomers. Regardless of educational or professional background, our program builds a strong foundation for a career in mental health.

The Counseling Program’s student body also reflects the many aspects of diversity that are the foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area community. With a strong emphasis on cultivating cultural humility and responsiveness in our future clinicians, our program is continually striving to improve with regards to how best to serve the surrounding community.