[Update: I've collected new info relevant to my original question in a followup post.] Hi. I'm almost 50 and employed full time in an unrelated profession in the SF Bay Area. I have always had a strong desire to study psychology and would like to get a master's in counseling psychology aiming for fall 2012. It won't be for the money as I realize, the pay will be significantly less than what I make now. Worst case, I'll have the education and try to get a new job in my current field. Does this sound realistic at my age? I am trying to compare programs in my area but have not found much data. I have been to several open houses at professional schools that are centered around MFTs but am still confused. The programs at public universities I know about are: San Fransicso State and Cal State East Bay. Professional schools are: alliant.edu, ciis.edu, jfku.edu, wi.edu. How do I figure out which are the quality programs to apply to? For example, are some more experiential than others? I'd appreciate any feedback. BTW, I think I understand the differences between the various master's level fields so will likely apply for an LPCC or MFT program. I'm also happy to share what I've already found out so far so feel free to ask. Thanks!