MA in Clinical Counseling Program FAQs

Q. Can you tell me more about the program?

The MA in Clinical Counseling program prepares students for licensure as professional counselors. The Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Pennsylvania requires 60 credits, including specific content areas and field placement requirements. The core curriculum for all 3 program tracks (MA in Counseling, MA in Counseling with concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, and MA in Counseling with concentration in Trauma Studies) all meet the educationl requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania. See PA Licensure board for more details.

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Q. How many courses do I need to take in the program?

The MA in Clinical Counseling program is 60 credits, 3/4s of which are core courses, regardless of program track. Students in the Applied Behavior Analysis track take 7 courses specific to their concentration. Those in the Trauma Studies track take 5 courses specific to their concentration. Those in the General program track have flexible choice of 5 electives.

Q. How long does it take to complete the Ma in Clinical Counseling program?

Students can complete the degree in three years (full-time) or four years (part-time). Full and part-time tracks include summer sessions. To complete the program, a 100 hour practicum (3 credit course) and a 600 hour internship (two 3 credit courses, one completed in the Fall and the second in the Spring of one's final year) are required.

Q. What advantages do I have when I complete the MA in Clinical Counseling program?

Professional Counselors are trained to provide services as Mental Health counselors, Drug and alcohol counselors, Mobile therapists, Outreach counselors, Outpatient therapists, Program coordinators and supervisors, Residential and case management supervisors, Psychiatric rehabilitation specialists, college and university counselors. Growth rates for many of these occupations are "much faster than average" expected in the next decade. Click here to see expected trends.

Q: What are the admissions statistics for the program last year?

Statistics for 2016-2017
Number of students applied 76
Number of students admitted 61
Number of students accepted offer of admission 45
Total number of students enrolled in the program 111
Number of students who graduated 27


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