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 educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania. See PA Licensure board for more details.
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.
Students can complete the degree in two years (accelerated track), 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.
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. See the expected trends.
|Number of completed applications received||94||62|
|Of those applications, number of students admitted||68||45|
|Of those admitted, number enrolled||50||31|
|Total number of students enrolled in the program||138||108|
|Number of students who graduated||40||23|
|Of those who graduated, number who were full-time students and graduated within the expected (3 yr) time frame||26||20|
|Percent of students who enrolled in the program and graduated within 5 years (5 year graduation rate)||76%||82%|
|Percentage of courses taught by adjunct or part-time instructors||53%||44%|
|Students graduating between 2016-2018||Students graduating between 2015-2017|
|Percent of students who graduated who became fully licensed and/or credentialed (as mental health counselors, professional counselors, substance abuse counselors, behavior analysts, or other similar title)||38%||44%|
|Percentage who report still pursuing licensure or pursuing additional graduate degrees||59%||33%|
|Percentage who report not pursuing licensure currently (due to parenting or otherwise not needing it currently in their employment)||3%||22%|