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 educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania. See PA Licensure board for more details.

View the MA in Clinical Counseling Handbook for Students

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.

How long does it take to complete the MA in Clinical Counseling program?

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.

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. See the expected trends.

What are the recent program admission and graduation statistics?
      2019-2020 2018-2019
    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%
    What are the recent program licensure rate statistics?
        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%
      Totals 100% 99%