MA in Clinical Counseling

Eastern's distinctive Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling trains students to comprehend human personality organization and experience; implement strategies for positive change in individuals, families, churches and communities; and become academically prepared to seek credentialing as licensed professional counselors. Take classes 100% online or in the evenings at our beautiful campus, conveniently located in the Philadelphia suburb of St. Davids.

Program Details

MA in Counseling - Brittany O'Reilly
“At both my practicum and internship sites I had significantly more preparation for the clinical setting than peers from other schools. Eastern's counseling program prepared me very well, and I was able to obtain full-time employment before graduation day.”

Brittany O’Reilly, MA in Clinical Counseling ‘17

2 Year Accelerated Track

Strong GPA?  Able to devote full-time to graduate school? Finish your Master's in Clinical Counseling in 2 years with our accelerated track option! Start this May. Learn More.

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The MA in Clinical Counseling is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August 2014 through August 2025.

Advantages of MPCAC accreditation:

  • Inclusion on a professional level: MPCAC values the unique history of the counseling field which intersects with both counseling psychology and psychology. Along with most experienced clinicians serving clients, MPCAC recognizes the benefit to the public in continuing to overlap these disciplines in counselor training. Students with backgrounds in psychology are welcome to apply and build upon their existing knowledge in preparation for becoming professional counselors.
  • Inclusion on a personal level: MPCAC is deeply committed to promoting culturally responsive services that promote the public good. Their strong emphasis on diversity and social justice aligns with Eastern’s foundational commitments to justice, reconciliation, and transformation.
  • MPCAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) as an accrediting body for masters programs that “educate students in the science-based practice of counseling and psychological services.”  (Read the letter of recognition). This means MPCAC has equal standing with other counseling program accrediting bodies. 

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State Authorizations

Please check the State Authorizations page to determine if Eastern University’s program fulfills your state credentialing requirements. Students who seek similar credentialing in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to contact the appropriate credentialing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance about credentialing in your state of residence. Additional state or local requirements may exist for field placements or practica in this state. Out-of-state student placements/practica cannot be guaranteed by the program or the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Students are responsible for following all state and local requirements and regulations for their field placement/practica coursework.