The Master of Science programs in counseling are offered at the Philadelphia PCOM campus only. Courses are offered on evenings and weekends, and the programs take two years to complete for full-time students. These programs may also be completed on a part-time basis.
The mission of the Master of Science programs in counseling is to prepare highly skilled, self-aware, compassionate counselors who provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and collaborative treatment using a whole person approach. Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral tradition, these programs train practitioner-scholars to offer assessment, therapeutic interventions, consultation, program evaluation, and follow-up services using a collaborative integrative approach. Incorporating knowledge of the biopsychosocial model, the programs provide a foundation for ethical practice and advocacy that facilitates the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The programs also train students to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings as health service professionals and to engage in self-care and self-reflection.
The 60-credit Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling prepares master’s level graduates with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to pursue credentialing as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in many states and/or to pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education, counseling, psychology, or a related field. The program allows for concentrations in integrative health counseling and addictions and correctional counseling. The integrative health counseling concentration prepares students to work in behavioral medicine and in collaborative relationships with primary care physicians. The addictions and correctional counseling concentration prepares students for the Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC) credential.
The 48-credit Master of Science program in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology emphasizes a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment and provides specialized training in health psychology, behavioral medicine, and collaboration with primary care physicians. It is designed for individuals who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field. This program features specialized practicum and internship experiences to prepare students to work in their desired setting. Graduates with this degree would not qualify for licensure as a licensed professional counselor.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) program provides graduate-level counseling courses to individuals seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their training. The CAGS specialization tracks include Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Professional Counseling. Applicants for the CAGS program must have completed a master’s degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline. Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate. Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends. The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Track is designed to train mental health professionals in the application, theory and advanced practice of cognitive behavior therapy. Three 2-credit cognitive behavior therapy seminars taught by various CBT experts from the School of Professional & Applied Psychology form the basis of this certificate program. In addition, students complete two 3-credit courses taught with a cognitive behavior therapy focus. The Professional Counseling Track is an individualized program designed to provide mental health professionals with the courses necessary to take the licensing exam that leads to a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. These courses may be used in conjunction with an earned master’s degree from an accredited college to complete the 60 course credits required to take the National Counseling Exam (NCE) and become a LPC.