MS Mental Health Counseling

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. Students can also meet the 60-credit requirement by choosing from a variety of electives such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) or Trauma 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. 

 
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN 501 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 505 Counseling Skills 3
COUN 510 Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
 Hours9
Term 2
COUN 506 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
COUN 508 Lifespan Development 3
COUN 552 Program Evaluation Research Methods and Statistics 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 503 Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
COUN 507 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 509 Tests and Measurements 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN 504 Group Therapy 3
COUN 561 Practicum Seminar Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the fall term of year two will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the fall, winter, and spring terms. These students will not take COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term, and will instead complete an elective to fulfill the remaining required 3 credits. 2
COUN 590 Objective Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours5
Term 2
COUN 520 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 3
COUN 562 Internship Seminar I 2
COUN 581 Professional Development I 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 571 Career & Lifestyle Development 3
COUN 563 Internship Seminar II 2
COUN 582 Professional Development II 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
COUN 591 Case Conceptualization Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours9
Term 4
COUN 585 Clinical Field Experience Elective Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the fall term of year two will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the fall, winter, and spring terms. These students will not take COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term, and will instead complete an elective to fulfill the remaining required 3 credits. 3
COUN 583 Professional Development III 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
COUN 593 STEPPS VI Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours7
Third Year
Term 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours60

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MS)

An applicant must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, education or nursing from a regionally accredited college or university with a B average or better prior to matriculation. Bachelor’s degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In order to ensure that program courses are taught at the highest possible level, applicants who have not completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology must have completed, prior to admission, the following courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics/Research
  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Completed PCOM Application
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining you interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less) 
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email, Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.