Degree Options & Requirements

Degree Option
Credits Required
M.A., Counseling Psychology in Professional Counseling
48 or 60 credits*
M.A., Counseling Psychology with Addictions Counseling Concentration
48 or 60 credits* 
M.A., Counseling Psychology with Forensics Psychology Concentration 63 credits
M.A., Counseling Psychology with Trauma Studies Concentration 60 credits
M.A., Counseling Psychology with PA State Dept. of Ed. Specialist 1 Certification (Dual PK-12 School Counseling)
56 credits
Certificate in Addictions Counseling (Post-Masters Only) 36 credits 
Certificate in Forensics Psychology (Online Only) 15 credits
 PA State Dept. of Ed. Specialist 1 Certification (Dual School Counseling PK-12) (Post-Masters Only) 20 credits
*48 Credits earns a Master's Degree. 60 Credits earns a Master's Degree and satisfies Licensure education requirements  

Degree Requirements

M.A., Counseling Psychology - 48 Credits

M.A., Counseling Psychology in Professional Counseling- 48 Credits

This option satisfies the course and credit requirements to earn a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. An additional 12 credits of coursework is needed to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Required Courses 48 credits
PSY-5999 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 3 credits
PSY-6002 Group Process and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6010 Counseling Techniques 3 credits
PSY-6030 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
PSY-6021 Psychopathology I
3 credits
PSY-6040 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice
3credits
PSY-6082 Development Across the Lifespan 3 credits

2 to 3 Semesters of Supervised Internship 12 credits, including Seminar Classes
Five of the Following:
PSY-6025 Individual Assessment
3 credits
PSY-6008  Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Strategy 3 credits 
PSY-6022 Psychopathology II
3 credits
PSY-6050 Family Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6070 Career and Lifestyle Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6055 Substance Use and Addiction
3credits
PSY-6060 Multicultural Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6089 Trauma Studies
3 credits
PSY-6090
Special Topic Seminar
3 credits

Addictions Counseling Concentration - 48 Credits

M.A., Counseling Psychology with Addiction Counseling Concentration - 48 credits

This course of study satisfies course and credit requirements to earn a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and the educational requirements for the PCB for a Certified Addiction Counselor Diplomat. An additional 12 credits of coursework is needed to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a Professional Licensed Counselor.

Required Courses 48 credits
PSY 5999 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 3 credits
PSY 6002 Group Process and Strategies 3 credits
PSY 6021 Psychopathology I 3 credits
PSY 6030 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
PSY 6040 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice 3 credits
PSY 6082 Development Across the Lifespan 3 credits
PSY 6010 Counseling Techniques 3 credits
PSY 6008 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Strategies 3 credits
PSY 6055 Substance Use and Addiction 3 credits
PSY 6056 Addictions Counseling Strategies and Intervention 3 credits
PSY 6057 Addictions and the Family 3 credits
PSY 6089 Trauma Studies 3 credits

2 to 3 Semesters of Supervised Internship                                             12 credits
(including Seminar Classes)                                         

Forensics Concentration - 63 Credits

M.A., Counseling Psychology with Forensics Concentration - 63 credits

This course of study satisfies the course and credit requirement to earn a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in forensics. An additional 12 credits of coursework is needed to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a professional licensed counselor.

Required Courses 48 credits
PSY-5999 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 3 credits
PSY-6002 Group Process and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6008 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6030 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
PSY-6021 Psychopathology I 3 credits
PSY-6040 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice 3 credits
PSY-6082 Development Across the Lifespan 3 credits
PSY-6089 Trauma Studies
3 credits
PSY-6300 Contemporary Issues in Forensic Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6330 Victimology 3 credits
PSY-6345 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
3 credits
PSY-6350 Offender Treatment
3 credits

2 to 3 Semesters of Supervised Internship* 12 credits, including Seminar Classes

Elementary/Secondary School Counseling Concentration - 54 credits

M.A., Counseling Psychology with Elementary or Secondary Education School Counseling Certification - 54 Credits

This course of study satisfies state requirements for education and field experience, preparing students to seek Pennsylvania State Department of Education Specialist I Certification. A second practicum is required for dual certification in both elementary and secondary school counseling.

Required Courses 54 credits
PSY-5999 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 3 credits
PSY-6002 Group Process and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6008 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6030 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
PSY-6025 Individual Assessment 3 credits
PSY-6021 Psychopathology I 3 credits
PSY-6040 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice 3 credits
PSY-6082 Development Across the Lifespan 3 credits
PSY-6070
Career and Lifestyle Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6055
Substance Use and Addiction
3 credits
PSY-6060 Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
PSY-6050
Family Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6065
School Counseling (K-12)
3 credits
PSY-6093
Counseling the Exceptional Learner
3 credits
PSY-6220
Counseling English Speakers of Another Language
3 credits
PSY-6108
Pre-Practicum
3 credits

2 Semesters of Supervised Internship* 6 credits, including Seminar Classes

Professional Counseling Psychology Concentration - 60 Credits

M.A., Counseling Psychology with Professional Counseling Certification - 60 Credits

This course of study satisfies state requirements for education and field experience, preparing students to take a licensure exam and seek licensure as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The state mandates additional post-master’s licensure requirements and may modify these at its own discretion.

To be eligible for certification, students must successfully complete the Praxis II Assessments (School Guidance and Counseling)

Required Courses 60 credits
PSY-5999 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 3 credits
PSY-6002 Group Process and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6008 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Strategies 3 credits
PSY-6030 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
PSY-6025 Individual Assessment 3 credits
PSY-6021 Psychopathology I 3 credits
PSY-6022
Psychopathology II
3 credits
PSY-6040 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice 3 credits
PSY-6082 Development Across the Lifespan 3 credits
PSY-6010
Counseling Techniques
3 credits
PSY-6050
Family Counseling
3 credits
PSY-6070 Career and Lifestyle Counseling 3 credits
PSY-6055 Substance Use and Addiction 3 credits
PSY-6060 Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
PSY-6089
Trauma Studies
3 credits
PSY-6090
Special Topic Seminar
3 credits

2 to 3 Semesters of Supervised Internship* 6 credits, including Seminar Classes