Format and Length of Program
- Classes in the School of Graduate Studies are offered in a traditional semester format of 15 weeks in length. Summer sessions are offered in a 6 week format. Evening classes allow you to maintain a job while pursuing your master’s degree.
- Length of Program: School – two years full time; Addictions- two years full time; Professional – two years full time; Certification – time varies on coursework
- 15 week traditional semesters in the fall and spring.
- Start dates in September and January, 6 week summer sessions (summer I and summer II)
- Rolling Admissions
- Tuition: $615/credit hour; General fee: $35/credit hour
- 63 credits – addictions and forensic concentrations
- 54 credits - school counseling concentration
- 60 credits – professional psychology concentration
Philosophy and Program Options
The graduate psychology faculty warmly welcomes your interest in our
program. We believe that counselors-in-training require knowledge,
skills, and self-awareness in order to become successful helping
professionals. Therefore our program takes a holistic approach by
emphasizing personal growth, and by training graduate students to become
competent and ethical professionals in the practice of counseling
Our Counseling Psychology students study under practitioners with distinguished careers in the field, including the program director, Leslie Smith, J.D., Psy.D. whose own clinical practice for public agencies and private clients has made her a major figure in the field of family and forensic counseling. Whatever the client population you hope to serve as a counselor, in the schools, in addictions counseling, in an agency setting, or as a private practitioner, you will receive the education and the internship opportunities that will lead to your professional future and the confidence that you are learning from the best.
As a student, you will gain insight into human development, group and individual differences, and patterns of behavior. You will learn to evaluate and select from a repertoire of approaches to assessment and counseling, make appropriate referrals, and counsel individuals, families, and groups. The course sequence builds a solid knowledge base of research, theory, and practice prior to skill training. You will learn counseling strategies and techniques through hands-on experiential exercises in the classroom and laboratory. You will be thoroughly prepared to apply interviewing, assessment, and counseling skills in the supervised practicum.
You’ll discover we offer a number of program options:
- M.A. Counseling Psychology – 48 credits
- M.A. Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling. This prepares you to seek certification, as a Certified Addictions Diplomat in Pennsylvania by the completion of all prerequisite education require by the PCB. 48 Credits
- M.A. Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Forensics – 63 credits This prepares you to work with clients where the legal and mental health systems intersect (residential programs, juvenile delinquency, child protective service, etc.)
- M A. Counseling Psychology specialized in either Elementary or Secondary School Counseling. This enables you to obtain Pennsylvania State Department of Education Specialist Certification – 54 Credits. A second practicum (12 Credits) is required for Dual (Elementary and Secondary) certification
- M.A. Counseling Psychology specializing in Professional Counseling Psychology. This prepares you to seek Pennsylvania or New Jersey Professional Counselor Licensure – 60 Credits
- If you have already obtained your master’s degree in a closely related area, you may choose to pursue Pennsylvania State Department of Education Specialist I Certification in Elementary or Secondary Counseling as a separate credential.
- If you have already obtained your master’s degree in a closely related area, you may choose to earn a Certificate in Addictions Counseling. This prepares students to seek certification as a Certified Addictions Counselor Diplomat in Pennsylvania.
- Finally, you may choose to earn graduate credits for professional development, Act 48 credits, or to maintain and update your credentials.
We are sensitive to the needs of the adult learner. We understand that you are a busy adult with many other commitments in your life, so we keep our course scheduling as flexible as possible. We meet in the evenings throughout the calendar year. Our classes are small and our approach is personal and supportive. You will work closely with an adviser to determine course selection and sequencing.
Program graduates have been highly successful in obtaining professional employment as direct service providers and as program administrators in community mental health centers, hospitals, social service agencies, day-treatment centers, geriatric facilities, prisons, drug and alcohol facilities, and the public and private schools. Some graduates continue their studies in a doctoral program.