Help others with a graduate degree in counseling

Earn a Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC) to work in a mental health-related field, helping children, adults, and families across a wide array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and community mental health agencies. You can choose to specialize in your coursework by taking concentrations in children and families, drug and alcohol, or forensics, allowing you to find your mission and pursue the area you are most passionate about.
Here at Carlow, we understand your passion for helping others. That’s why we’ve made it easier for you to achieve your goals. With no GRE or GMAT required, you are one step closer to a rewarding and fulfilling career in counseling. 

Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC) Visit Days
Interested in learning more about Carlow’s MSPC program? These visit days are the perfect opportunity!


MSPC Program Highlights  

  • 60 credits
  • Choose from four concentrations for more in-depth study
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Coursework meets the educational requirements for licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in Pennsylvania*
  • Opportunities to complete a dual degree with the MA in Student Affairs or a MicroMaster's in professional counseling
*The state requires additional post-master's experience in the field and a licensure test for the LPC.

MS in Counseling Concentrations

While everyone in the MS program completes the same core counseling courses, you have the opportunity to either choose three electives or specialize by completing a three-course concentration.

  • Child & Family Concentration: The child and family concentration is for those interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families in settings outside of the school environment. It includes a three-course sequence that addresses specific interventions, applied behavioral analysis, and play therapy. This track allows you to specialize in child-based interventions and gain advanced knowledge in such topics as spectrum disorders, child abuse, and the impact of the family on child functioning.

  • Trauma-Informed Concentration: This track is for those interested in working with adults and children who have suffered both chronic and acute traumatic events throughout various points in the lifespan. You’ll receive training in crisis management, trauma assessment, and interventions to support this population.

  • Addictions Concentration: The addictions concentration is for those interested in working with adults and adolescents in the field of drug and alcohol addiction in both mental health and correctional settings. This concentration allows you to become both a licensed professional counselor and obtain the 180 hours of required coursework specific to addiction necessary to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). It is a three-course sequence that addresses theories, biological factors, and co-occurring disorders.

  • Forensic Concentration: The forensic concentration is for students who want to work in legal or correctional settings. This concentration helps you to understand the mental health issues relevant to working with this population. It includes a three-course concentration that examines the interaction of mental health with the justice system, the roles of practitioners in the legal system, and unique presenting concerns of this population.

MSPC Curriculum

Course Requirements: 60 credits
Degree: Master of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus and Online

In addition to standard counseling courses like counseling theory and group counseling, each program track at Carlow University offers its MS in Professional Counseling students unique learning opportunities. All students complete the same core requirements and then can elect to either (a) choose three electives, or (b) specialize by completing a three course concentration.

For those students interested in exercising the greatest amount of influence over their course of study, they can enroll in a total of three, which permits them to gain knowledge and skills in a wide array of client populations and specialization areas.

Notable Courses

PRC 708: Ethics and Professional Orientation
This course addresses the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and related organizations (i.e., APA, NASW), and ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling. Examples of common ethical issues in professional counseling are presented and discussed. Professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, as well as the impact of professional organizations on the counseling profession, are explored. Requirements for professional credentialing, such as the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) certification and licensure in Pennsylvania as a professional counselor will be discussed. The role of the professional counselor as an advocate for the profession will be explored.

PRC 711: Diagnosis in Counseling
This course provides an in-depth review of mental health disorders as described within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition. Current etiological explanations for the disorders are examined, and diagnostic considerations including structured and semi-structured interviewing techniques and mental status exams are reviewed. An in-depth exploration of bio-psycho-social treatments for these disorders is considered. This course also reviews the practices of community intervention programs and facilities for inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment, and aftercare, and the human services network in local communities

PRC 718: Advanced Counseling Skills
This class challenges students to take an in-depth and personalized approach to the exploration and refinement of counseling skills, theory, and techniques. In addition to intensive practice of counseling skills, each student formulates and demonstrates their own theory of counseling change and growth. Many students report that this class helps them connect the concepts that they have learned throughout their studies and bring it to life in their clinical work.

For a list of every course available in the Psychology program, click hereFor more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.  

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