The Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC) program is designed for those seeking careers in mental health-related fields working with children, adults, and families across a wide-array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and community mental health agencies. Students may choose to specialize in their coursework by taking concentrations in children and families, drug and alcohol, or forensics.

At the completion of the 60-credit program, students will meet the educational requirements for licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. The state requires additional post-masters experience in the field and a licensure test for the LPC.

Our new MicroMaster's is available in our Professional Counseling program. Learn more here

Carlow University also offers a Dual Degree, combining an MSPC and an MA in Student Affairs

QUICK FACTS: begin fall, spring or summer; no GRE or GMAT required.

MS Professional Counseling Visit Days 

Interested in learning more about Carlow’s MSPC program?

Visit Carlow University and attend a Professional Counseling class, meet students and faculty, and learn all about the Master of Science in Professional Counseling program.

Summer 2018 Monday Visit Dates:
Please plan to arrive at the Welcome Center on the 3rd Floor of Antonian Hall no later than 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 21
Monday, June 4, 11, 18, 25
Monday, July 2

Click here to register! 

Note: This opportunity is available to those who are eligible to enroll within the upcoming year. There are only three slots available for each session, so register now!

For more information, please email Kathy Chrisman at

If you'd like to learn more about our MS in Professional Counseling program, let us know!


MS Professional Counseling Course Information

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. For example, students may take the elective:

PRC 718 Advanced Counseling Skills (3 credits)

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.

Child & Family Concentration

The Child & Family Concentration is for those students interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families in settings outside of the school environment. It entails 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.

PRC 725 Interventions with Children (3 credits)

This course gets students thinking about how counseling with children is uniquely different from working with adults. Specific childhood concerns are explored and how counselors can intervene, using approaches like cognitive behavioral counseling, non-directive play, and the use of games, activities, and expressive arts in addressing those problems.

Trauma-Informed Concentration

This track is for those students interested in working with adults and children who have suffered both chronic and acute traumatic events throughout various points in the lifespan. Students receive training in crisis management, trauma assessment, and interventions to support this population.

PRC 719: Advanced Crisis Management (3 credits) 

This is a theory and skill focused course that introduces crisis theory, principles, concepts, and intervention techniques. Emphasis is placed on understanding both individual and group crisis as well as applying these concepts in a variety of settings. Students leave with an awareness of the role that they play as counselors in crisis situations. Some students go on to volunteer to be a part of crisis response teams as a result of their involvement in the course.

Addictions Concentration

The Addictions track 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 students 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.

PRC 739 Substance Abuse Counseling Theories and Interventions (3 credits)

Students learn how to provide competent, ethical counseling to individuals with substance abuse concerns and their families. Students focus on developing case conceptualization skills and how to make informed decisions regarding the theories they choose to use with clients.

Forensic Concentration

The Forensic concentration is for students who want to work in legal or correctional settings. This concentration helps students to understand the mental health issues relevant to working with this population. It entails 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.    

PSY 722 Psychology of Deviance (3 credits)

This course focuses on the concepts of deviance in human society, specifically that which is found in Western cultural norms. Theories of deviance, as well as the cultural, biological, and temporal nature of these theories are explored in depth through both sociological and psychological lenses. Students leave the course with an understanding of this population and how to help provide mental health supports. 

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