The Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC) program is designed for those seeking careers in mental health-related fields with children, adults, and families across a wide-array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and community mental health agencies. You may choose an Adult-Generalist, a Child and Family, a School Counseling, or an Addictions Counseling track of study.

At the completion of the 60-credit program, you will be eligible to obtain your licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania after additional supervised experience in the field. A 48-credit program is also available for those not pursuing licensure.

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MS Professional Counseling Course Information

Course Requirements: 48 credits or 60 credits for those seeking licensure
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.



The Adult/Generalist track is for those students interested in exercising the greatest amount of influence over their course of study. This track allows students to enroll in the largest number of electives, a total of six, and permits them to gain knowledge and skills in a wide array of client populations and specialization areas.

The Generalist track can also be good preparation for students who want to work with adult clients across a variety of settings or for those students who are uncertain about their preferred specialization.

PRC 718 Advanced Counseling Skills (3 credits)

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.




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 736: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Counseling (3 credits)

Students are introduced to the field of traumatic stress studies. They will consider the responses of a variety of traumatic experiences including childhood trauma, adult sexual assault, combat, domestic violence, homicide, witnessed violence, etc. Students will explore the psychology of the victim’s response to trauma, as will societal, cultural, and historical influences on our understanding of the impact of trauma.



The School Counseling track is for those interested in working with children and adolescents in the school environment as school counselors. This track does not have much flexibility in terms of electives, but it allows you to become both a licensed professional counselor and a certified school counselor. This track prepares you to work in the multidisciplinary educational setting through a variety of specific courses that enhance skills in curriculum design and school leadership.

PRC 745: Leadership for School Counselors (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare school counselors to lead teams in the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs. Principles of leadership, system change, and advocacy are introduced. 


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 track 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).

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

Students learn how to provide competent, ethical counseling to substance abusers and their families. Students will focus on developing case conceptualization skills and how to make informed decisions regarding the theories they may choose to use. Students will become knowledgeable and skilled in the utilization of the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s Code of Ethical Conduct and learn how to address any ethical and legal issues related to professional conduct when working with substance abusers. 


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.