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 Trauma, 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. 

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.

Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC) Visit Days

Interested in learning more about Carlow’s MSPC program? 

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

Spring 2018 Monday Visit Dates:
Please plan to arrive at the Welcome Center on the 3rd Floor of Antonian Hall.

Monday, January 22
Monday, January 29
Monday, February 5
Monday, February 12
Monday, February 19
Monday, February 26
Monday, March 12
Monday, March 19
Monday, March 26
Monday, April 9 

Spring 2018 Wednesday Visit Dates:
Please plan to arrive at the Welcome Center on the 3rd Floor of Antonian Hall.

Wednesday, January 24
Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 7
Wednesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 21
Wednesday, February 28
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 28
Wednesday, April 4
Wednesday, April 11

Click here to register!

For more information, please email Kathy Chrisman at

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!

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


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.


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

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 715 Advanced Child Assessment and Diagnosis (3 credits)

This source explores the symptoms, explanations. DSM-V diagnostic criteria, and treatments for the most common psychological disorders which first appear in childhood. The etiologies of the disorders are examined from relevant perspectives and the interrelationships among these perspectives are explored. Special attention will be given to evidence-based bio-psycho-social treatments.


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 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.