Counseling Psychology Master of Science (MS)

Master the Science of Counseling Psychology at Marywood

Marywood University's M.S. in Counseling Psychology offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for a successful career as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. This program blends the best practices from both counseling and psychology disciplines, providing students with a holistic approach to mental health services.

In our program, you will gain expertise in culturally informed and sensitive practices to improve well-being and address the diverse needs of individuals across the lifespan. Emphasizing a strength-based approach, we focus on the healthy aspects and strengths of our clients, while considering crucial environmental factors such as cultural, sociopolitical, gender, and socioeconomic influences. Our training ensures you develop a broad understanding of both the scientific foundations and practical applications necessary for professional counseling.

Key components of the program include:

  • Individual, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy
  • Crisis intervention, disaster, and trauma management
  • Assessment techniques for diagnosing psychological disorders
  • Test construction and validation
  • Research methodologies

Top Employers

  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Offices of Physicians

Top Career Paths

  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Grief Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Family Counselor

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Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the Counseling Psychology program: 

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a “B” average during the undergraduate degree.
  3. Demonstrated potential for graduate work.
  4. Completed application.
  5. An essay demonstrating professional and personal qualities that will help the applicant lead to success as a professional counselor.
  6. Official Transcripts
  7. Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member and/or professional reference who are familiar with the applicant’s skills and potential for graduate study in counseling psychology.

The Psychological Department is located in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.

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Psychological Services Center

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The Psychological Services Center (PSC), located in Room 1009 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, is a clinic and training facility. It serves the community as an outpatient mental health clinic that provides services to individuals across the life spectrum from young children to older adults. The entry of the PSC is privately located on the north side of the McGowan Center on Marywood's campus. The PSC is composed of several individual, couple, family, and group therapy rooms, as well as a reception area and waiting room.

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McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

1201 University Avenue
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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

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For further information about the LPC and State Board requirements, visit the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors website (see links below). When seeking licensure in other states, students are advised to contact the credentialing boards or agencies in those states, as other requirements may exist.

Professional Counselor Licensure Requirements

Pennsylvania Code Educational Requirements

Chapter 49 — Licensure of Professional Counselors


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