Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology

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The MS programs in counseling and psychology include two degree options:

  • Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology (48 credits)
  • Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)

Grounded in the cognitive behavioral tradition, the programs train highly skilled, compassionate counselors and psychotherapists to provide empirically-based, active-focused and collaborative treatment.

The programs offered at the Philadelphia PCOM campus only. Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends, and the program takes two years to complete. The program may also be completed on a part-time basis.

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology, counseling, education, social work or nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a B average or better. Bachelor's degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In order to ensure that program courses are taught at the highest possible level, applicants without a major or minor in psychology must have completed, prior to admission, at a bachelor's level or above, the following courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research/Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology

 

Application Process

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participates in PsyCAS, the centralized application service for graduate study in psychology.

Beginning in September, prospective graduate and doctoral students in psychology may submit their application through a secure Web server, PsyCAS. Be advised that your full PsyCAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified to be considered for admission to PCOM.  Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

PSYCAS

P.O. Box 9138

Watertown, MA 02471

 Letters of Recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on PsyCAS or directly to PCOM Admissions in .pdf format to recommend@pcom.edu

 Instructions on how to use PsyCAS can be found here.

Once your application has been downloaded from PsyCAS, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process.  Note that there is no institutional application fee to PCOM.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Three letters of recommendation (if not already submitted through PsyCAS)
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining you interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less) sent via email to admissions@pcom.edu.  
  • Official scores from Miller Analogies Test or GRE General Test (PCOM institution code is 2662)  
    • This requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • Candidates with a Master's degree are not required to submit MAT or GRE scores.
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until a class size of approximately 35 students is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview and writing sample, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or the following enrollment.

As an applicant to PCOM's Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling or Counseling & Clinical Health Psychology programs, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.

In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the College's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.

For more information on the PCOM articulation agreement with Penn State-Abington, click here.

Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at admissions@pcom.edu.