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Frequently Asked Questions
MS in Mental Health Counseling

For additional information, review the School of Professional and Applied Psychology FAQs, or visit the Admissions FAQ section.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Usually two years if attending full time, three years if attending part time.

What time of day are classes generally held?

Most classes are scheduled from 5:15-8:45 p.m., and meet once a week in the fall, winter and spring terms. A few courses meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer courses meet from 5:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. two times per week for six or seven weeks.

What is the success rate of the programs’ graduates on professional licensure examinations?

Over the past five years, our graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).

What do students say they like about the programs?

Here are a few comments from our students:

  • “I appreciated the support and mentoring shown by my professors.”
  • “My practicum experience made me marketable to reputable and clinically relevant mental health agencies.”
  • “My training at PCOM (specifically through STEPPS, the Standardized Training and Evaluation of Psychologists and Psychotherapists program) helped me to achieve my dream job in the field of child trauma years earlier than I ever thought possible.”
  • “The professors were amazing! Dr. Jackson, Dr. Dolan and Stephanie Schneider deserve an extra shout out for their time and effort.”

How do I complete the Pennsylvania licensure requirements after I complete the M.S. degree?

In addition to the 60 credit-hour M.S. degree, you also must pass a licensure examination and complete at least two years of 3,000 hours of supervised work experience (i.e., a paid position). For more information on licensure requirements for professional counseling in all 50 states, visit the American Counseling Association - American Counseling Association.

Do I have to take the MAT or GRE?

Neither MAT or GRE scores are required for admission.