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Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

The Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) is a 60-credit degree program that offers students an opportunity to learn and enhance their counseling skills. This program allows students to take a range of courses that increases their counseling knowledge and skills and enables them to become leaders within the counseling profession. The program subscribes to an integrative and multicultural orientation to address the needs of underserved populations. As a result, students gain a robust academic and professional experience that empowers them to be prepared to take the National Counseling Examination and ultimately obtain their license (L.P.C).

MSC students have an opportunity to develop connections with regional and national leaders in the field of counseling and secure professional linkages with area agencies and constituents. The curriculum of the Master of Science in Counseling program will be set around accreditation standards by NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors). Together with a post-degree requirement (e.g., 3000 hours internship), and successful completion of a licensure exam, graduates will be able to provide direct clinical, counseling, and consultative services in a wide range of medical, research, mental health and independent practice settings.

Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to enhance the academic and clinical development of students in the field of counseling and empower them to educate, respect, and improve the quality of important personal relationships in clients’ lives through training and research.

Program Objectives

Students exiting the Master of Science in Counseling Program will be able to

  1. Compare and contrast relevant theories as it relates to counseling.
  2. Ethically utilize appropriate counseling techniques with various population.
  3. Apply relevant theories to communicate (written, oral, kinesthetic) effectively for positive therapeutic outcomes.
  4. Utilize qualitative and quantitative forms of data collection and inquiry.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must have a BA, BS, or BHS degree from an accredited university.
  2. Students will have earned at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average and a 3.00 in psychology or psychology related major (e.g. human services, social work, etc.).
  3. Students will submit an application, personal essay, three letters of recommendation from someone familiar with academic or professional achievement, résumé, and all official transcripts.
  4. Only 6 credit hours from accredited counseling or counseling related programs will be accepted as electives towards the MSC degree.

Program Structure and Student Needs

Weekday evening academic Classes: 

Classes are held from 4:00 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. During the fall and spring semesters, students will take four courses.  During the summer, students will take two classes each summer session.  The rigor of the program is geared to enhance students’ knowledge and breadth of experience in the field of counseling.

1st year practicum experience: 

As a requirement for the program, students will have an opportunity to engage in a 5-hour per week practicum experience at Lincoln University and work in the Counseling Center, Women’s Center, Men’s Center, and Health Center. Students may also have the opportunity to gain valuable supervised counseling experience at an approved practicum site within Philadelphia.

2nd year practicum/internship: 

As a requirement for the program, students are expected to complete a 700 hour internship experience (100 direct contact hours with individuals, families, couples; 600 hours of counseling related activities). Students will submit a comprehensive portfolio at the conclusion of their last semester that documents their experience.

Student needs: 

As a component of the practicum experience, students will need to have a recording device (e.g., phone, ipad/tablet, laptop, computer, etc.) in order to record clinical sessions. Recording time on devices should AT LEAST have the capacity to video and audio record a one-hour session. Recordings will be processed in classroom supervision and/or with your clinical supervisor. 

Students should solicit the support of their employer to allow them flexibility to complete the required academic/training hours. 

Finally, by the second year of matriculation, students will need to obtain professional liability insurance. Many of the professional counseling organizations offer significant discounts for student insurance.

Degree Requirements

  1. Successful completion of courses with no less than a 3.0 GPA or less than a "C" in any class.
  2. Passing score on a comprehensive examination (similar to the National Counseling Exam Test offered by the National Board of Certified Counselors).
  3. Completion of a portfolio that includes examples of graded papers, projects, essays, description of professional pursuits related to being a researcher, consultant, or counselor, and narrative about academic and professional experience in the MSC program. Students must complete a portfolio and then present orally to MSC faculty for review.

Course Requirements (All courses are 3 credits)

Fall I MSC 610 Professional Orientation and Foundation in Counseling
MSC 611 Human Development Theories and Applications
MSC 612 Interviewing Techniques of Counseling
MSC 613 Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
Spring I MSC 620 Statistics
MSC 621 Ethics in Counseling
MSC 622 Counseling, Appraisal, and Application
MSC 623 Multicultural and Community Counseling
Summer I MSC 630 Applied Research Methods
MSC 631 Career and Lifestyle Development Counseling
Summer II MSC 632 Group Processes
(3 credits)

(Choose ONE of the following electives)
  MSC 633 Addictions
  MSC 634 Death, Dying and Loss
Fall II MSC 640 Internship I (Practicum Experience)
MSC 641 Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling
MSC 642 Sexuality Counseling and Consultation Counseling
Elective (3 credits)
(Choose ONE of the following electives)
  MSC 643 Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma

MSC 644 Counseling the Elderly
Internship II
MSC 651 Special Topics/Research in Counseling
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
(Choose TWO of the following electives)
  MSC 652 Understanding Gender in Counseling
  MSC 653 Happiness, Mindfulness, and Mental Health
  MSC 654 Counseling Adolescents

The Master of Science in Counseling Program requires 60 hours of academic credit, a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better, takes two years (four 15-week semesters and a mandatory 12-week summer semester) to complete, and leads to a Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) degeree.

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