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 School Counseling, 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.

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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 working with adult clients across a variety of settings and for those students who are uncertain as to which area of mental health they would like to devote their training.

This track allows you the ultimate flexibility in designing your personal curriculum. This track allows you to enroll in a greater number of electives and permits you to gain knowledge and skills in a wide array of client populations and specialization areas.

PRC 720: Psychology of Deviance (3 credits)

Students will learn about the concepts of deviance in human society, specifically that which is found in Western cultural norms, are explored through both sociological and psychological lenses. This also includes studying the effects of parenting and attachment on dysfunctional development, and the identification of psychopathic traits. Serial killers, cults, white-collar crime, and the historical interface between the criminal justice system and mental health is also explored.


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 725: Interventions with Children (3 credits)

This course explores specific problems presented by children. Additional emphasis will be placed on educating parents regarding their child’s emotional and behavioral needs to ensure that the parents become “part of the solution,” rather than “part of the problem.” 


The School Counseling track is for those interested in working with children and adolescents in the school environment as school counselors. This track does not have much flexibility in terms of electives, but it allows you to become both a licensed professional counselor and a certified school counselor. This track prepares you to work in the multidisciplinary educational setting through a variety of specific courses that enhance skills in curriculum design and school leadership.

PRC 745: Leadership for School Counselors (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare school counselors to lead teams in the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs. Principles of leadership, system change, and advocacy are introduced. 


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.