Develop skills to help people: Master’s in mental health counseling

The CACREP-accredited master’s in mental health counseling program will train you to work with children, adults and families in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and mental health agencies. You will tailor your degree by choosing a clinical concentration such as child and adolescent, trauma-informed or forensic counseling.

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Credits required:

60 credits

Cost per credit:

$929/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 30 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Mental health counseling degree curriculum 

The child and adolescent concentration for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree includes three courses that address specific interventions, assessment and play therapy. If you choose to concentrate on those who have suffered chronic and/or acute trauma in their lives, you’ll receive training in crisis management, trauma assessment and interventions. You can choose the forensic concentration if you want to work in legal or correctional settings, studying the interaction of mental health with the justice system, the roles of practitioners in the legal system and the unique concerns of this population. 

Quick facts

  • Choose your own counseling concentration
  • Meet educational requirements for Pennsylvania licensure in professional counseling
  • Complete a graduate assistantship if desired
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Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for mental health counseling degree

You can work in schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, community mental health agencies and private practice. Employment of mental health and substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Criminology at Carlow University: Addictions Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling through 2029.

The Masters of Professional Counseling (MPC) Program emphasizes high standards of professional competence. The MPC Program is committed to its stated mission through ongoing accreditations by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Counseling Program also emphasizes ethical practice and keeps current with state and national standards for certification and licensure for practice in clinical practice environments. The MPC Program engages in ongoing program development and refinement based on accrediting bodies’ and licensure boards’ developments and recommendations, as well as sensitivity to licensure requirements, and legal and ethical issues. 

Additional program information:

Admission requirements and application process

The graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis. You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from academic source & one from employer/volunteer supervisor) that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Once your application is received, the program director will schedule an interview with you.

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Committed to diversity and inclusion

Neal Holmes ’18 said his time at Carlow was a great academic experience that transformed his work and how he sees the world as a human being. “I felt welcomed by the staff and students, and I could feel that there was a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion work in the graduate counseling program. I appreciate the university’s commitment to social justice which is so parallel to my work in the counseling field today.”

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If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Child Development

You can learn about the social, biological, emotional and cognitive factors that affect children’s development with Carlow’s Child Development minor, open to non-Psychology majors.

Child Development minor curriculum

The Child Development minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits is required; at least 9 credits must be 200 level or higher, and 12 must be taken at Carlow.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Development 
  • 6 credits in human development

A program focused on social justice: PsyD in Counseling Psychology

You’ll learn to promote psychological good health in individuals, couples, families and larger social systems with Carlow’s doctor of psychology program. Through the lens of social justice, you’ll learn about the relationship between psychological distress and broader institutionalized social realities, and how to intervene accordingly. 

The program is dedicated to training practitioners who are sensitive to the needs of under-served populations and who possess knowledge and skills relevant to human diversity.

BestCounselingDegrees.net identifies Carlow as having one of the top 50 doctoral programs in counseling psychology in a ranking based on APA accreditation, EPPP pass rate, amount of time to complete the program, tuition and licensure percentages.

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Credits required: 

93 credits

Cost per credit:

$1,091/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 48 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Doctor of psychology curriculum 

The PsyD in Counseling Psychology requires roughly four years of full-time academic study beyond the master’s degree. Three years are dedicated to coursework including advanced practicums and progress in the preliminary stages of the practice-oriented dissertation. The final year is reserved for defense of the dissertation and completion of a yearlong, full-time internship.

You’ll take standard counseling courses like psychometrics, personality assessment and counseling theory, plus classes on social justice and feminism, skills for a culturally sensitive practice, and an overview of the latest ethical and legal issues in the field. Practicums and internships are completed in the Pittsburgh region.

Practicum placements are available at nationally recognized medical hospitals, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies and rural practices in the Pittsburgh region. 

Quick facts

  • Enroll in a top-50 doctoral program
  • Learn through emphasis on social justice values
  • Take advantage of practicum relationships with agencies in the Pittsburgh region
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Career opportunities for doctor of psychology

Counseling psychologists work in private practice, community agencies and college counseling centers and in research positions. Others work as part of a team, collaborating with physicians and social workers, or in school settings working with students, teachers, parents and other educators. 

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

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Accreditation

Carlow University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) has had its accreditation reaffirmed by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation. The next site visit to be made by the commission will be in 2028.

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Level up your skill

PsyD student Shaun Mewes ’24 came to Carlow to take his understanding and skill as a practitioner to the next level. “No matter my initial skill in a given area, my professors continue to challenge me and give me the tools to be the best practitioner I am able to be. Because of the faculty in Carlow’s PsyD program, I’ve been able to clarify my goals as both a professional and a scholar. I have full confidence Carlow is equipping me to be successful in every step on my way to becoming a licensed psychologist.”

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Admission requirements and application process 

The graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis. You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Two essays: one personal and one reflective
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals (i.e., academics and practitioners) who can address the applicant’s suitability for doctoral study. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit letters from those that have doctoral degrees. Still, it is expected that some letters from practitioners may be best addressed by those with Master’s degrees in a clinical field that have supervised the applicant.
Apply by:

January 7

Start term:

Fall

An undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. 

The program director will schedule an interview with qualified applicants.

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Graduate as a competitive candidate

Counseling Psychologist Anna Mokry ’21 is grateful for Carlow’s doctoral program because she graduated with personally curated experiences and training. “I was able to gain clinical experience from three completely different sites. This prepared me to be a competitive candidate when applying for internship and post-doctoral positions. It was really important to me to not feel boxed into predetermined clinical spaces, where I did not have a say over where and what I learned.”

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If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Earn a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Carlow’s drug and alcohol counseling certificate is a three-course sequence for new as well as veteran clinicians who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of addictions. You’ll build the foundation for competency in drug and alcohol counseling through three online courses. You’ll earn required licensure Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or you can apply the credits to a graduate program.

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required: 

12 credits

Cost per credit: 

$929/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 3 semesters

Delivery:

100% online

Curriculum for drug and alcohol counseling certificate

The three certificate courses are Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling Theories and Interventions, and Co-occurring Disorders: Counseling Clients with Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders.

Quick facts

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Apply earned credits toward a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Gain required CEUs for licensure
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Career opportunities for Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Employment of substance abuse and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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If you are interested in this graduate certificate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps.

Learn to understand the relationship between brain and behavior

The neuropsychology program will give you new insights into how the brain thinks, reasons, formulates and processes.

You will prepare to work in neuropsychology and clinical psychology, where neuropsychological assessments are an important part of clinical work. With the behavioral neuroscience degree, you will gain knowledge of the biological and physiological mechanisms that drive the nervous system and better understand the relationship between the brain and behavior.

The Behavioral Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary program that builds on the strengths of Carlow University’s biology, psychology and chemistry programs.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Neuroscience degree curriculum

Carlow’s neuroscience program allows undergraduates to take courses in neuropsychology as well as to learn under scholar-practitioners. The curriculum includes a genetics course in which students investigate the maintenance, inheritance, transfer and expression of genetic information at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels. The cognitive psychology course explores its basic concepts and contemporary topics, such as will perception, attention, pattern recognition, consciousness, memory, the representation of knowledge, language, cognitive development, thinking and artificial intelligence.

Quick facts

  • Gain hands-on learning experiences
  • Leverage Carlow’s relationships with nearby research centers 
  • Be prepared for graduate work in psychology and neuropsychology
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Alternate degree completion option

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Career opportunities for neuropsychology

Graduates often find jobs assisting in mental health settings, such as psychiatric technicians. They also prepare for training that can ultimately lead to a career in clinical psychology.

Jobs in this profession are expected to grow about 3% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in neuroscience

You can expand your physical science major with a minor in neuroscience. You will study how the functions and mechanisms of the nervous system affect behavior in animals and humans in conjunction with your major studies in biology, chemistry or psychology.

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor curriculum

This minor is designed for students not majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and is open to any major. A minimum of 21 credits is required;10 must be taken at Carlow University.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Foundations of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology

Find your psychology and counseling degree at Carlow

Carlow University’s counseling and psychology-related programs will equip you with the tools and principles of communication needed to understand and predict the human experience. You’ll learn about the cognitive, biological and developmental aspects of psychology in coursework that include crisis and trauma, development, abnormal psychology and forensic psychology. Internship and research experiences in the Pittsburgh region add to the depth and breadth of the program. 

Understand human behavior, attitudes and motivations

You will learn about human behavior and experience from a scientific perspective Carlow’s Psychology major. You will explore research methodology and critical analysis in a variety of fields of psychology, including clinical counseling and developmental, cognitive, social and experimental psychology. 

By the end of the Psychology degree program, you will be ready to enter training in social service and mental health programs in areas such as therapeutic activities, rehabilitation, casework, child care work and service coordination.

The bachelor’s in Psychology is a foundation for graduate study in psychology and counseling but can be a path to other careers. You can go on to law school or graduate school or work in business, education or other fields. 

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Bachelor’s in Psychology curriculum

The bachelor’s in Psychology program offers three concentrations, counseling, crisis and trauma, and child development, in the fields of cognitive, biological and developmental psychology. Elective courses can be taken in crisis and trauma, human development, abnormal psychology and forensic psychology. You will have the opportunity to participate in an internship at a local facility or conduct field research.

Quick facts

  • Participate in research lab studying working memory
  • Participate in social psychology project using random acts of kindness 
  • Collaborate with faculty on research

Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for bachelor’s in Psychology 

Jobs you might consider with a bachelor’s in psychology are career counselor, psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialist or case manager. As noted on CareerProfiles.com, these jobs require skills a bachelor’s in psychology provides, such as the ability to evaluate the needs of a client, keep accurate and organized records, express empathy and compassion, and work toward the best interests of clients.

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

Admission requirements and application process 

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Psychology faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Psychology

You can expand your perspective with a psychology minor: A better understanding of human behavior and experience can be helpful in any career. This minor, open to any major, allows you to sample from a variety of psychology courses in a general concentration.

Psychology minor curriculum

The minor required 18 credits, nine of which must be at the 200 level or higher.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Choose three: Lifespan Development, Biological Bases of Behavior, Cognitive Psychology, Elementary Statistics and Lab, Qualitative Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology
  • Choose one: Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Counseling

Study Counseling at Carlow

You can gain pre-professional level knowledge and skills for the helping professions such as social work, nursing, education, sociology and human resource with Carlow’s minor in Counseling, open to non-Psychology majors.

Curriculum for Counseling minor

The Counseling minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits is required, at least 9 of which must be taken at Carlow.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • 6 credits in counseling psychology courses
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