Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology


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 on evenings and 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 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

The admissions process begins with submission of the following:

  • Application Fee of $75
  • Application, including autobiographical statement
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three letters of recommendation with recommendation form
  • Official Miller Analogies Test 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 in Mental Health Counseling program, 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 PreCheck. 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.

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