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Clinical and Counseling Psychology (M.S.)

The mission of Chestnut Hill College's Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology program is to develop interpersonally skilled, culturally informed, empathic, and knowledgeable clinicians prepared to meet the needs of individuals within a broad spectrum of contexts: relational, familial, and cultural and societal. The program’s goal is to graduate ethical, self-aware practitioners with a high level of professional competence, personal integrity, and social conscience.

Students complete a total of 60 graduate credits, typically earning the M.S. degree in between two to three years. The majority of courses meet once/week for three hours in the evening each semester; some courses are offered in an optional five-day accelerated format. During the field placement year, students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of general and specialized treatment centers in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas, including hospital, outpatient, and residential settings. The field placement year often leads to employment possibilities, and our CHC program alumni are a source of connection, support, and opportunity for current students.

The M.S. degree in clinical and counseling psychology meets the requirements for students seeking master’s licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). The M.S. degree also provides the training and preparation for students who wish to pursue doctoral study in the field.

Other Academic Options
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The department also offers Post-Master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation, and Post-Master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in each of the six concentration areas. Applicants for these certificate programs must have already earned a master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline.

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The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology prepares graduates to become professional psychologists with skills in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, supervision, and consultation. The Psy.D. program follows a practitioner-scholar model of training.