M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Degree and Certificate Options

Masters of Science Degree in Community and Trauma Counseling

Traditional Day Program and Executive Hybrid Program Offerings

The M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling is offered in two full-time program options. The traditional day program model (weekdays), offers students the option of completing their M.S. degree in 2 years during traditional daytime hours.
The executive format allows students to maintain full- or part-time employment while earning their degree in either 2 or 3 years. In the executive program, students engage in class meetings two weekends per month throughout the year, and participate regularly in asynchronous online interactions with instructors and peers.

Graduates of both the traditional day program and the executive program will be eligible for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and most other states, as well as the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Combined B.S./M.S. Programs

The combined BS/MS programs at Philadelphia University are designed for students who know early on that they want to become professional counselors. These programs allow students to seamlessly complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time than would be required to complete both separately. Students selecting this option can choose between the Health Sciences or Psychology majors as undergraduates.

For qualified students, graduate coursework begins senior year (or equivalent) after all undergraduate college studies, major coursework, and prerequisites are completed.

Students are awarded a bachelor’s degree in either Health Sciences or Psychology in December of their fourth year, and upon completion of graduate CTC program requirements, the master’s degree in Community and Trauma Counseling.

For more information about the combined degree’s undergraduate program options, visit the B.S. in Health Sciences or B.S. in Psychology page.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling

For professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in counseling or a related mental health discipline, Philadelphia University invites you to gain advanced trauma competencies and knowledge with our 3-course Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling, resulting in 90 contact hours (provided through NBCC and PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors).
Courses will meet two Saturdays per month for a total of eight 4-hour sessions.

Certificate seeking students are required to take Neurobiology of Trauma and Advanced Clinical Intervention in Trauma Treatment; and select a third course from: Childhood Trauma and Effects, Disaster and Trauma or Crisis Prevention and Intervention Strategies.

For certificate application information, visit the Admission Requirements page.


Philadelphia University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3034.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Philadelphia University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.