M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Degree and Certificate Options


M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Weekday and Evening/Weekend Format

The M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling is offered in a weekday and evening/weekend format. The weekday program model offers students the option of completing their M.S. degree in 2 years with classes during more traditional hours.

The evening/weekend format allows students to maintain full- or part-time employment while earning their degree in either 2 or 3 years. In the flexible program, students engage in class meetings one evening weekly and two Saturdays per month, and participate regularly in asynchronous online interactions with instructors and peers.

The program prepares graduates 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).

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M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling
Specializing in Art Therapy

Hybrid Program (on-campus classes and asynchronous online requirements)

The 69-credit specialization in art therapy gives a broad understanding of the most current theory and research related to clinical art therapy, mental health counseling, and trauma. The program prepares graduates for state licensure and national certification in professional counseling (LPC/NCC), and the art therapy credentials of registration and board certification (ATR-BC).

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B.S./M.S. Combined Program Options

Health Sciences or Psychology Options

The combined B.S./M.S. programs at Philadelphia University are designed for students who know early on that they want to become professional counselors, allowing a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate programs in less time than would be required to complete both separately.

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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 4-course Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling, resulting in 128 contact hours (provided through NBCC and PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors).

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Childhood Trauma Studies Certificate or Minor

Open to professionals and paraprofessionals who currently work with children and families across various settings and disciplines, as well as to PhilaU undergraduate and graduate students who seek to understand the complex impact of childhood trauma on development, this program offers advanced trauma knowledge, skills and competencies to promote healing and growth for children and families impacted by childhood adversity.

This program is offered in partnership with The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), and The Institute for Family Professionals (IFP), a division of Lakeside Educational Network.

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