M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Program 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 BS/MS 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 of these degrees separately.  Students selecting this option can choose between the Health Sciences or Psychology majors as undergraduates.  For qualified students, graduate Community and Trauma Counseling coursework begins in the student’s senior year (or equivalent) after all undergraduate college studies and major coursework has been successfully completed.

During the first three years of undergraduate coursework, students complete major requirements for the bachelor degree, including PhilaU’s college studies courses and Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program prerequisites. Students who meet the graduate CTC Program progression criteria can matriculate into the master’s program by enrolling in first year CTC graduate coursework during their fourth year of undergraduate studies. In December of the fourth year, students are awarded the bachelor degree in either Health Sciences or Psychology, and upon completion of graduate CTC program requirements, the master’s degree in Community and Trauma Counseling.

 

B.S. in Health Sciences Option

The B.S. in Health Sciences track includes multiple courses designed for students who are interested in becoming a health professional.  The curriculum includes courses in the natural sciences combined with human sciences, psychology, and unique practical and clinical experiences. Additionally, each student completes extensive volunteer and shadowing experiences with health practitioners as part of the major’s coursework. All Community and Trauma Counseling Program prerequisites are completed within the undergraduate degree requirements. 

The BS/MS Health Sciences and Community and Trauma Counseling combined degree program prepare students for a rich and rewarding clinical counseling career as a trauma professional.  Students will be uniquely primed for clinical practice within hospitals and other health care settings, will have increased competencies and knowledge to serve a variety of populations including medically fragile clients and those with comorbid medical needs, and will have the training and skill set to fluidly collaborate with a wide range of health professionals to best serve their clients.  Advanced clinical trauma competency, coupled with a profound health science background will power graduates to be versatile and effective clinicians in the global community.

B.S. in Psychology Option

The B.S. in Psychology offers extensive coursework and learning activities that focus on understanding human behavior, central to the success of health professionals. Students are thoroughly immersed into the Psychology discipline as this track includes eight core Psychology courses (including all three of the CTC Program prerequisite course requirements) and eight Psychology electives.  During their undergraduate study students participate in an advanced research project in a topic of their choosing. All CTC Program prerequisites are completed within the undergraduate degree requirements.

The BS/MS Psychology and Community and Trauma Counseling combined degree program prepares students for a rich and rewarding clinical counseling career.  Philadelphia University’s undergraduate psychology program provides both a strong foundation for psychology theory, research and concepts while also developing sound clinical competencies in students.  Students in this track will be well prepared for graduate studies in Community and Trauma Counseling.  Their graduate coursework and field placements will compliment and enhance their undergraduate training.  This combined degree will prepare students well for rich and rewarding careers as trauma-informed professional counselors.  Advanced clinical trauma competency, coupled with a profound psychology background will power graduates to be versatile and effective clinicians in the global community.