Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling
Moravian University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling is designed to help you transform both individually and professionally. Our students benefit from state-of-the art training in a blended curriculum utilizing online, hybrid, and live classroom formats, taught by seasoned clinicians who are experts in the field. Graduates of the program will be trained to demonstrate their commitment to evidenced-based treatment, life-long learning and counseling practice that is committed to social justice.
Spring 2024 deadline: January 8, 2024
Summer 2024 deadline: May 20, 2024
Fall 2024 deadline: August 19, 2024
This program prepares students for Pennsylvania State licensure and will also grant graduates three certificates upon graduation:
- Trauma Certificate
- Cognitive Behavioral Certificate
- Tele-Health Certificate
The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at Moravian University welcomes people of all beliefs and viewpoints. Students in these programs gain the evidence-based skills and knowledge needed to ethically engage the practice of clinical and counseling with an emphasis on service delivery to diverse populations, in a wide variety of community and school settings. Overall, the program trains students to cultivate the academic skills and personal awareness necessary to be effective, multiculturally competent counselors.
The Moravian Clinical Counseling degree requires 60 total credits, which you can complete in two years of full-time study. The program is designed to meet Pennsylvania’s academic and practicum/internship requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). These requirements are outlined in PA Act 49.2.
In order to graduate, you will complete 700 hours of supervised clinical experience. Our program will help you find practicum and internship sites that best align with your interests, skills, and career goals.
This degree will prepare you for work in a variety of settings such as community mental health agencies, hospital-affiliated behavioral health settings, counseling centers, private practice, and more. Some graduates also pursue PsyD and PhD programs.
Focus on Self-Care
To counsel others, you must take care of yourself! The Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling will teach you how to design self-care strategies that will keep you strong and healthy as you work with your clients!
Customize Your Experience
Students can choose from two pathways to complete their degree. Unsure of what to choose? Speak with your Student Experience Mentor for guidance in selecting the best option for you!
Students who enter in the fall semester and wish to complete the program full-time will earn their degree in just 6 semesters over 2 years.
If students wish to complete the program part-time, they’ll take 2–3 classes per semester, leading to an average completion time of 3 to 3.5 years.
Courses in this program may be offered in a variety of formats. Courses may be offered in an online format (asynchronous), a ‘live online’ format (synchronous on Zoom), a blended/hybrid format, or in a live classroom on campus. Full-time students are required to take the courses when and in the format in which they are offered. Part-time students may decide when and how to take their coursework.
Starting in Fall 2024, students will be able to choose their preferred modality: Online, asynchronous courses with monthly in-person weekend residencies or a hybrid format (some online courses, some in-person).
Licensure & Credentialing
This 60-credit program prepares students for eligibility for Pennsylvania State Licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). It meets the nine educational requirements outlined in Chapter 49: State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors—Licensure of Professional Counselors (§ 49.2). Following graduation from the program, graduates seeking to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Pennsylvania must pass the National Counselor Exam and complete 3000 additional hours of supervised clinical experience, half of which must be under the supervision of an experienced LPC, as per Act 76 of 2018 (Senate Bill 530).
Upon graduation, clinical counseling students can work in a variety of fields and settings including: community mental health, drug and alcohol programs, residential treatment centers, campus counseling centers, hospitals, prison systems, and private practice. Clinical counseling graduates are well prepared to work with children, adolescents, adults in a variety of modalities including individual counseling and group work. Graduates are also well positioned to pursue doctorate degrees in psychology and related fields.
The program sequence listed below is for students who choose to pursue their degree full-time and begin classes in the fall.
Semester 1 – Fall 1
- MCC 500: Helping Relationships
- MCC 510: Professional Orientation: Ethics and Counseling
- MCC 530: Human Growth & Development
- MCC 550: Counseling Theory
- MCC 560: Social and Cultural Foundations
Semester 2 – Spring 1
- MCC 520: Career & Lifestyle Counseling
- MCC 570: Group Theory and Practice
- MCC 640: Sexuality Across the Lifespan
- MCC 535: Assessment for Counselors
- MCC 545: DSM & Psychopathology
Semester 3 – Summer 1
- MCC 580: Research Design & Methodology
- MCC 615: Crisis Intervention
- MCC 620: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Semester 4 – Fall 2
- MCC 600: Trauma Informed Practice
- MCC 639: Grief & Bereavement
- MCC 680: Practicum
- MCC 625: Third Wave Cognitive Behavioral Modalities
Semester 5 – Spring 2
- MCC 685: Internship Supervision I
- MCC 605: Advanced Trauma Topics
Semester 6 – Summer 2
- MCC 686: Internship Supervision II
How to Apply
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any major and have a vocational desire to enter this helping profession are encouraged to apply. With no prerequisites to complete, you will begin the path to degree completion and licensure right away.
All applicants must begin by completing Moravian’s free online application. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and the GRE is not required for entrance to this program. With your application, please complete the following:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcript(s)
Deep respect for others is fundamental to the Moravian University community. Moravian University does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, marital status, citizenship status, veteran/military status, disability status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal laws. In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, Moravian University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational program and activity, including admission/employment.
Concerns regarding all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination in admission/employment:
Dr. Darren Snyder
Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
1309 Main St. (room 204)
1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
Concerns regarding gender and equity in athletics:
Associate Athletic Director (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
109 Johnston Hall
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
Concerns regarding the application of Title IX:
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
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Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
Meet our Director
Julia Davis, Ph.D., NCC
Dr. Davis served as Chair and Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Services and the Coordinator of the Student Affairs and Higher Education Program at SUNY Plattsburgh. Formerly she served as the Director of International Education at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and the Assistant Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She earned her M.A. in Secondary/Post-Secondary School Counseling – Emphasis in College Student Personnel Administration and her Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Davis pursues scholarly interests in the areas of international/intercultural education, women in leadership, college student development, and instructional methodology. She is an active member of many professional organizations for counseling, international education, and student affairs including: ACA, ACES, NARACES, NAFSA, NASPA, and ACPA. Dr. Davis served as a member of the Trainer Corps for NAFSA: Association of International Education and serves on the Editorial Board for the New York Journal of Student Affairs.
Meet our Faculty
Michelle Santiago, Psy.D, NCC, CCMHC, LPC
Associate Professor of Clinical Practice
Dr. Michelle Santiago earned her doctorate of clinical psychology degree and has worked in a vast myriad of correctional, community MH agencies, survivor services, advocacy, and higher ed settings since 1996. She is a former Title IX investigator, a former member of the Northampton County Jail advisory committee, and a former member of the Society for the Psychology of Women Reproductive Rights Committee. She was appointed by PA Gov. Wolfe to serve the profession as a member of the PA Department of State Professional Licensing Bureau of Occupational Affairs for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI, LLC), a diversity trainer for local denominations and mental health agencies, a member of the International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling (serving on both the ethics and the awards committees), a founding member of the Clinical Supervision Research Collaborative, and considered a subject matter expert by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Meet our Director of Field Education
Michelle Brandt (she/her) is an assistant clinical professor and director of field education in the Counseling and MSW programs. She spent more than 20 years working as a social worker in the health care field with a focus on adults and older adults, hospice, palliative care, and oncology and has 10 years’ experience in social work field education. A strong connection to social work values and ethics informs Michelle’s approach to practice and teaching and a commitment to the social work profession has led to her interest in working with students in field education. Michelle’s research interests include ethics at end of life, grief and loss, and social work field education.
Vanessa Blose is your one-stop shop for all things Clinical Counseling-related. Financial aid, admissions, student support, you name it. She'll be there to help pave the way. Schedule a meeting or connect with her via phone, text, or email.