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Master of Arts in Student Affairs Counseling with LPC

This program prepares students for Pennsylvania State licensure. 

The Master of Arts in Student Affairs Counseling with LPC (MASAC-LPC) program in the School of Behavioral and Community Health is a state-of-the-art 60-credit hour training program offered in a blended curriculum utilizing online with residencies and hybrid formats taught by seasoned clinicians and administrators who are experts in their fields. Graduates of the program will be trained to demonstrate their commitment to evidence-based practice, life-long learning, and counseling and administrative practice grounded in social justice. Graduates of the program will be prepared for their careers serving students and other stakeholders at community colleges, four-year colleges, non-profit organizations, and large research institutions. This program leads to the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in the state of Pennsylvania.    

Summer 2024 deadline: April 29, 2024
Fall 2024 deadline: August 19, 2024

Our Mission

The Master of Arts in Student Affairs Counseling–LPC 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 student affairs counseling with an emphasis on service delivery to diverse populations, in a wide variety of community and college settings. Overall, the program trains students to cultivate the academic skills and personal awareness necessary to be effective, multiculturally competent student affairs counselors. 

Program Overview

The Moravian Student Affairs Counseling–LPC 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.

Clinical Experience

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.

Vast Outcomes

This degree will prepare you for work in a variety of settings such as community colleges, college and community counseling centers, research universities, 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 Student Affairs Counseling–LPC 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!

Full-Time Students

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.

Part-Time Students

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.

Course Modality

Courses in this program may be offered in a variety of formats. We currently offer a hybrid format (some online courses, some in-person). 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. 

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, student affairs counseling–LPC students can work in a variety of fields and settings, including community colleges, drug and alcohol programs, campus counseling centers, campus care teams, and more. Student affairs counseling–LPC graduates are well prepared to work with adolescents and adults in a variety of modalities including individual counseling and group work. Graduates are also well-positioned to pursue doctorate degrees in student affairs, psychology, and related fields. 

Course Requirements

The sample program sequence listed below is for students who choose to pursue their degree full-time and begin classes in the fall. 

Fall One:

  • MSAC 510 Professional Orientation & Ethics: Student Affairs Counseling
  • MSAC 530 Human & Student Development Theory: A Lifespan Approach
  • MCC 500 Helping Relationships
  • MCC 550 Counseling Theories
  • MCC 560 Social and Cultural Foundations

Spring One:

  • MCC 570 Group Theory and Practice
  • MCC 520 Career & Lifestyle Counseling
  • MCC 535 Assessment for Counselors
  • MCC 545 DSM & Psychopathology
  • MCC 680 Practicum

Summer One:

  • MCC 580 Research Design & Methodology
  • MCC 615 Crisis Intervention

Fall Two:

  • MCC 610 Grief & Bereavement
  • MCC 600 Trauma Informed Practice 

Spring Two:

  • MSAC 555 Leadership & Administration in Higher Education
  • MSAC 536 Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • MSAC 685 Internship I: Student Affairs Counseling
  • MCC 640 Sexuality Across the Lifespan

Summer Two:

  • MSAC 686 Internship II: Student Affairs Counseling
  • MCC 620 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Student Handbook

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. 

Application Requirements

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:

  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Resume

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:

Becki L. Achey, M.S.
Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
1309 Main St. 
(610) 625-7023
Mailing address: 
Moravian University
1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

Concerns regarding gender and equity in athletics: 

Rebecca May
Associate Athletic Director (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)
109 Johnston Hall
(610) 625-7991
Mailing address:
Moravian University
1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 

Concerns regarding the application of Title IX: 

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
(215) 656-8541

Report sexual harassment/sex discrimination online anytime (can be anonymous) at The full policy and grievance procedures can be found in the institutional Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy.