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Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

Become a well-rounded generalist mental health clinician in Moravian’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program. Clinical service and advocacy are built into a curriculum where your personal growth is as important as your technical and professional skills.

Why a Moravian Clinical Counseling Degree?

Our degree program is more than a classroom education—our faculty give 110% to individual students, student support, and advising. It’s an intensive experience that prepares and engages you in the practice of current trends and evidence-based responsive counseling. You’ll learn from practicing professionals how to promote community wellness and the public interest of diverse populations. 

Our graduates go on to work in community mental health agencies, hospital-affiliated behavioral health settings, counseling centers, private practice, and more. Other graduates pursue PsyD and PhD programs.

Program Overview

The Moravian Clinical Counseling degree requires 60 total credits, which you will 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.

Helping Relationships
Understand foundational frameworks for counseling and interviewing processes in an intercultural society; develop counselor self-awareness and basic listening/attending skills needed to form and sustain effective counseling relationships

Professional Identity  
Articulate and demonstrate one's counseling identity and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior; demonstrate and utilize ACA Ethical Code to enrich understanding of personal identity, the field of professional counseling, and case conceptualization.

Career and Lifestyle Development 
Understand the history, principles, and theories of career counseling. Demonstrate an ability to apply various models of career counseling as they relate to assessment, developmental perspectives, and cultural considerations in vocational planning.

Human Growth and Development
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the biological, moral, faith, familial, and societal bases of human development and behavior throughout the lifespan.

Clinical Appraisal
Demonstrate knowledge of theories and classification systems and relevant assessment measures of psychological pathology, including but not limited to, biological and sociocultural theories as applied to case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Counseling Theory
Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based theories and practices of counseling by articulating therapeutic orientations and applying selective interventions for different clinical issues and social locations.

Social and Cultural Foundations 
Demonstrate knowledge, self-awareness, and skills in working with community members representing various cultural, interfaith, and personal backgrounds; learn to ethically apply multicultural assessment models.

Group Theory and Practice 
Understand the history, principles, and theories of group counseling and therapy. Demonstrate an ability to identify group dynamics and apply various models of group counseling, as they relate to issues of psycho-education, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, and ethical decision-making

Research Design and Methodology
Demonstrate knowledge of scientific methods commonly used by counselor practitioners in clinical work, including knowledge of the application of evidence-based scholarship to evaluate clinical practices, interventions, and programs.

Clinical Instruction
Includes 100 hours of supervised practicum experience and 600 hours of supervised internship experience. The supervised internship experience shall begin after completion of the supervised practicum experience. 

Clinical Counseling Courses

  • MCC 500: Helping Relationships
  • MCC 510: Professional Orientation: Ethics & Counseling
  • MCC 520: Career & Lifestyle Counseling
  • MCC 530: Human Growth And  Development
  • MCC 540: Clinical Appraisal
  • MCC 550: Counseling Theory
  • MCC 560: Social & Cultural Foundations
  • MCC 570: Group Theory & Practice
  • MCC 580: Research Design & Methodology

Clinical Sequence

  • MCC 680: Clinical Practicum
  • MCC 685: Clinical Internship 1
  • MCC 686: Clinical Internship 2

The remaining 24 credits will be electives of your choosing, including courses like cognitive behavioral theory and techniques, addictions, child and adolescent counseling, forensic psychology, psychopharmacology, and special topics current to the field.

Individual Counseling

It’s vital that students experience what it’s like to be on the receiving end of counseling. Clinical Counseling students are required to participate (at their expense) in five sessions (at minimum) of individual counseling with a psychotherapist of their choosing, prior to beginning the clinical experience. Proof of attendance is required. Those who have been in counseling within the past six months prior to admittance to the program may be considered to have met this requirement.

The Clinical Experience

Good counseling work requires intellectually and emotionally strong and agile therapists, and that’s why we take preparation for clinical work seriously. This program is academic and an exercise in personal development that helps you grow into your personal and professional identity so that you can withstand the rigors of the work. You are evaluated throughout the program to determine readiness for clinical work. No student is guaranteed a site placement by how many courses they have taken.

Before you begin your practicum and internship, you will meet with the clinical director to discuss areas of interest, skill development, and career goals. Most students interview at several sites before deciding where they want to do their clinical work. The Director of Clinical Training can suggest a local partner or you can suggest and explore potential sites of interest.

The supervision classes that you take concurrently with your clinical experience provide both supervisory and peer support to help you integrate and process experiences, learnings, and understandings. To graduate, you must complete at least 700 hours of supervised clinical experience, which meets the Pennsylvania requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Course Descriptions

"I truly appreciate all the time and wisdom the Director of Clinical Training has instilled in me as a mentor since I have graduated."

Noelia Ortiz-Lightner

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

To apply to the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program, please complete the following:

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s)

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

App Deadline
August 8, 2022

Start Date
August 29, 2022

"Moravian’s clinical opportunities fully prepared me to not just treat, but to understand and empathize with clients. Emphasis on both self- and other-awareness gave me the ability to work successfully with diverse individuals and diverse settings."

Dewey Mullis '18

Student Experience Mentor

Casandra Cabral-Castro 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.


Casandra Cabral-Castro

Student Experience Mentor - Clinical Counseling
(610) 861-1555

Director of Clinical Training

Michelle Santiago, Psy.D, NCC, CCMHC, LPC, CCTP, C-DBT

Assistant Professor of the Clinical Practice of Counseling
Director of Clinical Training
Vice Chair- PA State Board of SW, MFT, and PC
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist
Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory®
Apple Teacher
(610) 861-1522