The University of Providence Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) degree program prepares students for a rewarding career in a variety of settings including mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, and private practice. Through teaching, scholarship and supervision, faculty assist students to become excellent clinical mental health counselors who serve their communities. The integration of ethics, life-long learning, and respect for and value of all individuals are essential elements of the program. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The program consists of sixty (60) credit hours of courses specific to clinical mental health counseling and includes required practicum and internship experiences. The program is offered in the online and asynchronous format, making it flexible and responsive to the individual student, with the exception of three courses that require some face-to-face interactions for clinical skill development. These three courses are held in blocks. Each of the three face-to-face courses are offered in four-day blocks over the first four semesters.
The content and clinical hours of the degree program are structured to prepare students for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), which is used for licensure in all 50 states.
The specific MSC curriculum components are designed to embrace not only the broader University of Providence mission, but to actively incorporate the Providence Leadership Covenant, licensure law standards, and professional counselor preparation guidelines, especially the criteria set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
The core program student learning objectives are: (1) Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice; (2) Social and Cultural Diversity; (3) Human Growth and Development; (4) Career Development; (5) Counseling and Helping Relationships; (6) Group Counseling and Group Work; (7) Assessment and Testing; and (8) Research and Program Evaluation.
The University of Providence Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) degree program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program is also accredited through the University of Providence accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.