- Six fifteen-week semesters plus two three-credit summer courses of online courses for traditional and non-traditional students
- Three face-to-face clinical skill development courses in blocks of four days during each of the first four semesters
- Sixty (60) credit hours of courses specific to clinical mental health counseling, including required practicum and internship experiences
- Cohort model – students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students
- Face-to-face/Online program orientation prior to the start of the program
- New cohorts begin in August each year
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), granted accreditation to the Department of Counseling at University of Providence: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) effective July 31, 2017.
The graduate program is also accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
|MSC 500 Professional Orientation and Ethics||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 512 Theories of Counseling||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 517 Techniques of Counseling||3 credits||HYB (4 days)|
After successfully completing this semester, student applies for full candidacy in the program.
|MSC 516 Graduate Research Methods and Statistics||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 553 Counseling the Addicted Client||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 617 Advanced Techniques of Counseling||3 credits||HYB (4 days)|
|Elective, MSC 592||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 529 Development across the Lifespan||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 508 Psychopathology||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 606 Multicultural Competence||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 604 Career Counseling||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 695 Practicum (240 hours)||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 607 Group Counseling||3 credits||HYB (4 days)|
During spring semester, student applies for advanced candidacy.
|MSC 515 Standardized Testing & Individual Assessment||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 527 Evidence Based Practice & Program Evaluation||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 696 Internship I (300 hours)||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 688 Integrative Project I or MSC 689 Thesis I||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 520 Crisis Planning and Intervention||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 697 Internship II||3 credits||ASY|
|MSC 698 Integrative Project II or MSC 699 Thesis II||3 credits||ASY|
Total credits: 60
Additional Program Information
Retention Rate: 90%
Average Time to Complete the Program: 3 years
Employment Settings: Community mental health settings, schools, inpatient units, intensive outpatient units, crisis counseling, and private practice.
Licensure Eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC/LCPC). Requirements vary by state
NCE Passing Rates: All students who took the NCE exam immediately upon graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year passed the exam. Recent changes in the rules governing eligibility to take the licensure exam at the state level in Montana have also made it possible for students to take the exam at the end of their final year in the MSC program.
Accreditation Status: Accredited by CACREP through 2025.
Annual Fall Enrollment: 24 (new and continuing)
Predicted Job Outlook: (2014-2024) Nineteen percent (19%) increase, compared to 7% expected increase in total US jobs. The field of counseling will see over 30% growth in the next ten years. (Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)