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The M.S. in Counseling Psychology is a two-year cohort program that provides a foundation in counseling skills, assessment, and individual and group therapy. It offers students the opportunity to gain supervised practical experience in a formal practicum and internship.

Students learn how to understand client issues and needs in a variety of settings, and then collaboratively put individually tailored intervention plans into action. Graduates meet the core educational requirements for licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the M.S. in Counseling Psychology at RMU will under review for accreditation by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

Contact Information

Samantha J. Monda, Ph.D. 
Interim Department Head, Psychology
Coordinator, MS in Counseling Psychology 
monda@rmu.edu
412-397-6036 

Neha I. Pandit, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, MS Counseling Psychology  
Assistant Professor of Psychology 
pandit@rmu.edu
412-397-603

Course Plan

Year 1, Summer

  • PSYC6060: Advanced Developmental Psychology (8)
  • PSYC6010: Counseling Psychology: Orientation and Ethics (8)

Year 1, Fall

  • PSYC7010: Theories of Counseling (8) 
  • PSYC7020: Counseling Skills (15)
  • PSYC7050: Advanced Psychological Assessment (15)
  • PSYC7040: Psychopathology (8)

Year 1, Spring

  • PSYC6070: Research and Program Evaluation (8)
  • PSYC7050: Assessment, Appraisal, and Treatment Planning (15)
  • PSYC7320: Counseling Psychology Practicum (15)
  • PSYC6020: Career Development (8)

Year 2, Summer

  • PSYC6030: Foundations of Multicultural Counseling (8)
  • PSYC6050: Foundations of Addiction (8)    

Year 2, Fall

  • PSYC7060:Group Counseling (8)
  • PSYC7090: Advanced Counseling Skills (15)
  • PSYC7420: Counseling Psychology Internship I (15)
  • PSYC7070: Child & Adolescent Counseling (8)

Year 2, Spring

  • PSYC6040: Grief & Bereavement(8)
  • PSYC7510: Supervision and Consultation (15)
  • PSYC7520: Counseling Psychology Internship II (15)
  • PSYC7080: Couples and Family Counseling (8)
Additional Program Information

Please note that admission to the program is competitive. Limited spaces are available and application does not guarantee acceptance

Program Requirements

The application deadline for the M.S. in Counseling Psychology program is January 31. Please note that admission is competitive and meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission. Currently no more than 10 students are accepted in each cohort. The minimal admissions criteria include the following: 

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology or related field 
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Completion of an RMU graduate admissions application
  • Current resume
  • Essay addressing the applicant’s professional goals
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended
  • Personal interview 

* Those who do not have a degree in Psychology or a related area are recommended to take the following courses prior to admissions: General or Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth & Development, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Psychology, and/or Cognitive Psychology.

Please provide a typed essay (500 word limit) that addresses the following questions:

  • What kind of career in professional counseling are you interested in pursuing and how did your interest develop?What is your current conceptualization of what a counselor does?
  • What personal strengths and weaknesses would you say that you have that could impact your effectiveness in this role?
  • What led you to the M.S. in Counseling Psychology program, and how do you think it can benefit your career aspirations?

Please submit the essay to graduateadmissions@rmu.edu along with your application.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Theories of Counseling
Foundations of Addiction
Grief & Bereavement

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