Counseling, MS

Delivered by one of the oldest established counseling programs in the nation and CACREP accredited, Ship’s Counseling programs inspires our students to ask tough questions, give a voice to the voiceless, and connect and create relationships. Through our caring and inclusive environment, your unique skills and talents will be amplified to make a difference today and tomorrow.

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What Will I Learn?

CACREP logoThe mental health counseling concentration is designed to prepare counselors with a significant level of diagnostic and treatment skill development. Students in this program will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings (outpatient, inpatient, partial) and with a wide ranges of clinical issues and populations.

The core courses focus on an introduction to the mental health field, the development of clinical skills, diagnostic evaluation and theoretical understanding.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Our students find success during their studies and in employment consistent with their training and preparation because of:

  • Quality experience through field classes, professional organizations and conferences and research
  • Small classes and personalized attention from faculty
  • Involvement with Growing Edges Community Counseling Clinic, a clinic on campus that is the only program of its kind in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

You will complete a practicum and two internships as part of your clinical development. We have a variety of approved sites for experiential learning throughout central Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. The program teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of clinical mental health counseling. Our emphasis on personal growth encourages development in an understanding of values and beliefs which enhances and facilitates the helping process.

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Counseling Student Tyler Rock

“I chose Shippensburg University for graduate school because of the opportunities to work across varying sectors of higher education within my field of study. Between the small class size, and the positive experiences that I gained during my undergraduate years, I felt compelled to add to this to my Ship story and continue my education at my alma mater!”

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program boasts a 92% job placement rate. Graduates find employment with outpatient agencies, inpatient treatment programs (mental health and addiction), partial treatment programs and private practice settings.

Shippensburg University's Counseling, K-12 School Counseling, MEd and Certification program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

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Offered by one of the oldest established counseling programs in the nation, this program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Graduates of Shippensburg University's Counseling, College Counseling and Student Affairs, MS program possess a strong identity as counselors and student affairs professionals.

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Delivered by one of the oldest established counseling programs in the nation and CACREP accredited, this program prepares counselors to work in a variety of clinical settings.

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Planning Notes for all students:


  1. 60 total credits required
  2. Students can begin in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.
  3. Students can take elective courses in any semester or term. For list of electives, see catalog.
  4. Students can take core courses in any semester or term.
  5. The above sequence is for illustrative purposes only. Students can tailor their program to their individual needs.