College of Arts and Sciences


The Counseling Profession

Masters-level counseling professionals play a critical role in the mental health care field. They provide various clinical services (e.g., assessment, consultation, therapy, advocacy, program development, and evaluation) across multiple settings (e.g., mental health agencies, hospitals, schools and colleges, private practices).

Mental health care is a thriving field, and the challenges of today’s society make this field one of continued growth.


Best Practices & Justice with Heart

Our graduate program in Counseling prepares highly qualified mental health clinicians for positions in schools, community mental health centers, business and industry settings, hospitals, and other health agencies. Through specialized training in multicultural counseling, we develop clinicians who are committed to both social justice and evidence-based practices.



Arcadia University’s Graduate Program in Counseling (GPC) is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).


Program Flexibility

Our program is designed to allow students to choose their own pace. Students can complete an accelerated program and earn their degree as quickly as 21 months. A majority of students complete the programs in 3 years.

Program Mission

The mission of Arcadia University’s Graduate Program in Counseling (GPC) is to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, self-awareness, dispositions, and skills needed to become highly competent professional counselors trained to integrate evidenced-based and multicultural practices in their professional work. Students receive instruction in career development and self-care to help them achieve their professional goals and sustain themselves in their professional careers over time. Our curriculum provides students with repeated opportunities to practice counseling skills, as well as receive and offer feedback to help them become advocates for social justice. Further, our curriculum provides students with the opportunities to fulfill all graduate educational requirements necessary to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Program Options

The GPC offers a Master of Arts in Counseling (48-credit or 60-credit), along with seven specialty concentrations (Autism, Child and Family Therapy, Community Public Health, Mental Health Counseling, Mediation, and Conflict Transformation, Foundations in BCBA®, and Trauma). We also offer two dual degrees, in which students earn a Master of Arts in Counseling, as well as a Master of Public Health or a Master of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Additionally, we offer several options for professionals seeking advanced training, including graduate certificates in Child and Family Therapy or Trauma, along with a Post-Master’s program to help professionals complete requirements for licensure.


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