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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Information Session

    May 20, 2015
    6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

    IUP main campus, Stouffer Hall, Room 109, at 6:00 p.m.

    May 28, 2015
    5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

    IUP Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center, Building 4, Suite 900, at 5:30 p.m.

    Learn more about the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program from professor and program coordinator Dr. Robert Witchel or the department chairperson, Dr. Claire Dandeneau.

    To register, visit Register for an Information Session, e-mail , or call 412-824-1999.

  • The Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, vocational or rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, social services, and business and industry.

    Program Features

    Take your courses on a part-time, evening basis one weekday evening per week: Thursdays for the cohort beginning fall 2015, from 4:45–7:20 p.m. and from 7:20–9:50 p.m.

    • Experience curriculum based on the National Board for Certified Counselors educational standards.
    • Prepare yourself for counselor licensure in Pennsylvania.
    • Learn within a cohort format, where you will build and maintain a supportive professional and academic network by moving through your sequence of classes as a group.
    • Receive individual attention from doctoral-level IUP faculty members who are researchers and practitioners in their areas of expertise.
    • Accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

    Required Courses

    Course descriptions can be found online in the Graduate Catalog.


    Applications are being accepted for Full Consideration Admission until March 18, 2015.

    Applications are being accepted for Late Admission until June 24, 2015.

    Submit the following items to IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research:

    • Application form: Apply online.
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • Signed and dated statement of career and academic goals. Specific goal statement guidelines for applicants to the Community Counseling program are available: Goal Statement Guidelines.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned from a particular institution. Note: A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required.
    • $50 nonrefundable application fee.

    After reviewing completed applications, individuals selected by the Counseling Department are required to attend an admissions workshop as the final step in the admission process.

    More Information

    Request information online, e-mail program coordinator Dr. Robert Witchel ( bwitchel@iup.edu), or call IUP’s Department of Counseling at 724-357-2306.


    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at IUP is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October, 2016. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling department intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)