Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Licensure Only

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Qualify for Licensure by Completing Remaining Credits at IUP

*Currently accepting applications for spring/summer 2023 on a rolling basis while seats are available.

IUP's licensure-only track responds to the counselor license law signed into effect as Act 135 by then-Governor Thomas Ridge on December 21, 1998. Licensure law has been updated and amended since 1998 and now necessitates the following requirements.

Applicants seeking to become licensed professional counselors in the state of Pennsylvania must successfully complete a graduate program of 60 semester hours in counseling, including 48 semester hours from an accredited educational institution. The licensure-only option is designed for individuals who need additional credits to meet licensure standards. Applicants must either a) hold a master's degree with a minimum of 36 credit hours and have met all other grandparenting criteria as outlined by the Licensure Board; or b) hold a master's degree with a minimum of 48 credit hours.

Contact Our Master's Program Coordinator

Dr. Brittany Pollard-Kosidowski


Licensure/Certification Only Admissions Ambassador

Remy Garland


Hillary Smith

Thorough Curriculum, Hands-on Experience

“I am thankful that the curriculum covers many different domains and aspects of counseling that allow students a more hands-on experience in terms of application of their counseling skills.”

Hillary Smith, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student

An applicant's transcript is evaluated by the master's program coordinator to determine eligibility for the licensure-only track and the coursework recommended for credit beyond those accrued within their master's degree program. The State Licensure Board makes all final determinations about which courses will be considered acceptable for licensure. If a student has a question about a course being eligible for licensure acceptance, they should contact the Licensure Board directly.

Interested applicants should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator and have their graduate transcript(s) evaluated to determine their eligibility for the licensure-only track and the remaining coursework necessary to complete academic licensure requirements. Applicants for the licensure-only track must complete a full program application and meet similar admissions requirements as degree-seeking applicants. A maximum of 20 credits is allowed under the licensure-only track. Applicants not meeting eligibility requirements will be redirected to consider applying for the full 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program (course transfer options may be provided in accordance with the policies set forth by the School of Graduate Studies and Research).