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Graduate Programs

Whether your goal is to counsel in a school setting, work in community mental health or private practice, or train and supervise future counselors, the Counselor Education programs at IUP blend academic coursework, personal development, and the practical application of counseling skills to build the foundation necessary for a successful, rewarding career. Our flexible program design allows master's students in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling to attend school full- or part-time. In contrast, Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral students move full-time through their training with a cohort of their peers. All three of our programs are offered in full at both the Indiana campus and at IUP Pittsburgh East in the Pittsburgh/Monroeville area.

Counselor Education and Supervision, PhD

*Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA

*Applications for summer/fall 2024 due Friday, February 2, 2024.

School Counseling, MEd

*Applications for summer/fall 2024 due Friday, February 2, 2024.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Licensure Only

*Applications accepted on a rolling basis, pending seat availability.

School Counseling, Certification Only

*Applications accepted on a rolling basis, pending seat availability.

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Counseling Admissions

(both master's and doctoral programs)

The Department of Counseling offers a PhD program, an MA program, and an MEd program, as well as two licensure/certification-only tracks at both the Indiana and Pittsburgh East campuses. Master's-level coursework can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, while doctoral coursework is completed utilizing a cohort model.

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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs initially granted accreditation to IUP's School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs in July 2008. The doctoral program was accredited in 2021. The programs are currently accredited through October 31, 2024.

Vital Statistics Report 2022

Annual Report 2023


Site Supervisor Information for Counseling Students' Practicum/Field Experience

Information for professionals who are currently serving as or are interested in being a practicum/field experience site supervisor

Program Objectives

List and description of the counseling department's objectives for providing graduate programs dedicated to the preparation of professional school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and counselor educators.

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Information Sessions for Prospective Students

* October 28, 2023
12:00 PM –1:30 PM

Zoom (Master's)

* November 6, 2023
2:00 PM –3:30 PM

Pgh East - 9th Floor (Master's)

* November 16, 2023
1:00 PM –2:30 PM

Indiana - Stouffer Hall (Master's)

* December 5, 2023
6:00 PM –7:30 PM

Zoom (Master's)

* January 5, 2024
1:00 PM –2:30 PM

Zoom (Master's)

* January 22, 2024
7:30 PM –9:00 PM

Pgh East - 9th Floor (Master's)

* January 24, 2024
2:00 PM –3:30 PM

Indiana - Stouffer Hall (Master's)

To register, please visit our registration page, email couns-inquiry@iup.edu, or call 412-824-1149.

If you have any questions about our MA or MEd programs, feel free to contact our master's coordinator, Dr. PK, at bpollard@iup.edu or drop in virtually to talk to one of our lead student admissions ambassadors:

Jamilya McBean (tnqbc@iup.edu) will be available at https://iupvideo.zoom.us/j/5814222522 on 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, and 11/30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST.

Allison Fox (dwwdc@iup.edu) will be available at https://iupvideo.zoom.us/my/allisonfox2 on 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, and 12/5 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions about our PhD program, contact our doctoral coordinator, Dr. Branthoover, at hbrnthvr@iup.edu or her graduate assistant, Tiffany Spisak, at lhvdc@iup.edu.

Doctoral Information Sessions (all sessions conducted via Zoom)

Information Session Dates for Fall Semester:

  • 10/03/2023 with Tiffany Spisak at 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/21/2023 with Tiffany Spisak at 10:00 a.m.
  • 11/07/2023 with Tiffany Spisak at 6:00 p.m.
  • 11/18/2023 with Tiffany Spisak at 10:00 a.m.
  • 12/05/2023 with Tiffany Spisak at 6:00 p.m.
  • 12/16/2023 with Tiffany Spisak at 10:00 a.m.

All will be at Tiffany's Zoom link: https://iupvideo.zoom.us/my/tiffanyspisak



Onkst Wins 2023 PCA Outstanding Graduate Student Award

IUP counselor education doctoral student Stephanie Onkst won the 2023 Pennsylvania Counseling Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 2023 PCA annual conference in Harrisburg, PA.

Brown Receives College of Education and Communications Alumni Scholar Award

The College of Education and Communications congratulates Joel Brown on receiving the College's Alumni Scholar Award.

Nuwagaba-K Receives College of Education and Communications Student Research Award

The College of Education and Communications congratulates Racheal Nuwagaba-K on receiving the College's Student Research Award.

Late Graduate from Johnstown Gifts $200,000 to Counseling Program in His Estate

The late Robert Flora, a 1978 graduate of IUP’s psychology clinical mental health counseling master’s program, left instructions revealed after his death to donate $200,000 from his estate to IUP for student scholarships.

IUP Counseling Students Assume Roles on the Executive Board

Students from IUP's MA and PhD counseling programs have been named to the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Association for Specialists in Group Work.