Department of Counseling

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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, while 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

*Application deadline for summer/fall 2023 is Friday, February 3, 2023

School Counseling, MEd

*Application deadline for summer/fall 2023 is Friday, February 3, 2023

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Licensure Only

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

School Counseling, Certification Only

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

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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 2020–21

PhD Counselor Education and Supervision 2021 Annual Report

Master's Programs Annual Report 2022

Winter 2021–22 Counseling Department Newsletter

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

* November 30, 2022
10:00 AM

Master's Info Session (Indiana)

* December 6, 2022
6:00 PM

Doctoral Info Session (Zoom)

* December 17, 2022
10:30 AM

Doctoral Info Session (Zoom)

* December 17, 2022
12:00 PM

Master's Info Session (Zoom)

* January 3, 2023
6:00 PM

Doctoral Info Session (Zoom)

* January 12, 2023
11:00 AM

Master's Info Session (Zoom)

* January 21, 2023
10:30 AM

Doctoral Info Session (Zoom)

To register, please visit our registration page, email, or call 412-824-1149.

If you have any questions about our MA or MEd programs, feel free to contact our graduate coordinator, Dr. PK, at or our lead admissions ambassador, Ashley Cifone, at

If you have any questions about our PhD program, feel free to contact our doctoral coordinator, Dr. Branthoover, at or her graduate assistant, LaKesha Smith, at


IUP Students to Be Part of Initiative to Help Struggling Students in Cambria County

IUP’s Department of Counseling has been invited to join the Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program and REACH (Reaching Educational Achievements with Clinical Mental Health), a school-based mental health agency, to provide interns for supervised counseling and support for students in Cambria County schools.

Nice Publishes Twice in Journal of School Counseling

Matthew Nice recently co-authored two new articles published in the Journal of School Counseling. "The School Counselor's Role in Supporting Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder with the Transition to College" and "School Counselors’ Use of Marcia’s Identity Status Theory for Career Advisement and Consultation and Collaboration" will both be available to readers in early 2022.

Guth, Pepper, and Garrow Publish Tips for Facilitation of Virtual Groups

The world has been facing some major challenges that impact the ways in which groups come together and operate. Group workers have become innovative during these unprecedented times. The Association for Specialists in Group Work’s Special Initiatives Committee created a document offering 10 tips for the facilitation of virtual groups.

Jalongo, Guth, and McDevitt Publish Campus Canine Connection Book

Mary Renck Jalongo, professor emerita, Professional Studies in Education, recently published the edited book Canine-Campus Connection: Roles for Dogs in the Lives of College Students. Lorraine Guth, Department of Counseling, and Theresa McDevitt, IUP Libraries, collaborated on three of the chapters.

Guth Serving as ASGW President-Elect

Lorraine J. Guth, professor in the IUP Department of Counseling, is currently serving as president-elect of the Association for Specialists in Group Work.