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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 now being accepted for summer/fall 2024.

School Counseling, MEd

*Currently accepting applications for fall 2023 on a rolling basis while seats are available.

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.

Pennsylvania License Requirements for Behavior Specialists 

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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

PhD Counselor Education and Supervision 2022 Annual Report

MA/MEd 2022 Annual Report

Winter 2022-2023 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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Doctoral Information Sessions for Prospective Students

* May 20, 2023
10:30 AM –11:30 AM


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 graduate coordinator, Dr. PK, at bpollard@iup.edu or our lead admissions ambassador, Jamilya McBean, at tnqbc@iup.edu.

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


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.

Hecht Awarded IUP Graduate Student Research Grant

Congratulations to Carol Lynn Hecht, from CES Cohort 4 at Pittsburgh East, for her recent awarding of an IUP Graduate Student Research Grant. This grant will help fund Carol Lynn's dissertation research, titled "Experiences Providing End-of-Life Counseling: A Narrative Inquiry."

Nice Publishes Research Article in Journal of Counseling and Development

Matthew Nice, Department of Counseling, recently published a research article in the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association and the counseling profession. The article analyzes 31 years of wellness and well-being counseling research. 

DeShong Announced as Graduate Student Ambassador

Alexis DeShong was recently announced as a graduate student ambassador for the PSCA Graduate School Connections.

IUP Hosts 11th Annual CSI Conference

IUP's Iota Upsilon Pi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota hosted the eleventh annual CSI Pennsylvania Statewide Conference in the Kovalchick Complex on April 22, 2023.