The Master of Arts in Community Counseling program is for adult students committed to upholding the highest standards in professional mental health and addictions counseling. The MACC program prepares you to address complicated issues of social justice and healthy functioning with an approach that combines theory, technique and hands-on practical experiences.
We offer small class sizes and exceptional support before, during, and after your graduate studies to help you continue to learn and grow.
As you build a solid foundation in traditional and contemporary counseling topics, you’ll discover how your actions can create positive changes. In all, you’ll acquire a broad range of skills, tools and knowledge that prepares you for advanced counseling practice. Our masters in community counseling students bring diverse educational and experiential backgrounds to our program. Some have recently completed their undergraduate studies while others are returning to college after years in the workplace.You can advance your career with a graduate degree in counseling.
With three semesters a year, our MACC program lets you complete your coursework at a fast pace without sacrificing quality. Most students take two classes per semester, and with summer classes, finish their degree requirements within three years. The program operates on a modified cohort model, with flexibility to make adjustments to your schedule if necessary. Classes are specifically scheduled to accommodate the needs of a working student with a busy lifestyle. For more information on any of our graduate programs, please make an appointment with an admissions counselor.Customize what you study.
The MACC program of study provides students with the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest within the content of coursework. As such, students create a unique academic experience in our graduate programs. Our small class sizes help ensure you'll receive personalized learning and attention. In a collaborative learning environment, faculty guide students through repeated practice of counseling skills and techniques, ensuring mastery through a developmental approach. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll have the opportunity to practice those skills under supervision in your practicum and internship experiences.You’ll be taught by practicing licensed mental health professionals, with years of experience in the field.
The MACC faculty expertise represents a variety of theoretical approaches to counseling. You will be exposed to these approaches, but encouraged to develop your own personal theory of counseling. Your classes will emphasize theory, counseling techniques, ethical practice, case examples, and counseling simulations.Offers a springboard to professional licensure or doctoral study.
The MACC program has been developed to correspond with the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.
Students interested in becoming licensed should contact the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board to determine the exact requirements for post-degree licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Students can contact the American Counseling Association or the National Board of Certified Counselors to access licensure requirements for other states. Students also have the opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) at the end of the MACC program. The NCE is one of seven content-based tests approved by the Pennsylvania Licensure Board for Professional Counselors. Students completing the MACC program and passing the NCE will have met significant milestones on their pathway toward licensure, which may influence their employment opportunities after graduation.
Also, students who complete the Masters in Community Counseling graduate program may be eligible for certification as Certified Addiction Counselors and as National Certified Counselors with specialties as Certified Mental Health Counselors and Master Addiction Counselors.
Additionally, students will find learning opportunities outside the classroom. MACC students continue to show an interest in attending the professional conferences offered through the American Counseling Association and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. MACC students are also invited to participate in the annual Conference for the Human Services for local practicing professionals. These activities offer the opportunity to network with other professionals at the local, state and national levels.
When it comes time to complete your counseling internships, you'll choose among many public and private agencies in Reading, Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. You'll gain valuable experience as you network with counseling professionals and cultivate relationships that benefit you after graduation, perhaps even by landing you a job. You may even decide to join the growing percentage of our MACC graduates who have chosen to continue their professional development in a doctoral counseling program.
View the curriculum required for this degree, read about the MACC program in our Graduate Brochure (PDF), learn more about our admission process, or request more information.
Judith Warchal, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Counselor Education/Psychology
“Our curriculum prepares students to provide ethical and accountable clinical services. Through advocacy and social action, graduates join other professional counselors to empower the people they serve.”
MACC Program Alumni Perspective
"The MACC program at Alvernia University provided me with the theory, practical skills, and ethical knowledge that I need to make decisions that are in the best interest of my clients while practicing as a licensed professional counselor." Read more.
Brandon Ballantyne, MA,LPC, NCC
Reading Health System
CMH - Adolescent/Adult Partial Programs
Alvernia's MACC program helped me develop the organization and communication skills I needed to become a successful counselor. The program's focus on ethics and real-world experience has made my education extremely worthwhile."
Rockella Baylock '16