Students with any bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for entry into the program. There are three mandatory prerequisite courses: Introduction to Psychology, Psychopathology, and a course in Statistics or Quantitative Methods of Research, which students must complete prior to beginning coursework. Graduate testing is not required for the MACC application process.
In the event an applicant maintained an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0, an academic plan describing how he or she will maintain the MACC program requirements must be submitted with the initial application. This plan will be reviewed by the MACC Committee along with the other admissions materials.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program matriculates students during the fall term of each academic year *. The program curriculum rotates on a three-year cycle, and classes are designed to build on previous coursework. Coursework begins by enrolling in Introduction to Counseling (MCC 500). Students wishing to begin classes prior to the fall term are permitted to take the interdisciplinary core course Ethics and Moral Leadership (COR 520) during the spring and/or summer terms. Otherwise, students are expected to follow the recommended course sequence or they may encounter delays in future course selection or practicum and internship assignments.
The capstone internship course is required and provides students with the opportunity to practice professional counseling with the support and supervision of on-site supervisors and Alvernia University faculty.
* The Philadelphia Center will accept applicants to start in both Spring and Fall semesters in 2020.