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Master of Arts in Counseling at Waynesburg University

Take your first step toward state licensure as a certified counselor. Waynesburg University's Master of Arts in Counseling program will prepare you for a rewarding and fulfilling career as a counselor. For your convenience, Waynesburg offers this exciting degree at three suburban Pittsburgh locations (Southpointe, Monroeville, and Cranberry) and at our main campus. Classes meet two nights per week (one class is online) for five semesters.

CACREP LogoWaynesburg University has emerged as a leader in counselor education. Our Master of Arts in Counseling Program and the Addictions Certification program are accredited by CACREP of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Waynesburg University will prepare you to be a professional counselor who is caring, competent and committed to helping others.

The Counseling program has two specialized tracks, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addiction Counseling. All courses are designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of students.

The counseling profession has grown significantly during the past decade and is expected to grow “much faster than average” through 2016 according to the US Department of Labor. As licensed professionals, counselors are now able to practice independently and receive reimbursement from medical insurance companies. Counseling is a growing field with exciting personal and professional growth opportunities.

Annual Graduate Counseling Program Outcome Report

Class of 2017
Date of Report: September 11,2017

Total Number of Graduates 18
Clinical Mental Health Graduates 14
Addictions Counseling Graduates 4
Completion Rate For All Graduates 79%
National Counselor Exam (NCE) Pass Rate 86%
NCE Pass Rate Clinical Mental Health Graduates 82%
NCE Pass Rate Addictions Counseling Graduates 100%
Job Placement Rate All Graduates - Addictions 100%
Job Placement Rate All Graduates - Mental Health 100%
Average Class Size 7


"Employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies"

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).

Programs Offered

All students graduating from Waynesburg University’s 60-credit graduate program will receive a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. You may tailor your degree by concentrating in one of two specialized tracks. Each specialized track provides all the academic requirements needed for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). All counseling students take 48 credits of core courses in counseling and 12 credits (four classes) in their chosen area of specialization.

Addictions Counseling

Students preparing to work in addictions counseling will be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a wide range of addiction counseling and prevention programs as well as mental health counseling facilities. Graduates of the Addictions Counseling track are prepared to meet the academic requirements for the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification, an important credential for working in the addictions field in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Graduates from this program are prepared for licensure as Professional Counselors (LPC), and have competencies to work with non-addicted populations as well as working with individuals with addiction.


"Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies"

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This specialization focuses on the core knowledge and practice methodologies necessary to work as mental health counselors as clinicians in community agencies and private practice. This is the most straight forward and traditional orientation used to train professional counselors.

Advanced Specialty in Addictions Counseling

This option is for professionals who are working in the field and are seeking a certification in addictions counseling. It is a four course, 12-credit option that is completed in two semesters. Individuals seeking the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification (CADC) must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and meet the required number of supervised work hours in the addiction field (4000 hours with a behavioral science degree; 6000 hours with a degree outside the behavioral sciences) to qualify for certification after completing the coursework at Waynesburg University. Students must be currently employed as a counselor at an agency providing addictions counseling and complete a formal application for the Examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Individuals who have a master's degree in counseling or a related field are eligible to enroll in the certification program regardless of employment status but must have 2000 work hours in the addiction field and 300 supervision hours to qualify for the CAADC certification. In addition, students must pass the Advanced Examination through the PCB in order to attain CAADC certification. All of the courses offered in this program are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board as fulfilling educational requirements leading to a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certificate or a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling Program, the student must submit the following:

  • A completed online application.
  • Verification of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions must be provided. Print an official transcript request form.
  • Minimum two recommendation letters on letterhead from professional, academic and/or business sources who can attest to your potential as a professional counselor.
  • A current resume
  • A personal statement describing how you developed an interest in becoming a professional counselor, what current aspects of your life make this the right time to pursue an advanced degree in counseling, and what you would like to accomplish in your career as a counselor.
  • Admissions committee interview
  • Act 34 Clearance - Pennsylvania Criminal History Record
  • Act 151 Clearance - Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (requires 6 weeks to process)
  • Act 114 Clearance - Be sure to follow these instruction for PA Department of Human Services

To be considered for admission into the Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling, the student must submit the following:

  • A completed online application.
  • Verification of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions must be provided. Print an official transcript request form.
  • A current resume
  • A 1000-word typed psychobiography. The applicant’s psychobiography serves a different purpose than does a resume. Life is a process of maturing, learning, and becoming. It is sometimes joyful, sometimes painful. The psychobiography is the applicant's own story. It should describe the psychosocial development of the writer. Applicants should examine their early influences, including family, significant others, economic, cultural and ethnic influences, athletics/sports, health and wellness, and important personal events. They should reflect on the course of their emotional, intellectual, and personal development during the school years and as it relates to athletics/sports. It might deal with questions such as: How did I cope with problems and stress? What values were instilled, accepted, and rejected? How did I become the person I am? What are my strengths and weaknesses? What do I hope for the future? In addition, how one has made the decision to seek the advanced training in sports counseling should be discussed.
  • Three current letters of recommendation on letterhead from professional, academic and/or business sources who can attest to your potential as a helping professional with the athlete population.
  • An admissions interview may be required via in-person or telephone.
  • Act 34 Clearance - Pennsylvania Criminal History Record
  • Act 151 Clearance - Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (requires 6 weeks to process)
  • Act 114 Clearance - Be sure to follow these instruction for PA Department of Human Services

Please mail all official correspondence to the following address:

Waynesburg University
Attn: Counseling Program
6000 Town Center Blvd., Suite 100
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Please mail or e-mail resume, personal statement and letters of recommendations to graduateprograms@waynesburg.edu.

Students whose native language is not English must also submit an official report of TOEFL scores or other proof of competency in English.

Waynesburg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, religion, age (over 40), or disability status as a Vietnam-era, qualified disabled veteran or other protected veteran, or status as a member of any other protected class under federal or state law in the educational programs or activities it offers, and is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Academic Curriculum

Courses for Degree Completion

Core Courses:

CNS505 Foundations of Counseling
CNS506 Lifespan Development
CNS507 Introduction to Mental Disorders
CNS508 Culture and Identity
CNS511 Counseling Theories
CNS512 Counseling Techniques
CNS516 Theory and Techniques in Career Counseling
CNS517 Theory and Techniques in Group Counseling
CNS518 Research Design and Program Evaluation
CNS519 Professional Issues and Ethics
CNS525 Testing and Appraisal
CNS546 Psychopathology and Diagnosis
CNS557 Theories of Addiction and Recovery
CNS565 Practicum
CNS566 Internship I
CNS566 Internship II

Areas of Specialization

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CNS545 Advanced Techniques of Mental Health Counseling
CNS548 Family Counseling and Therapy
CNS556 Counseling Trauma Survivors
CNS559 Professional Issues of Mental Health Counseling

Advanced Specialty in Addictions Counseling

CNS527 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
CNS537 Addiction Counseling Techniques
CNS539 Addiction Stress & Trauma
CNS558 Family Therapy in Addiction

Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling

CNSSC 505 Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes
CNSSC 506 Sports Counseling Programming
CNSSC 507 Counseling and Advising Athletes with Death, Loss and Grief
CNSSC 555 Advanced Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes

Graduate Counseling

James Hepburn

Program Director for the Master of Arts in Counseling-Program Director for the Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Education-Professor of Psychology


Graduate Programs in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

Anthony Boone

Assistant Professor of Counseling


Counseling

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