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 2014
Date of Report: November 2, 2015

Total Number of Graduates 38
Clinical Mental Health Graduates 33
Addictions Counseling Graduates 5
Completion Rate For All Graduates 83%
National Counselor Exam (NCE) Pass Rate 86%
NCE Pass Rate Clinical Mental Health Graduates 88%
NCE Pass Rate Addictions Counseling Graduates 50%
Job Placement Rate All Graduates - Addictions 100%
Job Placement Rate All Graduates - Mental Health 89%
Average Class Size 11


"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.

Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling (To begin Summer 2017)

Sports counseling and the specific counseling needs of athletes have been the focus of a number of authors for the past 40 years. These theoreticians and researchers have outline the developmental needs and concerns of student athletes and have advocated for related professional assistance. However, the practice of counseling student athletes preceded the development of preparation programs for educating counselors for this specific population. It was not until 1985 that competencies for athletic counseling were first outlined in the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors’ project Counselors of Tomorrow.

Sports counseling is a process that assists individuals in maximizing their personal, academic, and athletic potential. Sports counseling is accomplished through a proactive, growth-oriented, approach that incorporates the principles of counseling, career development, movement science, psychology, and lifespan human development. Counselors, educators, and other helping professionals should have specialized awareness, knowledge and skills beyond the basic counselor preparation as well as the ability to develop effective therapeutic relationships.

The Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling may meet the particular interests and needs of a significant sub-sector of counselors, educators, and other helping professionals who work with the athlete population. Such a program also can provide a preparation program for educating counselors, educators, and other helping professionals for working with this specific population. Finally, this program can nurture the growing diversity within the counseling and athletic professions.

The Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling is designed to meet practicing counselors, counselors-in-training (post 60-credits), educators and/or other helping professionals’ needs for an advanced or specialty area of training and development with the athlete population. The Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling will provide counselor training competencies in three core areas of study: (1) Foundations of Sports Counseling; (2) Contextual Dimensions of Sports Counseling; and (3) Knowledge and Skills for the Practice of Sports Counseling. Students will be prepared to work with youth, adolescent, young adult, or adult athletes across a variety of settings.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling summer-only cohort can expect to complete the requirements in one summer session (i.e., summer special session (4-week; CNSSC 505) and two 5-week sessions CNSSC 506, CNSSC 507, CNSSC 555).

Admissions Requirements

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

      • 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 forms.
      • Personal Statement and copy of resume
      • 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

Please mail all official correspondence to the following address:

Waynesburg University
6000 Town Center Blvd., Suite 100
Canonsburg, PA 15317

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 admits students without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry or ethnicity. It is the policy of Waynesburg University not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions policies, activities or employment.

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

Master of Arts in Counseling

Devon Manderino

Assistant Professor of Counseling


Counseling GAPS

Latest Counseling News

Waynesburg University ranked in top value counseling master’s degrees
Waynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have been ranked a top value in Pennsylvania based on data that was provided in part by the Co...
Continue Reading...
Graduate counseling student and professors to present at national conferences
A Waynesburg University Graduate Counseling Program faculty member, as well as a faculty-and-student team, recently had scholarly papers accepted for ...
Continue Reading...
Scholarly Achievements - Graduate and Professional Studies
Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination fo...
Continue Reading...