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Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Requirements

Required Courses for All Options

Course Title Credits

CNS 505

Foundations of Counseling

3

CNS 506

Lifespan Development

3

CNS 507

Introduction to Mental Disorders

3
CNS 508

Culture and Identity

3
CNS 513

Counseling Theories

3
CNS 514

Counseling Techniques

3
CNS 516

Theory and Techniques in Career Counseling

3
CNS 517

Theory and Techniques in Group Counseling

3
CNS 518

Research Design and Program Evaluation

3
CNS 519

Professional Issues and Ethics

3
CNS 525

Testing and Appraisal

3
CNS 546

Psychopathology and Diagnosis

3
CNS 557

Theories of Addiction and Recovery

3
CNS 565

Practicum

3
CNS 566

Internship I

3
CNS 566

Internship II

3

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Course Title Credits

CNS 545

Advanced Techniques of Mental Health Counseling

3

CNS 548

Family Counseling

3

CNS 556

Counseling Trauma Survivors

3
CNS 559

Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

Addictions Counseling

Course Title Credits

CNS 527

Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances

3

CNS 537

Addiction Counseling Techniques

3

CNS 539

Addiction, Stress and Trauma

3
CNS 558

Family Counseling in Addiction

3

Advanced Specialty in Addictions Counseling Program

Professionals who are already working in addictions counseling may enroll in a 12 credit Advanced Specialty in Addictions Counseling. An Advanced Specialty in Addictions will be awarded by the University for individuals who have completed 12 credits in counseling. Individuals seeking an Advanced Specialty in Addictions Counseling must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and be currently employed as a counselor at an agency providing addictions counseling, and complete a formal application. Individuals who have a Master’s degree in counseling or related field are also eligible to enroll in the certification program, even if they are not currently employed in the addictions fi eld. Individuals seeking a Certification in Addictions Counseling must complete a formal application.

Admission Requirements

  1. Verification of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions must be provided.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Two letters of reference.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. Interview with graduate Counseling faculty.
  6. Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances. 

Required Courses 

Course Title Credits

CNS 527

Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances

3

CNS 537

Addiction Counseling Techniques

3

CNS 539

Addiction, Stress and Trauma

3
CNS 558

Family Counseling in Addiction

3

Advanced Specialty in Christian and Spiritual Counseling

In alignment with Waynesburg University’s emphasis on the connection between faith, learning, and serving, the Advanced Specialty in Christian and Spiritual Counseling trains students to gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to effectively and ethically integrate faith with the service-focused profession of counseling. This specialty is designed to train practicing counselors, counselors-in-training (post 60 credits), educators and/or other helping professionals, to address issues of religion and spirituality in a variety of counseling and ministry settings including, but not limited to: private practice, hospitals, community agencies, faith-based organizations, churches and chaplaincies.

Required Courses

Course Title Credits

CNS 509

Spiritual and Religious Values in Counseling

3

CNS 515

Theories and Techniques of Christian and Spiritual Counseling

3

CNS 547

Grief and Loss Counseling

3
CNS 555

Advanced Issues in Christian and Spiritual Counseling

3

Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling

The program is designed to meet practicing counselors, counselors-in-training (post 60-credits), educators, and/or helping professionals’ needs for an advanced or specialty area of training and development with the athlete population. The Advanced Specialty in Sports Counseling program 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.

Required Courses

Course Title Credits

CNSSC 505

Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes

3

CNSSC 506

Spots Counseling Programming

3

CNSSC 507

Counseling and Advising Athletes with Death, Loss, and Grief

3
CNSSC 555

Advanced Issues in Christian and Spiritual Counseling

3