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MS in Professional Counseling

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates for a career in counseling fields, such as substance abuse counseling and professional counseling. The degree program does not include licensure. Learn more about Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Professional Counseling

School Offering Program:

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants interested in applying to Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling should contact an admissions representative to inquire about requirements not listed in the general admissions guidelines. The general admissions guidelines state that applicants with a bachelor's degree must have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applicants must also have at least two years of work experience. The Master of Science in Professional Counseling can also admit students who hold a graduate degree. Some prospective students may be admitted on a probationary basis if they fail to meet the minimum GPA required.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program is a 60-credit hour program of study designed to meet licensing requirements in the state of Arizona. The program's curriculum meets requirements set forth by the 'Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. Prospective students who plan to enroll in the degree program but want to practice in their home state should check their respective state's licensing and certification requirements as they can vary. The Master of Science in Professional Counseling ends with a series of internships that require students to complete a number of contact hours in the counselor role. These internships are supervised by a faculty member or a supervisor who has been approved by GCU.

Learning Format:

Campus or Online

Total Credits Required:

60 credits

Financial Aid:

Grand Canyon University's students may be eligible for various financial aid options, including federal grants; military aid; and federal, state, and private lending programs. Interested students should complete the FAFSA and will then have the opportunity to work with one of Grand Canyon University's Financial Aid Advisors.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Professional Counseling:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program. Some courses and programs may not be available at all campuses.

Required Courses

  • PCN 500: Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • PCN 505: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PCN 509: Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 511: Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 515: Counseling Skills in Helping Relationships (3 credits)
  • PCN 518: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • PCN 520: Group Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PCN 521: Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • PCN 523: Tests and Appraisal in Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 525: Career Development and Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 527: Psychopharmacology & Addictions (3 credits)
  • PCN 529: Co-occuring Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 540: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PCN 605: Psychopathology and Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 610: Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment (3 credits)
  • PCN 615: Pre-Practicum (3 credits)
  • PCN 660A: Practicum/Internship I (3 credits)
  • PCN 660B: Practicum/Internship II (3 credits)
  • PCN 660C: Practicum/Internship III (3 credits)
  • PCN 660D: Practicum/Internship IV (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Completing a master's degree program in counseling is only one step in the process of becoming a professional counselor. Graduates of Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program must also complete the licensure process for the state in which they plan to work. Once a graduate has been awarded a license, he or she can search for employment with community health organizations, hospitals, and day treatment programs. Many professional counselors choose to open their own private practice. The place of employment may be determined by an area of interest with the field. For example, school counselors are primarily employed by schools.

Positions that graduates can pursue include:

  • Licensed associate substance abuse counselor
  • Licensed associate counselor
  • Licensed independent substance abuse counselor
  • Licensed professional counselor

Grand Canyon University does not guarantee employment or salary.

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