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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there graduate assistant positions?

Master's students can find a list of available graduate assistant positions throughout the university.

What are the program's majors?

The program offers a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) with specialization in the areas of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. We also have a Postmaster's Program that offers endorsement for Elementary (grades K-6) and Secondary (grades 7-12) School Counseling Certification, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in a counseling specialty area or the opportunity to obtain any needed credits for Counselor Licensure.

How is the program structured?

The master's degree in counseling is 60 credits. Sixty (60) graduate credits are required for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and in most states. In accordance with program's accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the program includes a 3 credit (100 clock hour) practicum and 6 credits (600 clock hour) internship, and these fieldwork requirements also satisfy the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most states.

What if I already have some graduate credits from another program?

A student may transfer in up to 12 credits of courses taken at another university. The student must have received a grade of B or better for the courses to qualify.

What if I already have a Master's Degree?

The Counselor Education Program has a Postmaster's option, which offers endorsement for Elementary (grades K-6) and Secondary (grades 7-12) School Counseling Certification, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in a counseling specialty area, and the opportunity to take additional graduate credits to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). (Please see "Post-Masters Program Procedures" on our webpage.)

Where is the program offered?

The Counselor Education Program is housed in the School of Education at Duquesne University, and is part of the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education (DCPSE).

When are classes offered?

Classes are offered during the weeknights. During the fall and spring semesters, the vast majority of the classes are from 6:00-8:40 pm. During the summer semester, classes are usually from 5:00-8:40 pm. We may offer a Saturday program beginning with the 2014-15 academic year depending upon applicant interest.

Will I be able to maintain my full time job while in the program?

Courses are offered in the evenings enabling many students to maintain half-time or full-time employment to accommodate the employed student.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Students may complete the program within 2 years, which involves completing 9-12 credits per semester for 2 fall semesters, 2 spring semester, and 2 summer semesters. Students have up to six (6) years to complete the master's program. Six credits per semester are considered full time, though a student may take more or less credits with advisor approval. No more than 12 credits can be taken in any semester.

How often are students admitted?

For fall semesters, on-line applications and application materials must be received by March 1.

For spring semesters, on-line applications and all application materials must be received by October 15.

On an average, how many students are admitted each semester?

We admit as many as 49 students for the fall semester, and 24 students for the spring semester. Ninety five percent achieve program candidacy.

What skills will a student develop?

Our students are trained in a number of counselor competencies, ranging from personal characteristics such as social responsibility and professional presentation, to clinical skills such as assessment, theoretical operations and ethical decision making, to case management and application of technology.

What are the admission requirements?

The official academic transcripts must show a quality point average equivalent to a 3.0 or better on a four- point scale overall or 3.0 for the last 48 credits earned including post graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate work. If not 3.0 or better, transcripts must show a quality point average equivalent of a minimum 2.8 on a four-point scale overall including post-graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate courses, AND a minimum score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants can substitute a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score for the MAT.

What is the admission process?

Apply on-line at on the M.S.Ed. Counselor Education page.  You will need to submit official academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate studies as part of the prescreening process. For further information you may contact the Counselor Education Program at (412) 396-1194.

There are three steps in the process to apply to the Counselor Education Program:

1) Prescreening Materials (to be submitted to Student and Academic Services in the School of Education along with application)

Official Academic Transcripts which must show a quality point average equivalent to a 3.0 or better on a four-point scale overall or 3.0 for the last 48 credits earned including post graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate work. If not 3.0 or better, transcripts must show a quality point average equivalent of a minimum 2.8 on a four-point scale overall including post-graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate courses, AND a minimum score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants can substitute a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score for the MAT.

2) Screening Materials (to be submitted to the Counselor Education Program only after Prescreening Materials have been accepted)

• Professional recommendation form

• Personal recommendation form

• Resume that outlines pertinent experience (could be job or volunteer related)

• Personal statement that includes the applicant's goals for the counseling profession.

3) Small Group Interview Once the above information is received, applicant may be invited to a small group structured student interview. Applicants who cannot attend the on campus group interview may request a phone interview by contacting Mrs. Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu.

Do I need to send anything else?

No. After the group interviews you will be advised of your status, either accepted or wait listed.

What are my financial aid options?

All financial aid matters are handled through the University's Financial Aid Office, (412) 396-6607.

What is the screening process?

Students enter the Counseling Program as a pre-candidate. Each semester, students are given complete information about how to become a Counselor Education Program candidate. Acceptance to candidacy includes attending a student orientation, taking 6 to 9 credits of screening courses, conducting field interviews and providing other information, all outlined in the Counselor Education Orientation, held at the beginning of the Fall and Spring Semesters.

What is CACREP?

All three of the master's programs within the Counselor Education Program are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation indicates that the Program has a rigorous curriculum and provides comprehensive fieldwork supervision. The regulations for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and certification for school counselors in most states is based on the CACREP model, and graduates of CACREP programs are better able to obtain licensure or certification when moving to other states. Some states require that applicants for licensure or certification have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Graduates of CACREP programs are able to apply to be a National Certified Counselor (NCC) while in the last semester of study; this can save the graduate two years of post-master's experience.

How do I get certified as a school counselor?

The school counseling major provides the necessary coursework and internship needed to be eligible for the Elementary (grades K-6) and Secondary (grades 7-12) School Counseling Certification. In addition to the program, the school counseling student must pass the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and the Praxis II-Professional School Counselor (0421). If students already have an instructional (teacher) certification they do not have to pass the PAPA.

How do I become a Licensed Professional Counselor?

The most accurate information about licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) can be obtained from Licensure Board for Professional Counselors. Our program is designed to meet the academic requirements for the LPC. Additional requirements for the LPC include passing the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and obtaining 3,000 clock hours of supervised experience by an eligible supervisor.

What does this degree prepare me to do?

This degree prepares the student to work in a number of school and mental health settings, including private practice, as a counselor and consultant, and to work in university settings, including admissions, advising, career services, residence life, etc.Is there a fieldwork component for the master's degree in counselor education?Is there a fieldwork component for the master's degree in counselor education?

Is there a fieldwork component for the master's degree in counselor education?

In accordance with CACREP requirements and the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania, students complete a 3 credit, 100 clock hour practicum, and a 6 credit / 600 clock hour internship. The practicum is completed in one semester. Students may complete the internship in one semester, or they have spread the 600 clock hours over two or even three semesters.

What makes the program special?

• CACREP accreditation

• Counselor education degree which is required for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in some states, including Ohio and Virginia. Graduates of counseling psychology programs cannot obtain the LPC in these states.

• Small to average class sizes

• Students have the option of full- or part-time matriculation. Full-time students may graduate within two years (2 fall, spring and summer semesters).

• Duquesne University has a national and growing reputation.

• The Counselor Education Program Faculty members are active practitioners and researchers who identify with the counseling profession.

• Students may select from various mental health agencies and school districts in choosing a fieldwork site.

• The university campus is adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh and yet has a distinct identity.

• Diverse student body