MS in Professional Counseling

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Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program is designed to prepare you to seek certification as a counselor. Read more about the Master of Science in Professional Counseling program at Grand Canyon University here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program can be taken online and is designed to meet the academic requirements of the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor credential and Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. You have the opportunity to learn about ethics, counseling theories, co-occurring disorders, group counseling theory and practice, issues related to social and cultural diversity, psychopharmacology, addictions, chemical dependency counseling, counseling skills, human growth and development, marriage and family therapy, research methods, psychopathology, and diagnostics, assessment, and treatment. You have a chance to conduct supervised field work through a pre-practicum course. This program also includes four practicum/internship courses that are intended to develop your counseling skills.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program, you must have your bachelor's degree and should be interested in helping others.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling program at Grand Canyon University consists of 60 credits. It includes 20 three-credit courses.

Professional Counseling Course Requirements

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

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you complete Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Professional Counseling program, you could seek employment in the counseling field. Your work might include assisting others with life issues. In addition to possibly being able to go into private practice, you could be able to work for a hospital, residential treatment center, for-profit organization, non-profit organization, or the government.

Positions you might be able to pursue include:

  • Associate counselor
  • Behavior disorder counselor
  • Family therapist
  • Marriage therapist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Professional counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • School counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor