What will I learn?

The M.S. in Counseling Psychology is a two-year cohort program that provides a foundation in counseling skills, assessment, and individual and group therapy. It offers students the opportunity to gain supervised practical experience in a formal practicum and internship.

Students learn how to understand client issues and needs in a variety of settings and then collaboratively put individually tailored intervention plans into action. An emphasis is placed on training multiculturally aware ethical practitioners. Graduates meet the core educational requirements for licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. In any given semester, for the duration of the program, students will be on campus two evenings a week from 6:00–10:00pm for classes.

The MS in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

I. Mission Statement: The mission of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program is to help meet mental health service needs by providing quality graduate-level training to students interested in becoming licensed professional counselors.

II. Program Goals and Objectives: The goal of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program at RMU is to train students to become knowledgeable, skillful, ethical practitioners who will be able to help people in need of professional counseling services. The program assigns a high priority to meeting the educational and personal needs of its students and provides foundational and advanced training in the provision of psychotherapy and counseling using a practitioner-scholar model. The program emphasizes a practical, holistic approach to counseling psychology and promotes multimodal assessment, case conceptualization, treatment considerations, and an understanding of the power of the therapeutic relationship.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

  • Theories of Counseling
  • Foundations of Addiction
  • Grief & Bereavement

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $870 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2022


School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies

6001 University Boulevard,



15108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have an undergraduate education with English translation. English Language Scores - Testing for non-native English speakers: TOEFL - 79 iBT, 550 pBT all schools; IELTS - 6.5; Duolingo English Test (DET) – 100; PTE – 53.

For international students

The minimal admissions criteria include the following:

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology or related field
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA

English Language Scores:

Testing for non-native English speakers: TOEFL - 79 iBT, 550 pBT all schools; IELTS - 7.0; Duolingo English Test (DET) – 100; PTE – 53.

The application deadline for the M.S. in Counseling Psychology program is January 31. Please note that due to the pandemic, the application deadline has been extended to April 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Robert Morris University

RMU offers the best of a big research uni and a small college, where internationals can choose from multiple on-campus or fully online programs.

  • One of Pittsburgh’s top colleges
  • Four academic schools
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  • Over 30 fully online programs available

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