College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

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Arcadia’s Graduate Program in Counseling (GPC) is one of the most awarded programs in the local region. 

Program Philosophies 

  • Training in evidence-based counseling 
  • Comprehensive multicultural training, including labs
  • Emphasis on self-care to ensure career sustainability 
  • Mentoring in career development to find your unique place in the field
  • Culture of feedback designed to improve program change and foster advocacy skills

Program Strengths

  • Accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)
  • Wide variety of specialty concentrations offered  
  • Small classes that allow for skill-based instruction
  • Flexible pace of the program that you can adapt to your life 
  • Close relationships with faculty instructors
  • Comprehensive mentoring program (faculty mentoring, program advising, peer mentoring)
  • Supportive community atmosphere that facilitates learning, insight, and growth

Unique Opportunities

  • New student orientation to promote a growth mindset for graduate school
  • An accelerated program option to earn a degree in 21 months
  • Education about how to market yourself and develop a professional identity
  • Multiple opportunities to conduct or assist with counseling research
  • Students receive a $500 Arlene Snyder Professional Development Fund to attend conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities 
  • Up-to-date announcements of professional development opportunities and job listings 
  • Free annual workshop to prepare for the National Counselor Exam (NCE)


The GPC offers a limited number of scholarships ($1,000 to $5,000) based on applicants' merit and commitment to multiculturalism in counseling. Prospective students can apply for scholarships by completing an optional scholarship essay within the online application.   

Graduate Assistantships

The GPC offers several paid Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions each year, pending the availability of funding and open positions. Prospective students are encouraged to share their interest in pursuing GA positions during in-person interviews. Decisions about GA positions are based on merit (e.g., academic record and previous work experiences), as well as students’ interests.