Alvernia University

School of Graduate & Adult Education

Master of Arts in Community Counseling


400 Saint Bernardine Street

Reading, PA 19607

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Alvernia University offers the Master in Arts in Community Counseling program at our two convenient locations - Main Campus and Philadelphia Center.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Community Counseling program for adult students committed to upholding the highest standards in professional mental health and addictions counseling. The MACC program prepares you to address complicated issues of social justice and healthy functioning with an approach that combines theory, technique and hands-on practical experiences. As you build a solid foundation in traditional and contemporary counseling topics, you’ll discover how your actions can create positive changes. In all, you’ll acquire a broad range of skills, tools and knowledge that prepares you for advanced counseling practice. Our MACC students bring diverse educational and experiential backgrounds to our program. Some have recently completed their undergraduate studies while others are returning to college after years in the workplace. We offer small class sizes and exceptional support before, during, and after your graduate studies to help you continue to learn and grow. With three semesters a year, our MACC program lets you complete your coursework at a fast pace without sacrificing quality. Most students take two classes per semester, and with summer classes, finish their degree requirements within three years. The program operates on a modified cohort model, with flexibility to make adjustments to your schedule if necessary. Classes are specifically scheduled to accommodate the needs of a working student with a busy lifestyle. The MACC program of study provides students with the opportunity to explore personal interest areas within the content of coursework. As such, students create a unique academic experience. Our small class sizes help ensure you'll receive personalized learning and attention. In a collaborative learning environment, faculty guide students through repeated practice of counseling skills and techniques ensuring mastery through a developmental approach. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll have the opportunity to practice those skills under supervision in your practicum and internship experiences. You’ll be taught by practicing licensed mental health professionals, with years of experience in the field. The MACC faculty expertise represents a variety of theoretical approaches to counseling. You will be exposed to these approaches, but encouraged to develop your own personal theory of counseling. Your classes will emphasize theory, counseling techniques, ethical practice, case examples, and counseling simulations.


The Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) has approved many of Alvernia’s Community Counseling courses for credits for Certified Addiction Counselors. Students need to contact the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board to determine the exact requirements for post-degree licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania or any state in which the student seeks licensure. The MACC program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 51 to 60 credits

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $600 USD

Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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