Degree Requirements: Master of Philosophy in Education (M.Phil.Ed.): Professional Counseling

This program involves an additional year of advanced study in the mastery of professional counseling, clinical assessment, and consultation services immediately following completion of the one-year Counseling and Mental Health Services M.S.Ed. Program, which requires a minimum of 10 CU’s. Consult the APHD Division Coordinator for further details about the M.S.Ed. Counseling and Mental Health Services Program. Students may choose to complete the PC program either full-time or at a slower pace through a part-time course of study. PC is a 10-course-unit program with a required oral clinical comprehensive examination and a written report of that examination.


An integral part of the learning experience is the completion of a 600-hour internship in a counseling setting. The nature of the internship will vary based upon the student’s interests. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with clinical experience on an ongoing basis during the course of their M.Phil.Ed. studies. The internship is arranged by mutual agreement of the student, the student’s academic advisor, the PC internship course instructor, and the supervisor at the field site (who must be at least a licensed master’s-level mental health professional). The student may or may not be compensated for services rendered under the internship experience. Performance in the internship must be rated as satisfactory via a first-semester evaluation process based upon the assessment of the student’s progress by the field site supervisor, the student’s academic advisor, and the PC program faculty. Satisfactory performance in the first half of the student’s coursework is a prerequisite for admission to the Oral and Written Clinical Comprehensive Examination for the M.Phil.Ed. degree.

Comprehensive Exam

The Oral Clinical Comprehensive Examination process for the M.Phil.Ed. program is designed to assess the student’s working knowledge of the three major themes of the program: (1) applied counseling/clinical services; (2) understanding of clients’ cultures and contexts; and (3) lifespan human development. The examination assesses the student’s competence in using and integrating applied skills in settings where counselors work. The clinical examination uses a case presentation format to evaluate the student’s level of competency as a counselor.