Abington announces accelerated master’s degrees in clinical, school counseling

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ABINGTON, Pa. — Penn State Abington and Moravian University have announced the creation of a pathway to careers in clinical and school counseling that is designed to fit the needs of today’s students while saving them time and money.

The program will allow Abington students earning a bachelor of science degree in rehabilitation and human services (RHS) and/or psychological and social sciences (PSS) to obtain pre-admission to the Moravian master of arts in clinical counseling or school counseling programs.   

RHS and PSS students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average can apply to Moravian. If provisionally admitted to the master's program, Abington students will be eligible to take up to 15 credits tuition-free in master's-level coursework in either the clinical counseling or school counseling programs at Moravian.  

“We are delighted to embark on this new partnership with Moravian University in a growing field. Penn State Abington is the University's most diverse campus with over 40% of our students identifying as first-generation college students and over 50% of our students coming from underrepresented backgrounds. I am a first-generation college graduate who benefited from a similar pathway program that prepared me from my bachelor’s degree to my master’s degree,” said Nicole Stokes, division head for Social Sciences, Business, and Education.

“Pathway programs provide qualified students with an opportunity to save both time and money toward achieving their academic and career goals. This is an exciting time for both of our institutions,” Stokes added.

“This program with Penn State Abington offers their undergraduate students an excellent way to get started on a master’s degree in a field they care about, all while completing their coursework at Abington,” said Freda Ginsberg, dean of the School of Behavioral & Community Health at Moravian. “We know the demand for mental health professionals is urgent, and we’re confident programs like this will help fill the need within the community.”

For more information on the programcontact Michael Lavetsky, RHS program chair, at [email protected]

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,100 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 25 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more. 

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