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Master of Arts (MA) in Community Counseling

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Community Counseling Master of Arts | Argosy University, Chicago Pursue your Community Counseling degree at Argosy University, Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The MA in Community Counseling degree program integrates theoretical and conceptual foundations of professional counseling with training in appropriate client intervention and advocacy skills. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/chicago-downtown/counseling-psychology-and-social-sciences-4/master-of-arts-in-community-counseling

Program Information

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The Argosy University, Chicago Community Counseling degree program is designed to provide students with a sound foundation for the practice of community counseling, with a multifaceted focus on developmental and preventive mental health services.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Community Counseling degree program introduces students to the basic skills of counseling, integrating individual, group, family, and organizational interventions. This Argosy University, Chicago master’s degree program emphasizes development of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills required for the ethical provision of quality professional counseling services.

For academic year 2014-2015, there were 42 graduates of Argosy University, Chicago’s Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling program. Approximately 66% of graduates passed the licensure exam on their first attempt. Of the admitted students, 70% graduated from the program in the expected time period and 64.7% of graduates actively seeking jobs were employed within 6 months of graduating.

Career Outcomes
The Argosy University, Chicago Community Counseling program is designed to prepare you for specialized career options providing:
• individual and group counseling
• case management
• professional consultation
• supervision

You will be prepared to pursue work in a variety of settings, including community agencies, government mental health services, hospitals and clinics, and private practices.

Program Objective
The Argosy University, Chicago master’s in Community Counseling degree program is committed to preparing students to pursue a professional career as master’s-level counseling practitioners who can function ethically and effectively with demonstrated knowledge of social and cultural diversity.

Convenient Program Formats
Classes for new students conveniently begin several times a year, allowing students to enter the program throughout the year. New classes start each fall, spring, and summer semester. Contact the Admissions Department for details concerning entrance times.

Eligibility for Licensure
Graduates of the Community Counseling degree program may wish to pursue licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Illinois.

CACREP Accreditation
The Argosy University, Chicago Master of Arts in Community Counseling degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can be contacted at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 535-5990 www.cacrep.org.

Enhance your career potential by enrolling in the Argosy University, Chicago Community Counseling degree program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).
    • Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated program minimums may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the statement of academic and professional goals, the career summary, and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Such Admission must be recommended by the Admissions Committee and department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy".
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
  • Current résumé (or career summary).
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.

Course List

Core Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Community Counseling degree program complete seven Practicum Prerequisite courses, four Second Year core courses, and three Specialty courses to fulfill the Core Course requirements.

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following


Practicum Prerequisite Core Course Requirements* — Students Are Required to Take the Following


PC6000 - Counseling Theory


PC6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology


PC6104 - Counseling Skills I


PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues


PC6420 - Community Mental Health


PC6505 - Group Counseling


PC6700 - Couples and Family Counseling


Second Year Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following


PC6025 - Human Growth and Development


PC6511 - Social and Cultural Diversity


PC6521 - Research and Program Evaluation


PC6525 - Appraisal and Assessment


Specialty Course Requirements**—Students Are Required to Take the Following
PC6440 - Child and Adolescent Counseling


PC6600 - Career and Lifestyle Development


PC6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling


Core Course Requirements—42 Credit Hours



*The Practicum Prerequisite course requirements are generally completed during the first year of study and are considered to be a foundation for the other courses in the program.

**Students are expected to take at least one of these courses before practicum, or during the first term of their practicum according to the nature of the services and clientele of the training sites.

Practicum and Internship Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Community Counseling degree program are required to complete one semester of practicum and two semesters of internship.

Practicum and Internship Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


PC6410 - Counseling Practicum


PC6415 - Counseling Internship


Practicum and Internship Requirements — 6 Credit Hours



  PC6415 - Counseling Internship is repeated for two semesters for a total of 4 credit hours.

Recommended Course Sequence

All coursework is scheduled according to a specific sequence. Students should make every effort to follow the recommended sequence depending on the semester of entry to the program. The course sequence can be obtained through the Admissions Department,  faculty advisor, student advisor, or the department chair. The information is also available at the department webpage at http://www.auconnection.net/chicago/.

Field Training Requirements (Practicum and Internship)

According to the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), students in the MA Community Counseling degree program are required to complete at least 100 hours of practicum (40 direct counseling hours and 60 indirect hours), and 600 hours of internship (240 direct counseling hours and 360 indirect hours.) Students may complete all their field training in one training site. During the time of clinical training, students are required to be supervised by a licensed clinician at site, and to be individually supervised by an Argosy University supervisor during practicum; they must also attend practicum and internship seminars.

Detailed information about practicum and internship, related application process and requirements can be found in the Practicum and Internship Manual at http://www.auconnection.net/chicago/.

Eligibility for Practicum and Internship

All students who enter the practicum/internship application process must:

  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA at least 3.0 or above;
  • Have completed all prerequisites
  • Have been a fully matriculating degree-seeking student at Argosy University, Chicago for a minimum of one year (two semesters) prior to beginning the practicum;
  • Pass faculty review and obtain permission for the Clinical Training Director
Comprehensive Examination

All MA in Community Counseling degree program students are required to successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination. The knowledge tested by the examination covers all material from all MA in Community Counseling degree program courses. The Comprehensive Examination is generally held three times a year. Students must have successfully completed all required coursework, with the exception of practicum, and be in good standing to be eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam. Additional information regarding petition process, registration, qualification, format, and dates of the exam are available in the department webpage in http://www.auconnection.net/chicago/ or can be obtained from department personnel.

Students are allowed to take the Comprehensive Examination a total of three times. Students who fail the Comprehensive Examination receive information from the department chair concerning their performance on the examination and assistance from faculty in acquiring experiences and learning aimed at enabling them pass the exam.

Student At Large Status

Students are allowed to take up to three courses in the MA Community Counseling degree program curriculum as a student-at-large (SAL). Some courses relating to the clinical skills of counseling may be restricted depending on the student's prior education. The following seminars and clinical training courses are excluded for SALs:

Excluded Courses

PC6104 - Counseling Skills I 

PC6410 - Counseling Practicum

PC6415 - Counseling Internship

Course/Credit Transfer


Transfer of Courses/Credit to the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Degree Program from the Master of Arts in Community Counseling Degree Program

Argosy University, Chicago currently recognizes the following courses as transfer course credit hours from the MA in Community Counseling degree program into the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program:

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Degree Program

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Degree Program

PC6505 - Group Counseling PP8060 - Group Psychotherapy  
PC6700 - Couples and Family Counseling PP8050 - Family and Couples Therapy 
PC6511 - Social and Cultural Diversity Diversity Elective
PC6440 - Child and Adolescent Counseling PP8175 - Child and Adolescent Therapy 
PC6104 - Counseling Skills I PP7365 - Clinical Interviewing 
Transfer of Courses/Credit from Other Institutions

In each program at Argosy University, Chicago, the requirements to successfully complete certain courses may not be met by transfer of credit hours based on coursework from other institutions. The following are non-transferable courses in the MA in Community Counseling degree program:

Non-Transferable Courses


PC6410 - Counseling Practicum
PC6415 - Counseling Internship

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