Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling & Master of Social Work
Here’s what it takes
The Moravian MACC-MSW dual degree with Marywood requires a total of 90 credits of coursework. By sharing credits you can finish in three years of full-time study as compared to 4 years if the degrees were taken separately. The MACC program is designed to meet the academic degree requirements in Pennsylvania for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). These academic requirements are outlined in PA Act 49.2.
Explore Marywood University
Explore Marywood’s Master of Social Work program at www.marywood.edu/ssw/grad/. They offer courses at their Marywood University campus, East Stroudsburg University, and just 15 minutes away from the Seminary at DeSales University.
Apply to both Moravian Theological Seminary and Marywood
In order to enter this dual degree program, you will need to apply and be accepted at both Moravian Theological Seminary (www.moravianseminary.edu/admissions/apply-now) and Marywood University (www.marywood.edu/admissions/applying).
Opening up about secrets and hurts takes courage and vulnerability. We think it is vital that counselors experience what it’s like to be on the receiving end of counseling and require that MACC students undergo 5-8 sessions of individual counseling prior to beginning the clinical experience.
Continuing Education Requirements
Each MACC student is required to participate in at least 4 continuing education programs. You get to choose which ones you attend—and there are lots to choose from.
The Clinical Experience
Good counseling work requires intellectually and emotionally strong and agile therapists, and, as a result, we take preparation for clinical work seriously. This program is not just an academic program. It is also a personal development program that helps you grow into your personal and professional identity so that you can withstand the rigors of the work. No student is guaranteed a site placement by how many courses they have taken. You are evaluated throughout at the program to determine readiness for clinical work. If you are studying full-time, you may begin clinical placements in a practicum setting in your second semester. Many students, though, do not start their clinical placements until they have more coursework under their belt and have had more time to absorb, reflect, and consider their growth and development at the Seminary.
Before you begin your MACC practicum and internship, you will meet with the Clinical Director to discuss areas of interest, skill development, and career goals. Most students interview at several sites before deciding where they want to do their clinical work. Students have chosen sites such as Valley Youth House, Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services, Luther Crest/Diakon, Penn Foundation, St. Luke’s Hospice, and DeSales University Counseling Center. You can also suggest potential sites of interest to the Clinical Director.
The Supervision and Peer Group classes that you must take concurrently with your clinical experience provide both supervisory and peer support to help you integrate and process experiences, learnings, and understandings. To graduate, you must complete at least 700 hours of supervised clinical experience, which meets the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Our MACC program is designed to meet the academic requirements in Pennsylvania for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). As with all other master programs in counseling, an additional 3000 post-graduate hours of LPC-supervised clinical work are required for Pennsylvania state licensure. Hours can be obtained in the 2 to 6 years following graduation while working as a counselor under the supervision of an LPC licensed supervisor.