Online Graduate Certificates in Counseling

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Advance your career in the helping professions.

Prepare to make a difference in the lives of others.

Are you driven to support and inspire others through a career in counseling? Do you already hold a bachelor’s degree but would like to focus your interests so you’re better able to serve? A graduate certificate in Counseling will help you reach your goal.

Choose from seven concentrations that lead to unique careers, all offered 100% online through PennWest’s highly regarded Global Online program.

You’ll be mentored by expert faculty who are committed to providing you with additional knowledge and a developmentally sound academic experience. Upon completion, you will have the skills you need to become an effective leader and practitioner.

7 concentrations

The nation's first online graduate program in Sports Management.

Flexible and Affordable

Months of full-time study is all it takes to complete your degree. You can also choose to complete your degree part-time while you continue to work in your current role.

Act 48

Credits may be utilized as ACT 48 continuing education units and be applied toward Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) continuing education requirements.

Fast Facts

Nationally Ranked

Rated a Top Program in the Northeast by Best Counseling Degrees


Varies by concentration


100% online


Graduate Admissions


Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling
Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Counseling
Substance Use Disorder - Level 1
Substance Use Disorder - Level 2
Student Affairs Practice
Brain-Based Trauma Recovery
Sports Counseling and Student Athlete Mental Wellness

Careers and Salaries

Why Earn a Counseling Certificate at PennWest?

All certificate programs at PennWest are built on the foundation of our renowned graduate training in Counseling, which consistently receives national recognitions for excellence and affordability:

  • Rated a Top Program in the Northeast by Best Counseling Degrees.
  • Ranked #4 among the 10 Best Deals in Online Master’s in School Counseling Degree Programs by the higher education website, Great College Deals.
  • Ranked #6 in the nation for Best Master’s Degrees in Student Affairs and College Counseling by the educational website, Best Counseling Degrees.

Graduate Outcomes

The demand for counselors is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.Approximately 43,600 job openings for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors are projected each year over the next decade. As a counseling professional, you may work in a wide variety of settings, including outpatient and residential mental health centers, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, prisons, schools, businesses and governmental agencies.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Essay

Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution
  • Interview

Substance Use Disorder - Level 2 Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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