Find your goodness. Earn your MSCP degree.

‘MSCP professors are dedicated. I’m lucky to learn from them, both as educators and role models.’ – Tim Robinson, MSCP ’07

APU offers Alaska’s only university-based program where you’ll complete full academic coursework required for your credential as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

We emphasize hands-on learning in a concise five-semester format for professional and personal development. Gain workplace-ready skills to enhance earning. Join a cohort of supportive peers.

You’ll graduate with practical knowledge in various treatment modes and a professional network that spans Alaska and beyond.

Personalize your learning with student-designed capstone projects investigating

  • prison-based fitness running for inmate well being
  • happiness and marriage
  • positive psychology’s role in helping adult children of alcoholics

Our faculty, your mentors.

Expect to integrate theory and practice from your earliest days as an MSCP student. Intentionally small class sizes foster personal development as well as student-faculty collaboration in areas like ethics, research and professional competence.

Our graduates are school-based and nationally certified counselors. They’re mental health clinicians and chemical dependency counselors. They pursue post-graduate credentialing in areas like art, play, and marriage and family therapy. And they achieve higher education, including the APU Psychology Doctorate program, the only degree of its kind in Alaska.

Required Courses

  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • Professional Counseling: Theory, Skills, and Practice I
  • Advanced Human Development
  • Professional Counseling: Theory, Skills, and Practice II
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Design and Principles of Research
  • Career and Lifestyle Counseling
  • Professional Seminar
  • Counseling Internship

Explore and Develop

Expect integrated theory and practice in a hands-on program that’s committed to each student’s personal development. You’ll train in a variety of counseling methods while you explore special interests to develop your own philosophy of counseling.

Application Date Requirements

February 15 for Fall


As a student in our department, you will receive hands on training for the 3rd fastest growing profession in America – Counseling.  Classes are dynamic and participatory, taking place outside of a formal classroom as often as inside. Students may find themselves hiking in the Chugach Mountains to investigate the relationship between nature and psychology, working in a village in Africa to personalize the meaning of service, or even training a horse for an Equine therapy senior project.

Counseling Psychology Department