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Program Director, Amy Vlach Ph.D., LPC


Earn Your Doctorate in Professional Counseling

The DPC at Mississippi College is the first clinical doctorate to be developed for professional counselors. Much like the PsyD is distinct from a PhD, our program prepares practitioners for advanced clinical practice and leadership in a variety of settings. It is an online program that focuses on advancing clinical and professional knowledge and skills in an area of specialization that is specific to each student. We are looking for students who are passionate about the practice of mental health or marriage and family therapy.

The DPC program is designed for students to take four courses each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), but is flexible to meet the needs of working professionals. Courses are designed to facilitate increasingly complex theory, practice, and research with solid foundations. The capstone of the program is development of a Project Demonstrating Excellence. This project is not a dissertation, but evidence of advanced clinical skills demonstrated through the completion of a clinical case study.

The Doctor of Professional Counseling requires a minimum of 72 hours beyond a M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or other related professional degree.  Additional coursework may be required by the Doctoral Program Review Committee to address deficiencies in previous coursework. 


·        Online courses

·        Spring and Fall Admissions

·        Experienced clinical faculty

·        Cohorts of supportive professional colleagues

·        Clinical specialization

·        Evidenced Based Practice

·        Psychotherapy integration

·        International learning opportunities

·        Clinical case study in leu of a dissertation

The MC Experience

Mississippi College understands that working adults are often juggling multiple responsibilities that include children, school activities, other extracurricular activities and more.

Students seeking a Doctoral degree in Professional Counseling can graduate with a degree after completing 72 hours of advanced coursework. The program can be completed over 6 semesters. However, we offer the flexibility needed for working adults. Courses are available online in the fall, spring and summer terms.

If you are searching for a Doctoral degree in counseling, contact Mississippi College today and speak with an admissions representative who is ready to answer your questions.

 Coursework for DPC

he Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program is a course of studies in theory and practice. The doctoral program consists of several components: Core Courses (27 semester hours); Application Courses (12 semester hours); Specialization Courses (12 semester hours); Clinical Courses (15 semester hours); and Concluding Courses (6 semester hours).  

  • Advanced Professional Career and Lifestyle Planning
  • Professional Identity and Ethical Practice
  • Professional Growth and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Advanced Research
  • Advanced Lifespan Developmental Processes
  • Advanced Theories and Models of Counseling
  • Advanced Psychopharmocology and Neurobiology
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
  • Evidenced Based Practice: Clinical Application of Research
  • Trauma: Impact, Assessment, and Treatment
  • Advanced Group Dynamics and Contextual Factors in Counseling
  • Psychotherapy Integration
  • Advanced Case Conceptulization 
  • Advanced Systems Theory and Transformational Models
  • Planning, Consultation and Leadership
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Specialization Seminars I-IV
  • Project Demostrating Excellence

Contact Information

For more information regarding about the curriculum, format, or outcomes please contact Dr. Amy Vlach or Dr. Maria Chapman at  or by phone at 601-925-7800. Please contact Graduate Admissions at or at 601-925-7715 if you have any questions about the application process.

Apply Today

The DPC enrolls new students in Fall and Spring semesters. We encourage applicants to apply online at We require official copies of all transcripts of previous college work, copies of your credentials such as your license (LPC, LMFT, LCSW), three letters of recommendation, and a professional portfolio showcasing your experience and accomplishments. The GRE or standardized admission test may be waived for an applicant with evidence of outstanding performance in a Master’s degree, post-Master’s degree, or doctoral program.

The Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  The program is not accredited by CACREP.  There is no assurance that a clinical doctorate will meet the CACREP standards for a research-based doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, which is currently the only doctoral-level accreditation.