Online Doctor of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.)
Mississippi College’s online Doctor of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.) degree is the first clinical doctorate to be developed for professional counselors. Much like the PsyD is distinct from a Ph.D., our doctoral program in counseling prepares professional counselors and psychotherapists for advanced clinical practice and leadership. Offered fully online, the professional counseling coursework cultivates professional knowledge and clinical skills in each student’s area of specialization.
This counseling program is designed for students to take four courses each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), while giving students the flexibility to adjust the academic schedule to accommodate their work and family environment. Courses in the professional counseling curriculum guide students to understand and produce increasingly complex theory, practice and research work. The capstone of this doctoral program is development of a Project Demonstrating Excellence. This project is not a dissertation, but evidence of advanced clinical skills demonstrated through a clinical case study.
Online Doctorate in Counseling Overview
When Mississippi College’s Counseling faculty designed the unique Doctor of Professional Counseling degree, they sought to offer counselors the opportunity to explore the research behind evidence-based counseling. Unlike most doctorate degrees in counseling, this online program focuses on clinical practice rather than counselor education and supervision.
Offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for professional counselors and psychotherapists, the weekly professional counseling courses provide the time and space to explore theory and research related to counseling. With the guidance of experienced faculty, students build on their clinical experience and national trends in mental health services with the ultimate goal of advancing knowledge and skills in conducting clinical case studies.
Professional Counseling Courses
The Doctor of Professional Counseling degree requires a minimum of 72 hours beyond an M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or other related professional degrees. Additional coursework may be required by the Doctoral Program Review Committee to address deficiencies in previous coursework.
The D.P.C. degree 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).
Integrating both theory and practice, the Professional Counseling courses include:
- Advanced Lifespan Developmental Processes
- Advanced Theories and Models of Counseling
- Advanced Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology
- Advanced Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
- Trauma: Impact, Assessment, and Treatment
- Advanced Group Dynamics and Contextual Factors in Counseling
- Psychotherapy Integration
- Advanced Systems Theory and Transformational Models
For a full list of doctoral counseling courses, please consult Mississippi College’s course catalog.
Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, education specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mississippi College.*
*This program is not accredited by CACREP.
Mississippi College understands that working professional counselors and psychotherapists are often juggling multiple responsibilities that include children, school activities, other extracurricular activities and more. Between the online format and the option for a summer, spring or fall entry, our students can take professional counseling courses in a way that suits their schedule over 6 semesters. However, we offer the flexibility needed for working adults to extend that timeline with professional counseling courses available in the fall, spring and summer terms.
Students have the benefit of a supportive academic community consisting of dedicated Mississippi College faculty and a cohort of professional peers. Even with the online format of the professional counseling courses, our doctoral students are immersed in the supportive MC community.
We seek doctoral students in counseling who are passionate about the practice of mental health or marriage and family therapy and seek to further their education.
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 is not required for an applicant with evidence of outstanding performance in a Master’s degree, post-master's degree or doctoral program.
Each applicant must submit to the Mississippi College Graduate Admission Department (P.O. Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058) a complete application consisting of the following elements:
- An application for admission with all required information.
- A $35.00 application fee (non-refundable; must accompany application).
- One copy of all official transcripts from previous college work and any transferable graduate credit. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for graduate work completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
- Documentation of a minimum of two (2) years of experience in professional counseling.
- A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential or eligibility for the equivalent of an LPC in the state in which the applicant will practice.
- An essay of 800 words describing personal and professional goals for seeking the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree.
- A professional resume detailing relevant experiences.
- Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can evaluate the candidate’s potential for success as a master counselor.
For more information regarding curriculum, format or outcomes of the online doctorate in counseling, please contact Dr. Amy Vlach Ph.D, LPC at email@example.com or Mrs. Randi Jarnagin at Jarnagin@mc.edu or 601-925-7800.
Please contact Mississippi College Graduate Admissions if you have any questions about the application process.
Earn your Doctorate in Professional Counseling
The Doctor of Professional Counseling degree at Mississippi College is a unique online doctoral program centering on professional counseling case studies and experiential learning. With the flexible curriculum, students grow as counseling professionals while balancing other life commitments. If you are searching for an online doctorate in counseling, contact Mississippi College today.