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Majors & Degrees

Professional Counseling

Mississippi College’s one-of-a-kind doctor of professional counseling (DPC) program gives candidates the opportunity to develop new skills that apply to their counseling practices in the real world.

The program allows doctoral candidates to choose an area of mental health service in which they are interested – for example, marriage and family counseling, addiction therapy, or treatment of eating disorders – and then craft their degree program around that interest.

This clinical program is open to professional counselors and psychotherapists interested in developing unique counseling niches through specialization. Candidates must hold an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) credential or eligibility for an LPC in the state in which they will practice.

A Groundbreaking Program in Mental Health Education

Launched in 2012, the Mississippi College DPC was the first program of its kind in the United States. As its graduates become leaders and experts in niche areas of practice, the program is leading to the development of new specialties in mental health care.

Classes are conducted online; through online instruction, the program enrolls doctoral candidates worldwide

Course Components

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).

Applicant Requirements

The Doctor of Professional Counseling requires a M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or another related professional degree. More information about admission requirements can be found at the link below.

Admission Requirements

Innovative Instruction

Students participate in online courses on a weekly basis; gain practical experience through research and virtual experiential activities; and collaborate with expert faculty and peers nationally and internationally.

One of the most unique aspects of the DPC program is that instead of a research-oriented dissertation, students prepare and present an advanced clinical case study in the area of their specialization.


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.

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