Master of Science in Community Psychology

Effect social change

The Alverno Community Psychology Master of Science in Community Psychology (MSCP) program prepares aspiring Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) to address community issues, blending counseling with social justice. Open to all genders, our program teaches you to engage with your community and organizations as you learn the connections between community well-being and the well-being of individuals therein.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for Wisconsin’s Counselor in Training (LPC-IT) credential. Once your post-graduate supervised practice hours are complete, you’ll be ready for the National Counseling Exam to achieve your LPC license.

MSCP Fast Facts

  • Program length averages between 2.5 and 3 years.
  • Our flexible program format allows you to work closely with your advisor to develop a plan that meets your lifestyle with weekend and evening classes.
  • Requirements to apply are a bachelor's degree in any field and the ability to think critically and write at a graduate level.
  • Accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
A Master of Community Psychology student

About the Program

The MSCP curriculum provides an in-depth approach to the study of psychology and counseling within the context of community. You’ll learn the foundations of both community psychology and community counseling.

Your courses will cover such topics as culturally-engaged counseling; research, evaluation and statistics; professional ethics; trauma counseling; and more. You’ll learn how to systematically inquire into relevant counseling practice and to conduct assessments that lead to accurate diagnosis and treatment plans.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll take part in service learning, practicum and internship experiences. Engagement with the community through mindful and relevant interactions is a cornerstone of our educational philosophy.

Ashley, Alverno MSCP Graduate

The Community Psychology program at Alverno is engaging, intense and impactful. Showing up to a room full of individuals who truly and genuinely want better for the world, in an environment that cultivates constant self-reflection leading to inevitable evolution, was an experience that cannot be matched.

Program Outcomes

Throughout the program, you’ll be challenged to demonstrate your understanding of five core outcomes that will guide your coursework, as well as your career in community psychology. They are:

The Alverno Difference

Alverno’s MSCP program stands out by prioritizing the individual needs of each student. Our program is designed to offer maximum flexibility, allowing you to customize your learning experience to suit your lifestyle.

You'll thrive in our small classes led by dedicated faculty mentors who have deep experience in community psychology and will personally guide you through coursework.

At Alverno, you’ll find an empowering, supportive environment that will equip you to be an effective counselor while deeply engaging the important social issues that affect people every day.

An MSCP student shakes hands with a client

Funding Your Education

60 credits  |  $900 per credit hour

Opportunities for Financial Aid
Tuition Reimbursement
  • Your employer may provide tuition reimbursement, minimizing the cost to you. Ask your HR department if you are eligible.
Payment Plans
  • We will work with you to develop a payment plan that fits your budget.
Email or call 414-382-6262 to discuss funding your education.

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Alverno College has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7133. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Alverno College is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.