Welcome to the Department of Counseling in Penfield College of Mercer University! We appreciate your interest in our programs. The Department of Counseling continues its development of leaders in the profession as counselors, educators and supervisors as well as educational researchers. The purpose of a counseling education is not only to provide students with a strong educational foundation, but also prepare counseling clinicians to effectively meet the mental health needs for the 21st century.

Our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds with diverse research interest to provide students with the best education possible. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, internships and thrive in rich research-based courses. Students have the opportunity to build their educational environment and succeed within and beyond the classroom.

The Department of Counseling offers five, flexible degree options to meet the needs of our graduate students. We offer Master of Science degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling and a dual Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Master of Divinity degree. We also offer a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can provide additional information about our department.


Karen D. Rowland, PhD. LPC, NCC
Chair, Department of Counseling
Associate Professor of Counseling