Graduate Certificate in Military Counseling

The Graduate Certificate in Military Counseling​ gives behavioral healthcare providers the capacity to expand their practice to service members, veterans and their families. It also opens the door for practitioners who might wish to work with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, all branches of the armed forces, reserve forces and the National Guard.

The objective of military counseling is to provide care to serving members of the military and to counsel those in need of behavioral healthcare. Common counseling includes mental health issues and the treatment and prevention of substance abuse.

The certificate does not confer a degree, but applicants must have a master’s degree in a related discipline before beginning the certificate program.

Credit Requirements

Earning the certificate requires the completion of four courses for 12 graduate credits or 140 continuing education, non-credit units. Before registering, students can choose to complete the certificate for graduate-level credit or as non-credit continuing education courses. Review Temple’s graduate bulletin for more information.

Who might be interested?

The Military Counseling Certificate (Graduate) complements the services provided by counselors, pastoral counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other clinical practitioners.


Coursework consists of two required courses and two electives. Required courses include

  • Military Culture: The Service Member, Veteran and Family in the Social Environment; and
  • Military Healthcare, Policy and Community Response.

Electives include in-depth explorations of addiction, assessment techniques, counseling strategies and grief for military personnel and their families.

Laptop Requirement

Laptops are integrated into the curriculum at the School of Social Work to improve opportunities for active learning and provide greater access to specialized software and required tools in and out of the classroom. Incoming students are required to have a laptop that meets certain minimum hardware specifications. Review full laptop requirements.

Admissions Information

You must hold a baccalaureate degree. You should also hold a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university in a related field of study such as

  • counseling,
  • pastoral counseling,
  • psychiatry,
  • psychology or
  • social work.

Application Components

To submit an application, please forward the following to the School of Social Work.

  • A statement of interest
  • Three letters of reference
  • Graduate transcript(s)

Application Deadline

Fall and spring admissions are on a rolling basis.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


Additional Program Information