Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Application Deadline

February 1st

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


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Become part of one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S. Join our established program and prepare yourself for a dynamic career as a mental health counselor. Small class sizes and close interaction with our esteemed faculty will prepare you to enhance your professional development in various mental health counseling capacities.

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What you will study: 

Our CACREP and NCATE accredited Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare students with the listening, problem solving, diagnosis, treatment planning and case consultation skills needed for a successful future in the field. The program consists of 60 credits, which allows students to create relationships with area leaders for future opportunities, see the skills, theories, and ethics being utilized in the practice.

  • CPS 502 - Race, Gender, and Class Issues in Counseling, credit: 3
  • CPS 503 - Psychological Foundations: Personality, credit: 3
  • CPS 504 - Psychological Foundations: Development, credit: 3
  • CPS 505 - Psychological Foundations: Psychopathology, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

I always wanted to help people. Once I had some classes under my belt and started my practicum and had my own clients, I absolutely loved it. It really fits my personality and what my interests are.
Jaleh Mohammadi, M'12

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Learning outcomes: 

Graduates of our program will be prepared to work as licensed, professional, mental health counselors in a variety of settings. The Mental Health Counseling program satisfies the state educational requirements leading toward professional licensure and prepares students to sit for a licensing exam. Students interested in becoming a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor can also take additional coursework to prepare for the state exam.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mental Health Professional

Our degree program in clinical mental health counseling recently obtained accreditation from the discipline’s standards-setting organization, with this national recognition opening new avenues of employment and other benefits for graduates.
Our School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript(s)
GPA of at least 3.0
GRE scores
Department interview
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
$65 application fee