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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Check out our new accelerated sequence for the counseling master's programs, concentrating in either clinical mental health counseling (PDF) or school counseling (PDF). This plan of study allows students who start in the summer semester to complete the entire 60-credit program, including the year-long internship/practicum, in a little over two years. Students take four courses per term on average, which are primarily offered in the evenings, with some online and hybrid courses.

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MAT and GRE exams are no longer required for admission into this program

Degree Overview

Clinical mental health counseling involves the application of the principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, psychopathology, and intervention/treatment planning. This three-year master’s level program prepares professionals for counseling positions in a wide variety of settings such as community mental health centers and residential treatment facilities. The applications are relevant to individuals, couples, children, families and groups for the purposes of treating psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health. Students take required courses emphasizing core skills and two elective courses. This program of study offers students the opportunity to apply for licensure in mental health counseling (LMHC).

Requirements and Curriculum

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

Career Opportunities

Program graduates have the opportunity to apply for licensure in clinical mental health counseling (LMHC). Past graduates of the program have been employed at:

  • Community Health Link
  • You Inc.
  • LUK Crisis Center
  • Henry Heywood Hospital
  • The Bridge
  • Counseling & Assessment Clinic
  • Perkins
  • Private practices

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation (References must be from professional sources, and one must be an academic reference.)
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words) describing goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate prerequisites:
    • Developmental Psychology (or equivalent)
    • Statistics, Psychological Statistics or Applied Statistics for Counselors


Hybrid and on-campus courses offered in the evenings.

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 3 years (2 years when students begin in the summer semester), you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Costs/Credits

Visit Student Accounts' tuition and fees page for current program costs for this 60-credit graduate program.

Program Highlights

  • Coursework consistent with requirements for LMHC licensure
  • Exposure to faculty with both practical and academic backgrounds in the field
  • Exposure to a wide range of theoretical orientations and techniques
  • Practical experience through 100 clock hours of course related practicum prior to 600 clock hours of internship


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