Academic Catalog

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Application
  • Official transcripts from institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • School of Counseling Application Supplement Form.
  • Interview will be required for applicants who meet admission criteria.

Applications to the master's program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. For applicants who have complete application materials on file and who are selected for an interview, admission interviews usually begin in January for fall admission cohort and September for spring admission cohort. New admits will not be accepted once the program reaches cohort capacity.

Program Requirements  

This course of study focuses on knowledge and skills related to clinical mental health counseling culminating in the opportunity to obtain professional counselor licensure and employment in the mental health field, such as mental health agencies, private practice, and college counseling centers.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has conferred accreditation on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Educational Foundations - 9 credits

  • 5600:601 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3 credits)
  • 5600:646 Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)  
  • 5600:648 Individual & Family Development Across the Life-Span (3 credits)

Required Core Courses - 20 credits

  • 5600:600 Professional Orientation & Ethics (2 credits)
  • 5600:635 Introduction to Clinical Counseling (2 credits)
  • 5600:643 Counseling: Theory & Philosophy (3 credits)
  • 5600:645 Tests & Appraisal in Counseling (3 credits)
  • 5600:647 Career Development & Counseling Across the Life-Span (3 credits)  
  • 5600:651 Techniques of Counseling (3 credits)                           
  • 5600:653 Group Counseling (4 credits)

Program Electives - 3 credits (choose at least one course from the following list)

  • 5600:620 Issues in Sexuality for Counselors (3 credits)   
  • 5600:621 Counseling Youth At Risk (3 credits)   
  • 5600:622 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 credits)   
  • 5600:640 Counseling Adolescents (3 credits)   
  • 5600:655 Marriage & Family Therapy: Theory & Techniques (3 credits)    
  • 5600:660 Counseling Children (3 credits)   

Clinical Counseling Specialty Courses - 28 credits

  • 5600:662 Personality and Abnormal Behavior (3 credits)   
  • 5600:664 DSM (3 credits)
  • 5600:666 Treatment in Clinical Counseling (3 credits)   
  • 5600:674 Prepracticum in Counseling (2 credits)
  • 5600:675 Practicum in Counseling (5 credits)
  • 5600:714 Evaluation of Mental Status (3 credits)   
  • 5600:732 Addiction Counseling I: Theory & Assessment (3 credits)   
  • 5600:685 Master's Internship (3 credits)   
  • 5600:685 Master's Internship (3 credits)   

Students must receive a Pass grade on the Master’s Comprehensive Examination.

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Degree: 60