MSMHC Students

About the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Program

The CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students using the fundamentals of counseling theory and practice in an experiential and interpersonal learning environment. Our aim is to train professional counselors with a sound foundation in ethical behavior, counseling theories, contemporary research, and professional skills, creating a knowledge base and capacity for thinking that can be translated into effective counseling practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds. We strive to guide our students to become more self-aware and self-reflective as they hone their intellectual, interpersonal, and counseling skills. We encourage critical thinking, emphasize professional integrity, and foster a commitment to mental health advocacy as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Program Objectives

  • Students will understand counselor professional identity and demonstrate skill in applying ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the awareness, knowledge, and skills to counsel clients from diverse backgrounds.
  • Students will be able to apply theories of human development to clients’ needs and issues.
  • Students will have knowledge of career assessment and planning principles and theories.
  • Students will demonstrate skills necessary to be an effective counselor while applying a theoretical approach.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to facilitate psychoeducational and process groups.
  • Students will be able to select and interpret assessment measures (i.e., academic/educational, career, personality, diagnostic, and developmental).
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate research in a manner that informs counseling practice.

Annual Reports and Program Data

Prospective Students

Financial Aid

General Program Information (Admissions Criteria, Methods of Instruction, Minimum Degree Requirements, Matriculation Requirements, and Curriculum Map)


Meet the Faculty

Ellen Behrens, Ph.D

Ellen Behrens, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Jordan Briggs

Jordan Briggs

Program Administrator

Trevor Earl

Trevor Earl

Adjunct - Master of Professional Counseling

Anna Lieber

Anna Lieber

Adjunct - Master of Professional Counseling

Amy Miner

Amy Miner

Adjunct - Master of Professional Counseling

Nancy Pratt

Nancy Pratt

Adjunct - Master of Professional Counseling

Alex White

Alex White

Adjunct - Master of Professional Counseling


Contact Admissions

For questions and information related to admissions, please contact the program's enrollment coordinator in the Graduate Admissions Office.

Site Supervisors

If you are a site supervisor for practicum students or interns, check out your online orientation and trainings.