Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Graduate Degree
School of Arts and Sciences
Three-Year Program


The Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program at Westminster College educates students in the fundamentals of counseling theory. This program trains professional counselors with a strong base on ethical behavior, counseling theories, and professional skills. Our aim is to help out students further develop their critical thinking, academic honesty, and commitment to the community in order to facilitate their personal growth.

Key Benefits

  • Our faculty is made up of licensed professionals who have been in the mental health community for several years.
  • Partnership with the International Psychotherapy Institute allows us to draw from the clinical expertise of its local, national, and international faculty for supervision, teaching, and specialized programming.
  • Our program is broadly based in clinical theories, yet offers the potential for an in-depth educational experience in psycho-dynamic theory and practice.
  • Intensive, individual and group supervision, providing optimal opportunities, mentoring, and support for emerging clinicians.
  • Scientist-practitioner model, helping students understand the relationships between theory, research, and practice related to effective mental health treatment.
  • Clinical internship placements and practicum sites are carefully selected to promote student learning and to facilitate community networking beneficial for future employment in the mental health field.
  • An entering graduate cohort of 15-18 students each year provides the opportunity for close, supportive peer relationships and attentive faculty mentors.
  • MSMHC courses and clinical training prepare students in effective counseling and assessment skills necessary for CMHC licensure and eventual employment in hospitals, agencies, and private practice settings.

How Long it Takes

This 3 year program requires 60 hours of graduate work.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

  • Practice in the field of counseling with a comprehensive understanding of ethical and professional behavior.
  • Establish a professional identity in a career as a professional counselor within a local community.
  • Articulate a fundamental knowledge of research, theory, and practice in the field of counseling from a broad range of clinical perspectives.
  • Engage in critical thinking skills and develop a heightened self-awareness.
  • Appreciate and practice counseling skills with an acute sensitivity to issues of diversity.
  • Seek professional consultation with colleagues and supervisors, facilitating engagement in a life long learning process.
  • Assess individuals, families, and groups using appropriate theory and skills and derive appropriate intervention strategies to help these clients resolve their problems of living.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling prepares students for clinical practice and potential licensure as a clinical mental health counselor (CMHC). Broad in scope, its focus and course work support a range of theoretical perspectives and potential practice with diverse treatment populations.

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Tuition and Fees

60 credits at $735/credit

$44,100 total tuition


Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadline

Fall 2017: February 1, 2017

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