Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

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Graduate Degree
School of Arts and Sciences
Three-Year Program


The Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program provides an important theoretical framework and hands-on professional training for students interested in becoming professional mental health counselors. With a strong base of ethical behavior, counseling theories, and professional development, students graduate with a capacity for thinking that can be translated into effective counseling practice with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds. Clinical internships and practicum sites provide opportunities for students to apply what they learn, while cultivating relationships with licensed mental health professionals.

Who It's For

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is ideal for students who are interested in becoming professional mental health counselors. MSMHC courses and clinical training help students develop the skills necessary for CMHC licensure and employment in hospitals, agencies, and private practice settings.

Key Benefits

  • MSMHC faculty are licensed professionals who are actively engaged in the practice of mental health counseling.
  • The broadly based curriculum delves into many clinical theories, including cognitive behavior, psychodynamic, humanistic, and multicultural.
  • An entering cohort of 13–14 students each year provides the opportunity for close, supportive peer relationships and one-on-one mentoring from faculty.
  • Carefully selected clinical internship placements and practicum sites give you valuable hands-on experience and help you build a professional network in the mental health field.
  • Partnership with the International Psychotherapy Institute allows you to draw from the clinical expertise of professionals from around the world.

How Long it Takes

This three-year program requires 60 hours of graduate work on a full-time basis during the academic year. Classes typically run Monday–Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

About the Program

The MSMHC program offers a broad curriculum that balances theoretical study with practical experience. Based on a scientist-practitioner model, the program helps students understand the relationships between theory, research, and practice as they relate to effective mental health treatment.

What You'll Learn

  • Articulate the fundamental knowledge of research and theory from a broad range of clinical perspectives.
  • Assess individuals, families, and groups using appropriate theory and skills, and derive intervention strategies for your clients.
  • Apply what you study in the field, providing high quality care alongside licensed professionals.
  • Establish your identity as a professional counselor in the local community.
  • Develop important ethical skills and an acute sensitivity to issues of diversity.
  • Hone your professional skills with guidance from supervisors and colleagues.

Plan of Study

Throughout the program, you’ll study a broad range of theoretical perspectives, taking classes including Counseling Ethics, Individual Counseling, Statistics and Research Methods, Human Growth and Development, Substance Abuse, and Group Psychotherapy. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in clinical internships where you’ll receive on-the-job training from licensed professionals and expand your applied knowledge of mental health services.

Sample Courses

Multicultural Counseling

An appreciation and understanding of diverse cultures and systems is critical to all mental health counseling fields. This course explores the complexities of culture and its influence on the client/therapist relationship. You’ll develop cultural sensitivity, learn culturally responsive intervention strategies, and increase your awareness of how cultural backgrounds, experiences, belief systems, attitudes, values, and biases influence the counseling process.

Human Sexuality and Counseling

This course examines the role of sexuality in human life, including the influences of cultural, familial, psychological, biological, and spiritual factors. We’ll explore the dynamic complexities of sexuality through a variety of mediums from text and film, to dialogue and experiential exercises.

Psychopathology and the DSM

In this course, we’ll provide an overview of adult psychopathology, including major psychological disorders, associated symptom clusters, etiological factors, accepted treatments, and relevant research findings. We will also examine the empirical challenges to diagnostic accuracy and the social and cultural factors that affect diagnosis and treatment.

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Tuition and Fees

60 credits at $757/credit

$45,420 total tuition


Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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