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Robust Curriculum with Two Internships
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A Graduate Program for Busy Professionals
Methodist University’s 100% online master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling equips you with the expertise needed to become a successful licensed mental health counselor. Guided by experienced faculty and other field experts, you’ll explore topics in life span development, counseling theories, techniques, ethical and legal issues, and more. Complete your coursework online on your schedule, and graduate prepared to sit for the National Counselor Examination and qualify for licensure.
Mental Health Counselors Are in High Demand
Earn your master’s degree from a recognized leader in health care education. With your 100% online master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from MU, you’ll be equipped to pursue licensure and begin a successful career in counseling.
The job outlook for mental health counselors continues to grow each year. With about 43,600 openings for counselors projected each year through 2031,1 you can expect an abundance of fulfilling career opportunities.Careers and Salaries
Rigorous Graduate Courses and Applied Learning
60 credit hours
In our small classes, you’ll engage in rigorous coursework under the guidance of expert faculty. Apply the knowledge you’ve gained to real-world practice through a practicum course and two required internships, which may be completed online or in-person.
Course topics include:
- Theories and Models of Counseling
- Research and Statistical Analysis in Counseling
- Cultures and Counseling
- Addiction Counseling
Apply to the 100% Online Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
No application fee
No GRE/GMAT required
|Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher in the awarded bachelor’s degree|
|Three letters of recommendation|
|A typed personal statement|
Learn more about the admission requirements for this program, and start the application process today.View the Application Process
An Affordable Graduate Program
$30,000 total tuition
Transfer up to nine credits
MU’s 100% online MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling costs $500 per credit hour and includes 60 total hours. About 97% of MU students qualify for financial aid. If you or a family member are a veteran or active-duty service member, your education at Methodist University could be even more affordable. Visit our Military Support page to learn more.View the Application process
What You’ll Learn
Learn to positively impact outcomes for mental health clients with a 100% online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from MU. In this program, you’ll gain the skills you need to provide care for those seeking counseling for substance abuse, marriage and family issues, generalized anxiety, and more. Through rigorous coursework, which includes a practicum and two internship experiences, you’ll graduate with a strong counseling identity, ready to succeed as a clinical mental health counselor.
After completing the master’s program in clinical mental health counseling, graduates will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor practice across a wide variety of practice areas.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with clients and colleagues to ethically negotiate practice within a variety of settings.
- Engage in contemporary critical thinking that incorporates evidence-based decision making in the practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the generation of new knowledge.
- Practice as autonomous clinicians who utilize authentic, evidence-based, and ethical approaches for client-centered care.
- Demonstrate a commitment to servant-leadership through active participation in professional development activities including continuing education, post-graduate education, clinical specialty, advanced certification, local/regional/national presentations, and research activities.
- Promote activities to support the promotion of mental health, wellness, and access to care in clinical settings and the communities they serve.
Why Study Online?
Enjoy an online learning environment that offers the same quality as in-person courses, including dedicated faculty members and an overall caring, friendly atmosphere for achieving your professional and personal goals.
You’ll also have access to all academic support services. That means you’ll get personalized assistance you need, such as access to the tutoring and writing centers. Experience a distinctive education in a flexible environment that fits your schedule.Explore Online Learning
Frequently Asked Questions
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The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has been designed to the standards and requirements of CACREP, The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. CACREP Accreditation will be pursued as soon as we are eligible.
The requirements for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include:
- Complete application
- Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university before starting the first term of the program
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Official transcripts from each institution attended
- Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a professor or employer)
- A typed personal statement including your background, interest in attending Methodist University, interest in the program, and your career goals
You can learn more about our requirements on the admissions page.
Up to nine credits may be transferred and applied towards the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. You can learn more about this policy on the admissions page.
No, prior work experience is not required. You can learn more about our requirements on the admissions page.
- “Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on Nov. 22, 2022 from “https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm#tab-6.”