Mental Health Counseling is a professional counseling specialty which involves the application of principles of counseling, human development, learning, theory, group dynamics, and the assessment of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior.

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A Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling will give you the theoretical, technical and experiential training to possess the knowledge and skills for a successful counseling career in numerous public and private mental health settings.

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As a graduate of the Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program, you will be prepared to make appropriate contributions to a diverse group of clients, institutions and society. The curriculum will emphasize the integration of counseling theory and practice, critical thinking and decision making, as well as the examination of personal values and experiences and how they influence clinical practice.

You will apply the knowledge and skills you gain in the classroom through reality-based counseling practicum and internship experiences.

By obtaining the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, students are prepared to gain licensure as a professional counselor, opening a wide range of career opportunities that include counseling in

  1. federal government departments such as Health and Human Services and the Veterans Administration
  2. state government departments such as Human Services
  3. state psychiatric hospitals
  4. community mental health centers
  5. probation and parole
  6. senior adult centers
  7. nonprofit organizations
  8. hospitals
  9. religious-affiliated organizations
  10. private practice

In addition to the University’s prerequisites, the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling requires the completion of 60 semester hours of credit, including three elective courses comprising nine semester hours.

Additional information, including specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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