Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree
Prepare for rewarding careers in clinical mental health counseling in a CACREP-aligned program with exceptional opportunities for research and field-based learning. The clinical mental health master’s degree program at Georgian Court University provides a holistic view of treatment with a strong emphasis on ethics and evidence-based learning—preparing you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen field.
Time of entry
Working as part of a small cohort, you’ll benefit from one-on-one mentoring by faculty, while building close connections with peers. You’ll also engage in a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship that give you opportunities to apply your knowledge in the field. When you graduate (and complete the post-master’s supervised hours), you’ll be prepared to obtain licensure as a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Apply your training
in the real world
If you’re interested in helping people with drug and alcohol addiction, we offer courses in addiction counseling, with specialized electives and experiential learning opportunities you can choose based on your goals. We also offer a Professional Counselor Graduate Certificate for students who have a master’s degree but need additional credits for licensure in New Jersey.
Clinical mental health counselors are licensed professionals who help people with a wide range of mental, emotional, and behavioral issues. They provide services that include assessing and diagnosing disorders, working with patients to develop coping skills and strategies, and referring patients to other health professionals for additional treatment and care. Empathy, compassion, ethics, and keen listening and communication skills are all essential qualities for clinical mental health counselors to build trust with clients and effect positive change.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit program designed for students who wish to pursue careers as a Licensed Professional Counselor and/or enter into a counselor education doctoral program. It is aligned with the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Professional courses are open only to students formally admitted to the program.
|CMH5100||Introduction to Counseling Skills||3.0|
|CMH5200||Multicultural Issues in Counseling||3.0|
|CMH5301||Clin Mntl Hlth Cnslng Interven||3.0|
|CMH5302||Appraisal of the Individual||3.0|
|CMH5303||Techniques of Group Counseling||3.0|
|CMH5500||Orgn Cnsling & Career Dev||3.0|
|CMH5600||The Counseling Profession||3.0|
|CMH5700||Applied Research Methods||3.0|
|CMH5800||Practicum in Counseling||4.0|
|CMH5802||Internship in Counseling I||4.0|
|CMH5804||Internship in Counseling II||4.0|
|or CMH5357||Sem Addict Trtmnt & Prev|
|Select 12 credits of electives||12.0|
Students intending to pursue doctoral training are strongly urged to register for CMH6001 Thesis Seminar I and CMH6002 Thesis Seminar II.
Students intending to be dually licensed as mental health counselors and addictions counselors are advised to select CMH5355 Introduction to Addictions Counseling, CMH5356 Treatment of Addictive Disorders, CMH5601 Psychopharmacology, and CMH5357 Sem Addict Trtmnt & Prev.
A comprehensive examination is required of all candidates, which consists of a national standardized test (the CPCE) and a case study. Students are allowed two opportunities to pass each section of the comprehensive examination. If a student passes one section and does not pass the other, he or she will not be required to retake the passed section. If a student fails to complete the comprehensive exam sections successfully after two attempts, the student may be subject to academic dismissal. Students who fail either section of the comprehensive examination must arrange to meet with their advisor or their program director within two weeks of results notification.
View the full curriculum and admission requirements.
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Why Earn Your Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at GCU?
Our clinical mental health counseling program is aligned with the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This means that our coursework and clinical hours meet the most rigorous standards for counseling professionals—which will help with licensure and increasing your chances of employment after graduation.
Here are more reasons to earn your master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at GCU.
What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
*Based on data for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 classes
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Jobs
As a clinical mental health counselor, you can serve many different populations, specializing in areas such as:
- addiction counseling,
- geriatric counseling,
- child counseling,
- marriage and family therapy,
- rehabilitation counseling, and
- social work.
Mental Health Counseling Salary
*Based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics