Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree
Prepare for rewarding careers in clinical mental health counseling in a CACREP-accredited 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 accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
If you’re interested in our master’s in clinical mental health counseling, here are other programs at GCU you might want to explore:
Why Earn Your Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at GCU?
Our clinical mental health counseling program is accredited by 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