Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
Clinical mental health counselors provide services to clients who seek help with everyday life concerns as well as those who struggle with significant emotional, cognitive, and behavioral challenges. To help these clients achieve optimal well-being, clinical mental health counselors utilize individual, couple, family, and group counseling.
These services are provided across many settings, including private practice, mental health agencies, college counseling centers, churches, hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and substance abuse and eating disorder treatment centers.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
The priority application deadline for admission into the following fall term is November 15, and the regular application deadline is March 1. Applications received after March 1 may be considered at the Program Director’s discretion. New students may start coursework in the fall semester only.
Applicants must complete the specially developed recommendation forms for the program and respond to an additional program specific essay in order to finalize and submit their application. These documents are requested and collected as part of the on-line application process.
Applicants are expected to have completed a course in each of the following areas: Introduction to Statistics (Descriptive Statistics or Basic Inferential Statistics), Introduction to Theories of Personality, Counseling or Psychotherapy and Lifespan Development (Developmental Psychology, Adulthood, Adolescence, Childhood, Growth and Development).
Personal interviews with program faculty members prior to acceptance are required. Clinical mental health counseling applicants participate in a group interview. All interviews are scheduled by program faculty shortly after the application deadline. Program directors review applications and pay particular attention to each applicant’s ability to address program specific professional goals and professional identity in the statement of intentions.
Students falling below a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale may be required to submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, a record of progressively higher work responsibilities, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination.
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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60-credit curriculum that leads to the Master of Science degree and fulfills all the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
The curriculum is divided into four categories: Foundations of Professional Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses, Clinical Experience, and Electives for Specialization.
Required credits include coursework in the principles and practice of counseling, three credits of practicum (100 hours of supervised counseling experience), and three credits of internship (600 hours of supervised counseling experience).
Nine credits of electives are offered to provide students with opportunities for additional study in individual areas of interest and for development of skills in working with specific client populations.
For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.