Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Department of Counseling offers the 60 credit hour Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This clinical program emphasizes creativity, diversity, developmental and relational processes, ethics, and professional identity within Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students may earn credit toward a state license and/or certification to practice in clinical settings (i.e., Licensed Professional Counselor, etc.). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed for students who wish to become mental health counselors and meet the curricular requirements for state of Texas counselor licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC). This program requires 60 semester hours that includes 700 hours of practicum and internship.
Why pursue a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
The Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers:
Once you complete the 60-hour CMHC degree, your training will meet or exceed standards established by state and national bodies. We believe the 60-hour CMHC program will provide you with a competitive degree when seeking licensure, applying for Federal employment, working with military families and veterans, and seeking reimbursement through TRICARE and other insurance panels. Furthermore, a 60-hour degree is the new benchmark for training in professional counseling.
- Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must earn a minimum of 60 semester credit hours that includes 700 hours of practicum and internship. Students must pass a comprehensive portfolio assignment during their internship.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission requirements and prerequisites:
- Please contact the department for more information regarding these requirements.
| Required Degree
||A bachelor’s degree in any field.
| Other Degree Requirements
||Must have a 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||Applicant rating forms are submitted by recommenders online. Please provide the three recommenders' information in the online application.
| Statement of Purpose
||A two-page narrative statement is required. Narrative Statement Form.
| Test Scores
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 7.0.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 100 or 65 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Career Options Available for a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate
- Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Research taking place in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) program
Creative interventions relative to relationship issues, grief and loss. Relational Cultural Theory, multicultural issues in counseling, behavioral health issues, brief family consultation, creative approaches to aging, on-line counseling, addictions, suicidality, crisis intervention, treatment of trauma, legal and ethical issues in school counseling, injurious behaviors, rape and sexual assault.