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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). The degree meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Counselors licensed as PCCs in the State of Ohio function at an independent practice level, allowing them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision. PCCs who obtain the State Board’s supervision credential may also supervise other counselors. PCCs may maintain a private practice.

Course Sequence

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 semester hours of academic coursework and leads to a Master of Arts degree upon successful completion of all requirements. All courses listed below are required.


Core Sequence – 27 hours
  • Orientation to Counseling CG 500
  • Human Growth and Development CG 505
  • Research Methods for Mental Health Professionals CG 509 or ED 502*
  • Tests & Measurements ED 530
  • Career Development and Vocational Appraisal CG 531
  • Group Procedures CG 535
  • Counseling Theories CG 561
  • Counseling Techniques and Practice CG 562
  • Diversity Issues in Counseling CG 563

    *Special sections offered for Clinical Mental Health Counseling students only
Clinical Sequence – 15 hours
  • Addiction Knowledge CG 514
  • Clinical Evaluation CG 571
  • Clinical Diagnosis CG 572
  • Clinical Intervention, Prevention, and Ethics CG 573
  • Clinical Treatment Methods CG 574
Field Experience Sequence – 9 hours
  • Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling CG 592
  • Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I CG 596A
  • Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II CG 596B
Electives – 9 hours

Nine hours of electives must be approved by the advisor and include courses related to the student’s professional work. Courses are to be selected from among graduate offerings in appropriate departments. Specialty areas are available in chemical dependency and psychoeducational testing, among others.

Program Highlights


Employment Rate

2018 Employment Rate

Employment rate of 2018 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates


Program Options

Substance Use Disorders Counseling

Many students elect to participate in the Substance Use Disorders Counseling Concentration. The three-course concentration prepares you for licensure as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC). The LICDC credential is highly valued by employers in Ohio, especially given the rise of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.


Semesters Of Field Placement Required


Students are required to complete three semesters of field placement. The department partners with top employers to ensure that students receive the best field training available. 

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Admission Requirements

We admit students to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program primarily in the summer and fall. Spring applications will be considered if space is available.

Admission requirements include:

  • Application
  • Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview
  • Resume
  • Photograph