Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Program of Study

Below is the recommended Program of Study for the MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration. This represents two (2) years of full-time status and requires 12 credit hours per term. We recommend the same sequence of courses for students choosing the Thesis and non-Thesis option with the exception of the Fall (2nd Year) term. During the term, non-thesis track students complete an elective course while thesis track students typically continue working on their independent study for the thesis. Students may pursue the degree on a part-time basis, but they should meet with their academic advisor regularly to ensure an appropriate progression through the program. All Fall and Spring courses (except asynchronous courses) meet once per week in the evening. Evening classes are held from 5:30 pm to 8:20 pm. Summer courses (accept asynchronous courses) meet twice per week from 5:00 pm to 8:50 pm. During students final semester in the program, they complete the capstone experience. For those students on the thesis track, the capstone is the successful defense of their thesis. For those students on the non-thesis track, the capstone is the passing of the Comprehensive Examination, a written exam that covers the major tenets of training. 

Graduating Students

Courses by Semesster

(Graduating in 2 years)

                      1st Fall

COUN 5010 - Foundations of Counseling (3 hrs)
PSYC 5040 - Statistics and Methodology (3 hrs)
COUN 5070 - Professional Issues and Ethics in Counseling (3 hrs)
COUN 5120 - Techniques of Counseling and Interviewing (3 hrs)           

                      1st Spring

COUN 5136 - Diagnosis and Psychological Disorders (3 hrs)
PSYC 5140 - Statistics and Computer Applications (3 hrs)
COUN 5170 - Counseling Theory (3 hrs)
COUN 6504 - Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs)


COUN 5190 - Group Counseling and Guidance (3 hrs)
COUN 5270 - Career Development (3 hrs)
COUN 5580 - Multicultural Counseling (3 hrs)
PSYC 5640 - Lifespan Development (3 hrs)
PSYC 6540 – Thesis (1 hr) (Thesis option)                  

                      2nd Fall

PSYC 5030 - Biological Bases of Behavior (3 hrs)
COUN 5570 - Introduction to Couples and Family System (3 hrs)
COUN 6505 - Internship I in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs)
PSYC 6540 – Thesis (1 hr) (Thesis option)
Approved Elective (3 hrs) (non-Thesis option)                     

                      2nd Spring

COUN 6506 - Internship II in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs)
PSYC 6560 - Interpersonal Violence, Trauma, and Crisis Intervention (3 hrs)
COUN 6590 - Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling (3 hrs)
COUN 6610 - Advanced Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs)
PSYC 6540 – Thesis (1 hr) (Thesis option)


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