Online Master's Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This article covers online master's program options for clinical mental health counseling and provides an overview of ten programs as well as the graduate tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year. All of these programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
West Virginia University
West Virginia University offers a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling that prepares students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, private practices, hospitals, addiction and wellness counseling practices, and more. Though this program is based online, residency is required for students.
Walden University offers a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with multiple specializations: addiction counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; military families and culture; and trauma and crisis counseling. The program focuses on using real-world case studies and scenarios to reflect actual situations counselors could experience in the field and requires a residency for students.
Northwestern University's online Master of Arts in Counseling program is offered by the Family Institute and includes a practicum and internship that provide 800 hours of real-world experience and skill development. The program is designed to deliver the same curriculum as the on-campus program to allow non-traditional and distance students to get the same experience as their on-campus counterparts.
Antioch University - New England
Antioch University's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling welcomes students with all undergraduate degrees and includes a residential colloquium. The average completion time for this program is three years and includes a practicum within the student's community as well as an emphasis on professional identity and development.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University's hybrid Master of Counseling in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program allows students to take classes online with two-day, in-person courses held twice per semester in Wilsonville, Oregon. On average, students complete the program in 3.5 to 4 years and enjoy a collaborative cohort model where students work together as they progress through the program.
Palo Alto University
Palo Alto University's Master of Arts in Counseling program is offered both online and in person and has two areas of emphasis: marriage, family, and child counseling and clinical mental health counseling. This program utilizes an online synchronous classroom with all courses offered in the evenings.
University of Louisiana - Monroe
The University of Louisiana's Master of Science in Counseling online degree offers two tracks: clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Students have the option of pursuing one or both tracks and will be prepared for a variety of careers and work settings, including schools, private practice, public agencies, and human services.
Lock Haven University
Lock Haven University's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a fully online program designed to prepare students for the growing field of mental health counseling without a residency requirement. The program uses an online synchronous classroom to offer both flexibility and classroom experience with faculty, as well as practicum and internship requirements that can be fulfilled in the student's community.
North Carolina Central University
The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University is unique as it is offered by the College of Education. The focus of this program is to prepare students for work in non-profit organizations and mental health organizations.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Carolina State University's Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health degree is designed for professional counselors working in clinical mental health settings. In addition to a traditional curriculum, this program also focuses on preventative interventions and multicultural diversity, which is reflected in the program's commitment to cultural diversity within its student body.
|School Name||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees Per Year (2018-2019)*|
|West Virginia University||Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling||In-State: $9,990|
|Walden University||Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||$12,205|
|Northwestern University||Master of Arts in Counseling||$54,620|
|Antioch University - New England||Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||$12,825|
|Oregon State University||Master of Counseling in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling||In-State: $14,331|
|Palo Alto University||Master of Arts in Counseling||$25,616|
|University of Louisiana - Monroe||Master of Science in Counseling||In-State: $9,068|
|Lock Haven University||Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||In-State: $15,896|
|North Carolina Central University||Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling||In-State: $7,476|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health||In-State: $11,495|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Though all of these programs have different admissions requirements, here are some items you can expect to provide when applying:
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you've attended
- Prerequisite courses in mental health counseling as required by your institution
- Test scores, including the GRE and/or GMAT
- A resume or CV
- A personal statement
- Academic, professional, and personal letters of recommendation
There are many online options for those pursuing a career in clinical mental health counseling across the United States and abroad. Each of these programs has unique features and prepares students for different state certifications, so prospective students are urged to check the specific requirements for certification in their state and community.