College of Social Sciences

Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Navigating the requirements of the mental health counseling profession can prove challenging, but through our Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree program, you can earn the experience and skills needed to support others through their personal journeys. The coursework and field experience required for this program will help prepare you for the next step in your profession.

Faculty with experience in fields they teach provide you with relevant coursework so you can understand and successfully approach the intricate process of clinical mental health counseling. In addition to learning clinical practice skills, you'll also develop skills in cultural competency and client advocacy. Use those skills with actual clients in counseling settings, taking one class at a time for a flexible path toward your degree.

With a Master of Science in Counseling, become the counselor you want to be and apply reasoning, problem solving and insight to each individual situation to empower and change people’s lives.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Masters of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to prepare confident, competent, and reflective clinical mental health counselors with the professional dispositions, and demonstrated knowledge and skills in all of the following areas: professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, counseling and helping relationships, group counseling and group work, assessment and testing, and research and program evaluation. Furthermore, students who are preparing to specialize as clinical mental health counselors will demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of clinical mental health counseling practice.

Requirements and prerequisites

You will need XXX credits to complete this program, which will be earned from required courses. However, required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Prepare for Examinations


Through this program, prepare to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) – have confidence going into test day.

CACREP Accredited at the Utah and Phoenix campuses


Our program takes you through coursework that translates directly to the next steps of your current or future career. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP at the Utah and Phoenix Campuses.

Practice What You’ve Learned


Complete your first clinical experience during your practicum course, applying what you’ve learned and using it to aid real clients.

Benefit from a Flexible Schedule


We know you’ve got a busy schedule – take one class at a time to earn your degree.

Ready for Your Industry


Coursework is designed with professional best practices in mind, keeping you up to speed and ready for the next chapter of your counseling career.

Help from Experienced Faculty


You’ll be learning from experienced professionals of the counseling profession – they’re here to support your education every step of the way.
Cost breakdown

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Tuition (per credit) $740.0
Tuition (per credit) for 100/200-level courses Not available
Tuition (per credit) for 300/400-level courses Not available
Electronic materials fee (per course) Not available
Resource fee $165.0
One time application fee Not available

Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.

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Core courses

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the competitive job market with relevant knowledge and in-demand skills. This program will include the following courses:

Customize your degree

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.

Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.

Affording your education

We understand that education is an investment, which is why we work to ensure students understand the costs along with their financial options. Contact a Finance Advisor to learn about the costs associated with a program, potential ways to reduce the cost and to learn more about the various financial options offered at University of Phoenix.

Campus Report for Utah

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) awards programmatic accreditation to the Master of Science in Counseling program at the Utah Campus of University of Phoenix for meeting specific professional and educational standards.

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Program Student Learning Outcome Assessment for Utah

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Utah MSC-CCMH Campus Faculty

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Campus Report for Arizona

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) awards programmatic accreditation to the Master of Science in Counseling program at the Phoenix Main and Southern Arizona campuses of University of Phoenix for meeting specific professional and educational standards.

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