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Master of Science in Counseling / Clinical Mental Health Counseling (AZ Campus Only)

37 months

Approximate Program Length

60

Total Credits

$698*

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

Start when you're ready

Register by: Jan 12, 2022

Gain the skills to empower others to improve their lives. Our Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling teaches you how to clinically assess and treat clients coping with anxiety, depression, abuse and more.

*Refer to program handbook for additional fees required.

  • Develop a professional identity as an advocate and steward for the counseling profession

  • Execute counseling assessment and testing processes and procedures to guide your practice

  • Evaluate research and programs to inform counseling practice

  • Integrate a variety of social and cultural diversity competencies as well as human growth and development, group counseling, and career development theories and principles into your practice.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to prepare confident, competent and reflective clinical mental health counselors with a professional disposition 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
  • 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.

Courses

1

Course at a time

8

Courses per year

Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for licensure as a professional counselor in jursidictions where it is offered. In order to practice as a counselor in most states, the student must be licensed as an LPC (licensed professional counselor), MFT (marriage and family therapist), or other comparable state professional license designation. License requirements vary by state. Student’s should ensure they stay updated on the licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice. Review state licensure requirements.

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help you plan your Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling classes. Please note that on campus students are required to physically attend class one day a week, typically from 6-10 p.m.**

**During COVID-19, while our campuses are temporarily closed, your local campus classes will be held virtually so you can get face-to-face learning at home.

What you'll learn

When you earn your on-campus or online Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply in your career. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • 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
  • Research and program evaluation

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a master of clinical mental health counseling?

An MSC/CCMH can prepare you to be a:

  • Mental health counselor

  • Counselor

  • Case manager

25 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors is projected to be much faster than average between 2019 and 2029.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Tuition

Paying for school

locked-in tuition

$698*

Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

On average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved  $11k and 1 year on their undergratuate degree.

Up to $1 million a month in available scholarships
Apply for one of 400 scholarship opportunities this month.

Credit transfer made easy
Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

The Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at the Phoenix campus.

What does that mean? CACREP-accredited schools are committed to quality standards. Accreditation is granted for a specified period of time. A full CACREP accreditation cycle is eight years. A program may be accredited for either the full eight-year cycle or receive accreditation for two years of the full cycle, necessitating further reporting on specified program elements.

The online version of the MSC/CCMH is open for enrollment for new students. The online version is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Real-world faculty

26

Average years of industry experience

194

Counselors

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.