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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; 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.

Courses

1

Course at a time

8

Courses per year

Program Purpose Statement

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.

California

The Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program meets the California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) educational requirements for registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC). Upon successful completion of all educational requirements and required postgraduate supervised clinical hours, graduates are eligible to sit for LPCC licensure exam in California. 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 pm.

What you'll learn

When you earn your on-campus or online Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 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?

A degree can prepare you to be a:

  • Mental health counselor
  • Counselor
  • Case manager
22 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for mental health counselors is projected to be much faster than average than average between 2018 and 2028.

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.

SAVE TIME AND MONEY ON YOUR DEGREE

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

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Accreditation & Faculty

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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 Utah and Phoenix campuses.

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 Utah campus program is in teach out. This means that, although we’re no longer accepting new enrollments, current Utah campus students will be able to complete the program.

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).

Program Handbooks:

Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Handbook (Online)

Master of Science in Counseling Program Handbook (Campus)

Assessment reports:

MSC/CCMH Program Student Learning Outcome Assessment Report (Phoenix Campus)

MSC/CCMH Program Student Learning Outcome Assessment Report (Online)

MSC/CCMH Program Student Learning Outcome Assessment Report (Utah Campus)

Program accreditation outcomes report:

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.

2017 report

2018 report

2019 report

Program faculty listings:

Utah Campus MSC/CCMH faculty

Phoenix Campus MSC/CCMH faculty

Online MSC/CCMH faculty

Faculty fast facts

25

Average years of industry experience

208

Counselors