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Master's degree

Master of Science in Counseling / Clinical Mental Health Counseling

35 months

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Register by: Jan 11, 2023

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.

  • Human Development

  • Psychotherapy

  • Professionalism

  • Diversity

  • Research

  • Clinical Assessments

  • Career Counseling

  • Group Dynamics

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health 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.

A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

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Admissions Course

To be admitted into the program students must successfully complete CCMH/502, Graduate Portfolio.

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.


The Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health 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. Students should ensure they stay updated on the licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice.  Review state licensure requirements.


Your academic counselor will help you plan your Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health classes.

What you'll learn

When you earn your 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. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Develop a professional identity as an advocate and steward for the counseling profession. 
  • Integrate social and cultural diversity competencies into their practice as a professional counselor. 
  • Integrate human growth and development theories and principles into their counseling practices.  
  • Integrate career development theories and principles into their counseling practices. 
  • Integrate counseling theories, models, and techniques into their counseling practices. 
  • Integrate group counseling theories and practices into their counseling practices. 
  • Execute counseling assessment and testing processes and procedures to guide their practice as a clinical mental health counselor. 
  • Evaluate research and programs to inform counseling practice.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health?

An MSC/CCMH can prepare you to be a:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Counselor
23 %

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 2020 and 2030.

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.


Paying for school

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 undergraduate degree.

Up to $1 million a month in available scholarships

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Credit transfer made easy

Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.


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

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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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.