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phoenix, arizona campus-based clinical counseling degree

Master of Science in Counseling / Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Gain 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.

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.

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.

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Education should hold practical value. That’s why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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Requirements: 60 credits

You’ll need 60 credits to complete this Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits.

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

22 Core Courses

Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.

22 Core Courses

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.


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.

Not located in Phoenix? Explore our online program.


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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We’ve worked with the labor market researcher Lightcast to identify in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.


Transfer credits

Your prior eligible college credits can save you time and money, helping you graduate faster. That’s why we’ve accepted credits from 5,000+ institutions. Check to see if you can apply eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college toward a degree of your choice.

Affordable, fixed tuition

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. That's your Tuition Guarantee.

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Scholarships to earn your master’s degree, more affordably.

Everyone deserves an affordable education. That’s why we offer an unlimited number of scholarships, so if you qualify, you can get one. We believe everyone deserves an affordable education they shouldn’t have to compete for. Starting with your first course, every qualifying new student will be awarded one of our scholarships - regardless of your financial situation or GPA, or you’ll get the best savings you qualify for. Whether you’re a new or transfer student, you can apply for a scholarship. Explore scholarship options at University of Phoenix.

Financial aid

You may have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

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

Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

An MSC/CCMH can prepare you to be a:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Counselor

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

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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. You’ll learn how to:

  • 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.

18% Growth

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 2022 and 2032.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2022-2032 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.


Apply for free – no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No cost to request prior transcripts
  • No GMAT
  • No essay required

Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. 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.[1] Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

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Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 85% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, September 2022-August 2023 (23,739 respondents)

Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

Call us 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 14 hours a day, 5 days a week. 

Computer requirements for courses

Many course assignments will require you to use a computer to complete and submit your assignment. 

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Faculty Spotlight

Professionals dedicated to you

Launch your education in mental health counseling with our on-campus faculty who are dedicated and bring experience and hands-on perspective to the field. Learn both academic and industry knowledge from professionals focused on developing the skills you need for a career caring for others in the community.  

Sheila Babendir

Sheila Babendir Ed.D., LPC
Associate Dean

Kelly King

Kelly King, Ph.D., LAC, LPC, C-DBT
Program Chair


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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 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).

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