Counseling Program Overview

Counseling concentration options

Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling

Credit hours 

60 credits for all concentrations


All programs CACREP accredited 

Course delivery

40% of courses live online synchronous

60% of courses are asynchronous, with live sessions required. 

On campus

  • Eight (8) courses face to face (16 weeks); 4:00 pm-6:50 pm or 7:00 pm -9:50 pm EST. 
  • Four (4) sixteen (16) week synchronous online. 
  • Eight (8) eight (8) week online asynchronous

Online program

  • Six (6) sixteen (16) week live online synchronous courses. 
  • Six (6) 8-week live online courses; All live courses run 6-9 pm EST.
  • Eight (8) asynchronous online courses. 
  • No Residency Required

Transfer credit

The CMU Counseling Program will transfer up to 15 credits from another CACREP accredited counseling program.  The program will not transfer courses in techniques, group, practicum, or internship, and approval of transfer credit is based on the transcript, syllabus, CACREP alignment, and faculty approval. 

Course sequence

Courses must be taken in a specific developmental sequence.  Students receive a program plan and must follow the program plan unless the advisor gives permission to deviate. 

In conjunction with foundation coursework, you will translate knowledge into skills when you participate in a sequence of supervised counseling experiences prior to your internship placement.  For more information on clinical experiences please visit the Counseling Program Clinical Experiences page. 

Full-time and part-time options

Full-Time: Full-time students register for nine (9) credits per semester; Fall, Spring, and Summer (year-round).  Full-time students complete the program in 2.5 years. 

Part-Time: Part-time students register for six (6) credits per semester, Fall, Spring & Summer (year-round). Part-time students complete the program in 3.5 years. 


  • Clinical Mental Health Counselors are eligible for a Limited License Counselor (LLC) in Michigan and most other states.  
  • School Counselors are eligible for a Limited Licensed Counselor (LLC) in Michigan, a School Counselor License and/or the School Counselor NT endorsement on a teaching certificate in Michigan.
  • Addiction Counselors are eligible for a Limited Licensed Counselor (LLC in Michigan and the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in Michigan.

For licensure requirements in all 50 states please visit our Counseling Program Student Resources page.