Program Description

The Master's in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health program prepares students who wish to qualify for clinical mental health careers, and prepares students to become licensed professional counselors. Students will gain knowledge and experience in research, testing procedures, career development, consulting, counseling theories, ethics, techniques and philosophy. Elective hours will allow the individual student to gain additional knowledge and experience in areas of particular interest.

Service Delivery

The Master's in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health program is offered in three formats.  Traditional 16-week face to face courses on the CMU campus in Mt. Pleasant; 8-week face-to-face cohort courses offered at extension sites in Dearborn, MI, Southfield, MI, Grand Rapids, MI and Saginaw, MI; and 8-week online courses available in Mt. Pleasant and at extension sites.

The M.A. in Counseling is also available with concentrations in Addiction Counseling and School Counseling. Click here for details and locations.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students may also apply for funding to engage in innovative service learning projects benefiting communities through the Counseling and Special Education (CSE) for Change program. In addition, various opportunities to engage in research projects with faculty are available.

Graduate Assistantships may be available through this graduate program. Please contact the Department of Counseling and Special Education for more details. Graduate students are eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional conferences and events.

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines are February 1 for Summer and Fall admission, and September 1 for Spring admission each year.

You must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7. Admission may be considered if your GPA is less than 2.7.

Please visit our program website for more details and additional information. 

A complete application includes:

  • Graduate Application;
  • all Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent to the CMU Admissions Processing department (;
  • recent (not more than five years oldGraduate Record Exam (GREscore to be sent directly to the CMU Admissions Processing Department (use code 1106);  *GRE exams will be waived for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants!
  • written Statement of Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Studyplus
  • two completed Program Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters are required for your application. Letters from family members or friends are not acceptable. Use the following Program Recommendation Form to provide to those people from whom you wish to receive recommendations: Program Letter of Recommendation Form.

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Graduation Requirements

After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and Development or an off-site mental health agency setting; and a 600-hour internship experience in the counseling field under the mentorship of a licensed counselor. Prior to graduation, students must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).


The counseling program is currently pursuing accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Career Outlook

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Department of Counseling and Special Education
195 Ojiway Court
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

This program is housed within the College of Education & Human Services.

For more information about this program, please visit our department's website.