Program Description

The clinical mental health counseling program prepares students who wish to qualify for clinical mental health careers in Michigan. 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.

At select CMU satellite locations, the MA in Counseling may be available with concentrations in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling. Click here for details and locations.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program requires:

  • a graduate application;
  • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree work;
  • recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores;
  • written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study; and
  • two letters of recommendation – one professional (e.g. supervisor, employer, or academic professor/instructor) and one personal (just not a family member).

Application deadlines are February 1 for summer and fall admission and September 1 for spring admission each year.

For more detailed information regarding admission requirements, please visit the program website or apply directly online at

Graduation Requirements

After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and Development 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 accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, the program is currently pursuing accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), to be completed during the 2017-18 school year.

For More Information

Department of Counseling and Special Education
321 EHS Building
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859