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.
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.
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:
- a Graduate Application;
- all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent to the Admissions Processing department (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the Admissions Processing Department (use code 1106);
- written Statement of Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Study; plus
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.
Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.
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 currently pursuing accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).