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.
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 MA 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.
Application deadlines are February 1 for
Summer and Fall admission, and September 1 for Spring admission
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
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
- written Statement of
Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Study; plus
- 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.
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 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
The counseling program is currently pursuing accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).