CMU revised the content and focus of the Master of Arts program

CMU provides the Master of Arts degree in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health.

CMU continues to grow and improve our academic programs to meet the needs of employers in the field, and we are no longer accepting applications for School Counseling.

Our 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 the the counseling program. Please contact the counseling and special education department for more details. Graduate students are eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional conferences and events.

Admission Requirements

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A complete application includes:

  • 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 (supervisor, employer, academic professor, etc.) and one personal (not a family member).

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Graduation Requirements

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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).

For More Information

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