The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 semester hours of academic coursework and leads to a Master of Arts degree upon successful completion of all requirements. The degree is designed to meet the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). Also, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Counselors licensed as PCCs in the State of Ohio function at an independent practice level, allowing them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision. PCCs who obtain the State Board’s supervision credential may also supervise other counselors. PCCs may maintain a private practice.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program involves an interdisciplinary course of study and has been designed to meet the needs of the part-time student while also accommodating full-time study. Courses are primarily offered in the evening to accommodate students who work during the day.


  • State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
  • Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for clinical hypnosis coursework.

Mission and Goals
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to create professional counselors who embody the Jesuit essence of “persons for others.”  The program endeavors to:

  • Offer a broad-based education that will prepare students to become competent and effective professional counselors.
  • Ensure awareness and understanding of multicultural issues, as well as a mindfulness of the evolving pluralistic and technological society.
  • Promote commitment to the counseling profession through involvement in professional counseling organizations and in other activities that encourage professional identity as a counselor.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate major in a recognized area, together with advanced undergraduate coursework (12-18 semester hours) in the social and behavioral sciences, including coursework in psychology or sociology or teacher certification. Applicants who do not have prerequisites for specific graduate courses will be required to make up deficiencies.
  • Transcripts from previous universities.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • A completed application.
  • A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Three letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work, professional work, vocational commitment, and suitability for the role of counselor are required. Ideally, these letters will come from former professors and/or employers who can comment on the suitability of the applicant for graduate study.
  • A letter of intent from the applicant outlining career objectives and goals. The letter should be 400-600 words in length. It will be evaluated for content and grammatical and mechanical correctness.
  • A resume which shows evidence of work or volunteer experience.
  • Applicants must submit a program survey.
  • Applicants must participate in an interview process that will include a writing sample composed in response to a provided written prompt, as well as a group and a personal interview. The applicant’s interview will be evaluated by the admission committee.
  • If you intend to apply for a graduate assistantship position for the fall, please be aware that we offer the opportunity to interview for the counseling program in late February.  Although an interview at this time is not a requirement, it may allow for an admission decision before the March 1st GA deadline. We do notify the departments on March 1st as to whether a student has been accepted.  If you would like to be invited to interview, please complete your program application by February 15th.

Required Courses

Core Sequence: 27 hours.
Orientation to Clinical Mental Health Counseling CG 500
Human Growth and Development CG 505
Research Methods CG 509
or ED 502*
Tests & Measurements ED 530
Life-Style and Career Development CG 531
Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling CG 535
Counseling Theory CG 561
Counseling Techniques CG 562
Diversity Issues in Counseling CG 563
Clinical Sequence. 15 hours.
Psychopathology CG 570
Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status CG 571
Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders CG 572
Methods of Intervention, Prevention, and Ethics CG 573
Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders CG 574

Field Experience Sequence. 9 hours.
Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling CG 592
Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I CG 596A
Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II CG 596B
Electives. 9 hours.

*Special sections offered for Clinical Mental Health Counseling students only.
**Nine hours of electives must be approved by the advisor and include courses related to the student’s professional work. Courses are to be selected from among graduate offerings in appropriate departments.  Specialty areas are available in chemical dependency and psychoeducational testing, among others.

Honorary Society
JCU is home to a national award-winning Beta Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honorary Society.

Financial Assistance

  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistantships are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.