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.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Department of Counseling’s webpage.

Program Learning Goals

Students will:

  1. Identify as a clinical mental health counselor who is knowledgeable about the history and development of the clinical mental health counseling profession, is aware of the challenges facing the profession, and is prepared to advocate for the profession.
  2. Assess, evaluate, and diagnose clients using assessment instruments and the DSM.
  3. Determine, based on the assessment and diagnosis, an appropriate treatment plan for clients.
  4. Implement interventions and treatment plan, and continuously assess the effectiveness of the intervention.

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.
  • 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 early February.  If you would like to be invited to interview, please complete your program application by the first week of February.

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.