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About this course

The Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) offers training in professional counseling. Our students are prepared for employment as professional counselors in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, mental health agencies, human service agencies, churches, international ministries, and private counseling practice. This degree fulfills the educational requirements in most states for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor and certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Many of our graduates become licensed as Clinical Professional Counselors (LPC/LCPC) or Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) depending on the licenses available in the state where they practice. Some enter other related mental health ministries and careers.

Other graduates of our program have gone on for doctoral work in counselor education or clinical psychology programs.

The coursework in this program was designed to meet or exceed the educational standards for professional counselors set forth by the state of Illinois and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree, completion of a GRE general test, and participation in an interview process. A background in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related field is encouraged, but no pre-requisite coursework is required.