Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Admissions Information

Residential Program

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-hour graduate level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). The faculty provide quality professional training of clinical mental health counselors from a faith-based perspective. Our mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations. Our mission is achieved in significant measure through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors and faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

  • 60 hour graduate program (practicum and internship required)
  • Graduate assistantships available
  • Program Accreditation: CACREP
  • CMHC Comprehensive Assessment Plan Results: Executive Summary

Academic Information

Residential-Based Courses

16-week Classroom Instructional Format


Sampling of program courses:

  • Counselor Professional Identity and Function: CMHC 500
  • Research and Program Evaluation: CMHC 503
  • Counseling Theories: CMHC 510
  • Career Development and Counseling: CMHC 522
  • Psychopathology and Counseling: CMHC 646
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: CMHC 667

Program of Study

Career Opportunities

  • Mental health agency
  • Public or private practice
  • Faith-based counseling opportunities