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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Residential Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a 60-hour graduate-level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). The faculty provides 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 by 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

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Academic Information

Residential-Based Courses

16-week Classroom Instructional Format

Credit Hours

60 credit hours

Program of Study

Admissions Requirements

Find M.A.in Clinical Mental Health Counseling admissions requirements.

Courses You Could Take

  • Orientation to Counselor Profession Identity & Function (COUC 500)
  • Theories of Counseling (COUC 510)
  • Research and Program Evaluation (COUC 515)
  • Career Development and Counseling (COUCC 522)
  • Psychopathology (COUC 546)
  • Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUC 667)

Course Information

CMHC Comprehensive Exam Study Guidelines
CMHC Course Descriptions


M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Career Opportunities

  • Mental health agency
  • Public or private practice
  • Faith-based counseling opportunities
  • Hospital settings
  • Residential treatment facilities

Note: The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also offered online