Help Patients Find Healing and Hope with Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree
You’re passionate about counseling because it offers restoration and healing to hurting people. Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree will help you become a counselor who makes a difference.
Our School of Behavioral Sciences wants 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. This mission is achieved in significant measure by offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors and faculty, and carefully structured practicums and internships.
As a Christian university, our master’s degree in clinical counseling integrates biblical principles into your approach to mental health, so you can treat the mind, body, and soul. Whether you serve in public or private practice, this counseling will prepare you to help your patients find true healing and hope – both now and for eternity.
Why Choose Liberty’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree?
At Liberty University, we Train Champions for Christ. Our master’s degree in clinical counseling is designed to help you integrate your faith into your profession as you advocate for mental wellness and human dignity in your community. Our professors are dedicated to mentoring and supporting you throughout your master’s degree program, and they will help you develop a counseling approach built on leading research and biblical principles.
As one of the largest Christian colleges in the nation, we have the resources you need for professional development. We offer research and study abroad opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, providing the opportunities for you to gain experience while you minister to victims of sex-trafficking and other traumas.
What Will You Learn in Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Program?
Our master’s in clinical mental health counseling degree provides a foundational series of courses designed to train you in ethical and legal issues in counseling, multicultural counseling, theories in counseling, and many other areas of study for evidence-based best practices that are essential for the counseling practice.
Our LPC degree focuses these critical knowledge areas into group counseling, psychopathology, and other important assessment and practical skill areas so that you will be equipped for your observational and hands-on work during your practicum and internship requirements. During your time studying with us, you will work with professors to develop your professional and research experience, completing both practicums and internships under their supervision.
View our clinical mental health counseling Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information about what you will study.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The multiple dimensions related to competent multicultural counseling
- Appropriate counseling, social justice, and advocacy approaches
- The cultural context of relationships
- Systems-oriented intervention strategies
- How to eliminate biases, prejudice, oppression, and discrimination in your counseling
CMHC 515 – Research and Program Evaluation
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Research methodology: design, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation
- How to locate, interpret, and evaluate existing research
- How to apply research ethically to create evidence-based practice.
CMHC 646 – Psychopathology and Counseling
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Psychological disorders and normalcy across the lifespan
- How to assess, diagnose, conceptualize, and counsel clients according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual classification system
- Evidence-based therapeutic approaches
CMHC 667 – Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Principles and practice of clinical diagnosis
- Development of treatment plans under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
- Risk assessment
- Ethical, relational, multicultural, and systemic issues in diagnosis and treatment planning
Highlights of Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Program
- Our master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related and Educational Programs (CACREP).
- You will learn from faculty members who have years of professional counseling experience with agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as in schools, churches, and private practices across the nation and around the world.
- Graduate assistantships are available for our master’s degree in clinical counseling.
- Our clinical mental health counseling master’s program prepares you to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), or National Certified Counselor (NCC).
- We offer opportunities to work with ministries and organizations fighting to end sex-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.
- Our chapter of the American Association of Christian Counselors offers professional development opportunities in addition to helping you integrate your faith into counseling.
- You have the opportunity to join our chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) international counseling honor society, providing ways for you to network with professional counselors and high-achieving students across the nation.
Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Our Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates
By earning our master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, you will have opportunities to work as a counselor for organizations like:
- Churches and Faith-based Mental Health Institutions
- Mental Health Agencies
- Mental Health Hospitals
- Public or Private Practices
- Residential Treatment Facilities
Admission Requirements for Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account
- A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.7 GPA for admission.
- Letters must be from professional sources (i.e. not family/friends)
- Requirements of recommenders: 1) Qualified to address your ability to complete graduate level work, your disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics. 2) Examples of qualified recommenders include professors, employers, or leaders in an organization where you volunteer.
- 1,000-1,200 word typed and double-spaced document addressing your past and current helping experiences, your future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and your personal qualities that will enable you to be an effective counselor
- Must address how your interests and goals match the mission of Liberty University and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Counseling degree program
- See the program handbook for the Department’s mission statement:
- Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission): 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)