MA-CMHC Sample Degree Plan

The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 semester hours of required coursework, completed over two full calendar years (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions). The course of study includes a core curriculum of 54 hours and 6 hours of elective courses. The core curriculum includes course work in theory, methods, and skills. Courses are scheduled for evenings and weekends, and/or online to accommodate working students.

During the second year of study, students complete 2 semesters of internship under licensed supervisors at approved community sites designed to provide them with counseling experience in community settings. The course electives enable students to choose courses in specialty areas such as substance abuse counseling and family therapy. Students who wish to prepare for future studies at the doctoral level can also elect to prepare and defend a Master's thesis.

Sample Course Sequence

Fall Semester Year 1

  • Psy 6000 Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • Psy 6200 Research Methodology (3)
  • Psy 6360 Psychopathology (3)

Spring Semester Year 1

  • Psy 6100 Applied Statistics (4)
  • Psy 6500 Psychological Assessment: Theory (3)
  • Psy 6501 Psychological Assessment: Practice (1)
  • Psy 6700 Therapeutic Interventions:  Theory (3) 

Summer Semester Year 1

  • Psy 6310 Learning, Cognition, and Behavior (3)
  • Psy 6340 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Psy 6341 Career and Lifestyle Development (3)

Fall Semester Year 2

  • Psy 6701 Therapeutic Interventions:  Practice (3)
  • Psy 7100 Clinical Practice and Supervision I- Community Internship (3
  • Psy 6730 Crisis Intervention & Trauma Counseling (3)
  • Psy 6330 Social Psychology & Cultural Diversity (3) 

Spring Semester Year 2

  • Psy 7101 Clinical Practice and Supervision II- Community Internship (3)
  • Psy 6410 Assessment & Treatment of Substance Abuse/Addiction (3)
  • Psy 6320 Biological Bases of Behavior & Foundations of Psychopharmacology (4)
  • Psy 6750 Group Interventions: Theory and Practice (3) 
  • Psy 6310 Cognitive Bases of Behavior (3)

Summer Semester Year 2

  • 2 electives, e.g., Psy 6760 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • Psy 6720 Cognitive and Behavior Therapy (3)

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