Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts (MA)

Psychology and Counseling | College of Health and Human Services

Improve Lives with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counselors help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

This advanced degree program prepares counselors for careers in settings such as mental health, child welfare and family counseling agencies; institutions for the aging; employment and personnel offices; parishes; college counseling centers and fields dealing with chemical dependency and other addictions. Students will earn the required educational credits to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Because the program is CACREP-accredited, training in this program is recognized nationally (though specific laws and licensing regulations vary in each state).

  • Work with children, families, elderly, adults
  • Work in agencies, offices, parishes, colleges, addiction centers
  • Prepare for LPC licensure in PA
  • CACREP-accredited program
  • Student Research

Top Employers

  • Mental Health Office
  • Clinical/ Doctor's Office
  • School Districts
  • Universities

Top Career Paths

  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Grief Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Family Counselor

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

DEADLINE: February 1 (early admission), April 1, and October 1. Program cycle starts in Summer Term. **CMHC students are expected to start in May, but may begin 'out of sequence' in other semesters.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Submit an essay outlining professional and personal qualities that you believe will make you a successful school or mental health counselor. Applicants should be specific. Please review the follow resources prior to submitting the essay:

American Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American School Counselors Association
Pennsylvania Counselors Association
Pennsylvania School Counselors Association

The Psychology Department is located in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.

McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

1201 University Avenue
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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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Psychological Services Center


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The Psychological Services Center (PSC), located in Room 1009 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, is a clinic and training facility. It serves the community as an outpatient mental health clinic that provides services to individuals across the life spectrum from young children to older adults. The entry of the PSC is privately located on the north side of the McGowan Center on Marywood's campus. The PSC is composed of several individual, couple, family, and group therapy rooms, as well as a reception area and waiting room.

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Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

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