Be prepared for a career as a licensed professional counselor, where you are able to empower individuals, families, and groups to accomplish their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

You’ll engage in classroom learning rich in practical and theoretical knowledge, and clinical training. Plus, you have the opportunity to apply clinical skills in practice under close supervision by licensed faculty supervisors.

Several factors set this 60-credit hour counseling program apart from other clinical training programs. The program meets the educational requirements for the professional counselor-training license and prepares you for a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a graduate student, you have the opportunity to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and awareness for a future career as a clinical mental health counselor. 
  • Receive clinical supervision, mentorship, and advising from licensed faculty and supervisors.
  • Collaborate with faculty in determining practicum and internship placements that meet your clinical training needs and match your career interests.
  • Enter the program through a cohort model of admission. This offers students an opportunity to develop collaborative relationships and community with peers and faculty members.
  • Collaborate with faculty members conducting research.

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a graduate degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree. The application requirements are as follows:

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • All undergraduate transcripts
  • A personal essay 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one (1) academic and one (1) professional)
  • Resume

Applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate course work in the social sciences or related areas, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. No graduate exam scores will be required.  Students who do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement may submit GRE or MAT scores for consideration. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75-2.99 may be admitted on a probationary status.

The CMHC program is accredited through the University by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and meets requirements for licensure in the profession.

The CMHC program consists of coursework that aligns with the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, and licensure requirements for the state of Wisconsin. The program plans to seek CACREP accreditation when eligible for consideration.

The need for clinical mental health counselors continues to increase in the region and state. With the development of mental health parity laws, more people are accessing health insurance and mental health services. The demand for highly trained counselors, offering evidence-based interventions in mental health treatment settings, exists in clinics, agencies, integrative care settings, and private practice. Students will develop skills critical to effective clinical mental health counseling such as: assessment, diagnosis, intervention, advocacy, and program evaluation.


A CMHC MS degree can lead to work as a professional counselor working with a range of populations (children and families, adults, couples, and groups) in a variety of settings including

•    Mental Health outpatient care
•    Hospitals
•    Clinics
•    Agencies
•    Integrative Care Settings
•    Private Practice



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The Higher Learning Commission
Carnegie Foundation, Elective Community Engagement Classification
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