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Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Prepare to Support People, Families, and Groups Dealing with Mental Health Challenges

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Why Earn Your MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Online with NEC?

Rigorous Preparation:

Counseling is a challenging but rewarding career path. Our master’s degree program equips you to support clients across the lifespan with clinically informed, compassionate care in a program aligned with CACREP standards.

A Focus on Today’s Mental Health Needs:

Courses offer relevant perspectives on different aspects of mental health, including trauma, societal and cultural attitudes toward mental health, human sexuality, and more.

Two Program Formats:

Choose to complete your degree entirely online with in-person internship experiences, or pursue a hybrid-format program that combines online and residential classes at our New Hampshire campus.

Experienced Faculty Members:

Prepare for your counseling career with guidance from our experienced counseling faculty members, who bring a combination of in-depth research, clinical practice, and a passion for teaching to your classes.

Licensure Preparation Support:*

Work with program staff to develop a course of study that covers clinical counseling licensure requirements in most U.S. states.

Online MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Overview

Our online mental health counseling master’s degree covers psychology, ethics, counseling techniques, and more. It is designed for working professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree.

What You Will Learn

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduates of this program will develop competencies and skills aligned with the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
These include:

  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice: Students will acquire knowledge of the history and philosophy of counseling; professional roles, collaboration, professional organizations, credentialing, and ACA & AMHCA ethical standards.
  • Social and Cultural Diversity: Students will acquire knowledge of how diversity and societal factors impact individuals and understand of how their own perspectives may affect the counseling relationship.
  • Human Growth and Development: Students will acquire knowledge of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and theories development and will apply these theories to help individuals in an ethical and developmentally appropriate manner.
  • Career Development: Students will know and apply theories, decision-making models, vocational and occupational information to career development.
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships: Students will demonstrate counseling skills, including developing goals and interventions to improve the lives of those they serve.
  • Group Counseling and Group Work: Students will gain an experiential understanding of group development, dynamics, and leadership styles for use in various types of groups.
  • Assessment and Testing: Students will know statistical concepts, reliability, validity, multicultural issues in assessment, ethical and legal issues, principles of diagnosis, and use of the current DSM.
  • Research and Program Evaluation: Students will acquire knowledge of research methods and program evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative methods, technology uses, and ethical and legal issues.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Students will have knowledge of integrative systems of care; fiscal and legal issues; collaboration; community needs assessment; interventions and outreach; and individuals and communities served.
  • Professional Practice: Students will develop and demonstrate clinical skills through supervised practicum and internship experiences and an integration of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as practicing counselors.

Courses and Curriculum

To graduate, you will complete 60 total credits, including 54 credits of core courses and six credits of electives. All students complete at least two internship experiences. Depending on the licensure requirements for your state, you may also complete a supplemental internship experience if needed.
MS Core Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses:
COUN 5000 - Introduction to Counseling
COUN 5140 - Human Growth and Development
COUN 5210 - Psychopathology and the DSM
COUN 5510 - Clinical Counseling Theories
COUN 5520 - Skills in Helping Relationships
COUN 5530 - Group Counseling
COUN 5920 - Assessment and Assessment Techniques
COUN 6120 - Research Methods and Program Evaluation
COUN 6170 – Substance-Use Disorders and Process Addictions
COUN 6190 - Social and Cultural Foundations
COUN 6350 - Career and Lifestyle Development
COUN 6520 - Advanced Skills in Helping Relationships
COUN 6910 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling
CMHC 5910 - Professional Issues and Ethics in CMHC
CMHC 6400 - Treatment Planning and Advanced Assessment
CMHC 6960 - Practicum in CMHC
CMHC 6970 - Internship I in CMHC
CMHC 6980 - Advanced Internship in CMHC
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Elective Options (Choose Two):
COUN 5150 - Human Sexuality
COUN 5160 - Counseling Special Populations
COUN 6200 - Psychopharmacology and Advanced Psychopathology
COUN 7010 - Counseling Couples and Families

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*Our MS-CMHC program aligns with the degree and coursework requirements for professional counseling licensure in the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Our MS-CMHC program does not meet current state requirements for professional counseling licensure in Kentucky or Ohio.

You can see requirements in your state through the National Board for Certified Counselors’ State Board Directory.

The MS-CMHC program was not designed to meet professional counseling licensure standards outside of the United States of America.