Embrace an active role in improving mental health by earning your online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. Clients will find comfort in your guidance as you foster your relationship skills and guide them on a journey to wellness. Seize the opportunity to learn to effectively work with clients experiencing a range of behavioral and emotional issues, from child development problems and trauma to addiction and major mental illness.
Included in our 60-credit online master's program in counseling are two required face-to-face residencies to help strengthen your workforce abilities. SNHU's MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is based on the curriculum standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and, as of May 2019, has begun the formal accreditation process.
SNHU's MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is not currently accredited by CACREP.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in excess of 43 million American adults battle mental illness problems annually. As you gain the skills to become a clinical mental health counselor, your clients will find comfort in the compassion and applicable knowledge you provide. Foster your experience by supporting a variety of unique clients striving for stability and mental wellness.
Throughout our online master's in counseling program, you'll:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you envision a successful future for yourself. The benefits of earning your online master's in counseling at SNHU include:
We transform our students’ lives, and through them the lives of the clients and communities they serve. To achieve this, we deliver innovative, experiential counselor education, create an inclusive environment, and nurture authentic relationships. As a result, we empower new generations of counselors who are well-poised to take the next step in their professional journeys, well-prepared to have a positive impact on the lives of others, and who are grounded in ethical practice that promotes unconditional positive regard and cultural humility towards themselves and their clients.
Read our MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Annual Data Report and our 2019 Program Outcomes Report.
Apply at any time and receive a decision within days of submitting all required materials. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your admission counselor is also available to guide you through the application process, which involves providing undergraduate transcripts and completing a graduate application ($40 fee).
Additional requirements for this program include:
Earning your online master's in counseling is your first step in the path toward licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. The online master's degree in clinical mental health counseling at SNHU is intended to set you up for success in post-graduate fieldwork and help you establish the educational foundation necessary to prepare for the required licensing and entry-level professional counseling exams.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for mental health counselors are expected to increase 22% through 2028, faster than the average of all jobs.* Potential career paths include:
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by Southern New Hampshire University is designed to prepare students to meet the educational requirements for licensure in most states.
SNHU's MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree does not currently meet the requirements for licensure in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. We are not enrolling students from these states at this time.
It is a student's responsibility to understand the specific requirements of the state in which they intend to apply for licensure and to be aware of any changes to those requirements. If they move to another state, the requirements for licensure will likely be different from the state where they currently reside, and they are responsible for determining the licensure requirements in the state to which they relocate. The American Counseling Association provides a directory of all state professional counselor licensure boards.
In addition to the 60 required academic credits, students must attend two five-day residencies, either in New Hampshire or in additional locations that may be named later. They must also complete at least a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships during the program (some states require additional hours for licensure). In those states where additional practicum and/or internship hours or coursework is required, SNHU will work with students to obtain the additional hours and will make electives available to fulfill additional course requirements wherever possible.
SNHU does not guarantee that the completion of this program will result in state licensure or certification: In addition to successfully completing the educational requirements, students will need to meet other state licensure requirements. Students are responsible for understanding if a background check is required to apply for licensure and for determining if their own circumstances pose any barriers to licensure.
With our 60-credit master's in mental health counseling, you'll immerse yourself in development theory and treatment plans through the guidance of our experienced faculty - licensed counselors with national reputations. Coursework dives into understanding disorders, group dynamics, career assessments, addiction counseling and diverse populations.
The program emulates the profession, as you'll learn by observing, listening and talking. To prepare you for the face-to-face environment that the field requires, this program features video components, two on-site residencies, a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. (Some states may require additional fieldwork hours.)
Total Credits: 60
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course by course), Residency Course Fee (currently $1,400: covers lodging, most meals & other expenses), Travel for Residencies (varies).
SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (PCMH) is now offered by Northern Vermont University.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm (visited April 22, 2020).