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Online Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Prepare for a Successful Career as a Licensed Counselor

Begin your career as a Licensed Professional Counselor or National Certified Counselor with the University of New Haven. Our online, low-residency M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to align with state of Connecticut and CACREP standards for licensed counseling professionals.

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  • Duration 3 years
  • Cost per Credit $721
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • Join an in-demand industry
  • Specialize your degree in Forensic Mental Health
  • Gain valuable field experience
  • Learn from experienced counselors and clinicians

Make a Difference and Improve Wellbeing for Diverse Populations

The University of New Haven’s online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program prepares you to advance your career as a licensed professional counselor in a variety of settings.

As a student, you will develop essential interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills along with the core competencies you need to become an effective, culturally aware, and ethical counselor. Because the curriculum is grounded in advocacy and social justice principles, you will graduate ready to provide mental health services to diverse individuals, groups, and communities.

Featuring 700 hours of supervised clinical training as well as 100% online coursework and two residencies, the online clinical mental health counseling master’s degree can be completed in just three years. You can also choose from an optional concentration in forensic mental health to specialize your studies.

When you complete your program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to function as a professional clinical mental health counselor. You will be prepared for employment in a variety of settings and able to meet certification and licensure standards as a mental health counselor.

Curriculum

Our competency-based online master’s in clinical mental health counseling curriculum consists of 60 credit hours and 20 courses. Experiential activities inside and outside of the classroom prepare you for high-impact counseling practice. You will complete practicum and internship opportunities, applying what you learn to find solutions to real-world clinical challenges.

Choose from an optional concentration in forensic mental health to customize your learning. As a student, you will study topics like counseling skills and techniques, addiction and substance use counseling, assessment, diversity issues, trauma intervention, and more.

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Program Outcomes

When you complete the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program, you will be able to:

Specialize Your Degree With An Optional Concentration

MA in CMHC: Forensic Mental Health Concentration

The forensic mental health concentration prepares students for counseling specifically focused on offenders or victims in forensic settings. You will learn how criminal justice relates to professional counseling through coursework in forensic assessment, abnormal psychology, law, and more.

Career Outlook

The University of New Haven’s online clinical mental health counseling master’s degree prepares you for licensed counseling careers in settings like private or group practice, mental health facilities, community organizations, and government agencies. With employment for counselors expected to grow 25% through 2029,1 demand for trained mental health practitioners is on the rise.

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Admission Requirements

To apply for the online clinical mental health counseling master’s program from the University of New Haven, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

We are proud to offer competitive tuition and high-quality learning opportunities for our students. The online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program is $721 per credit hour and includes 60 credits. To find out more about tuition and fees, visit the link below.

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Learn From Mental Health Experts

Our faculty is made up of experienced counselors and clinicians who are conducting research and actively practicing in the field. They work one-on-one with students, providing personal attention and sharing valuable expertise to prepare you for success.

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Your Online Student Experience

The online degrees available from the University of New Haven are designed for working professionals and busy adults. As a student, you’ll benefit from flexible program delivery and the same academic rigor as our on-campus programs.

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Financial Aid

A graduate degree is an investment in your future. We want to make sure you have the information and resources you need to fund your studies. Explore transfer credit options, military benefits, federal aid, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to commonly asked questions about online learning at the University of New Haven. If you need additional information that’s not covered here, our admissions team can help. Contact us or call 855.474.8465.

This program can be completed in three years, depending on transfer credits and how many courses you take at a time.

GMAT or GRE scores are not required for admission into this program.

To apply for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you will need official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

You do not have to choose a concentration as part of your degree. Students also have the option of pursuing a general program by selecting from a list of approved courses, including courses available in the other concentrations.

When you complete your program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to function as a professional clinical mental health counselor. You will be prepared for employment in a variety of settings and able to meet certification and licensure standards as a mental health counselor.

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Sources:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm.

*Click here to learn more about licensure information for the online MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.