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Community Development Concentration

Advance Your Career and Make a Difference in Your Community

The University of New Haven’s online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Community Development degree prepares you to plan, develop, and evaluate innovative treatment and prevention approaches in human services and mental health contexts. When you complete the program, you can work as a licensed professional counselor serving diverse populations in your community and beyond.

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  • Duration 3 years
  • Cost per Credit $700
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • Join an in-demand industry
  • Gain valuable field experience
  • Learn from experienced counselors and clinicians
  • Develop the knowledge to pursue licensure

Learn to Direct Community Programs and Services

The online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Community Development concentration delivers the administrative expertise you need to direct traditional and non-traditional programs and services. Advocacy and social justice principles are built into the curriculum so you’re ready to work with clients from all walks of life and lead community development initiatives in your organization.

As a low-residency program with 100% online coursework, our online community development degree gives you the flexibility you need to complete your studies while working full time. Finish in just three years and gain interdisciplinary professional skills for the next step in your community psychology career.

Qualify for High-Impact Counseling and Community Development Jobs

Community development and mental health experts play a vital role in creating stronger, healthier communities. Professionals at the intersection of these two fields can make a positive impact and help others in a broad range of practice settings like government agencies, community organizations, mental health facilities, and more.

With employment of community and social service occupations expected to grow 12% through 2029,1 earning your M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Community Development degree online from the University of New Haven puts you on the path to success in a meaningful career.

Social and Community Service Manager


Social and community services managers are responsible for developing and directing programs that solve problems and improve quality of life for individuals and groups in their communities. They carry out fundraising efforts, plan outreach projects, and use research to evaluate initiatives for effectiveness.

Health Educator and Community Health Worker


Health educators and community health workers teach community members and clients ways to improve their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. They are also responsible for collecting relevant data, helping individuals access programs and services, and advocating for ways to improve community health.

Additional counseling and community development jobs include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
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Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Community Development online degree features a curriculum grounded in experiential opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. It is designed to align with state of Connecticut and CACREP standards for licensed counseling professionals. Students complete internship, practicum, and residency components to prepare for real-world practice in a variety of roles.

You will study career-focused topics like organizational behavior, program evaluation, public policy, and more. Courses are 15 weeks in duration and emphasize collaborative, discovery-based learning.

Course Spotlight: PSYC 6619 Organizational Behavior

A field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, structure, and culture have on individual behavior within organizations. Covers psychological aspects of organizations, including employee attitudes, personality, motivation, work design, incentives, leader behaviors, interpersonal communication, influence, conflict, and stress. Review of research findings and skill-building relevant to understanding, prediction, and development of human behavior in organizations.

Curriculum Details

Course Spotlight: PSYC 6610 Program Evaluation

A systematic study of the processes involved in planning, implementation, and impact of organizational programs. The focus is on action research strategies that integrate the entire evaluation process.

Concentration Options

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.

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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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Community and Social Service Occupations. Retrieved from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers. Retrieved from