Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Join a growing, respected field of clinical mental health professionals.

Earn your master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Spalding University.

At Spalding, we value learning and the promotion of peace and justice. Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling employs a cohort model that collaborates with students in safe learning spaces. You'll use your knowledge, skill and creativity to develop a place in mental health that's in line with your professional interests and goals. You'll be ready to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of your clients from a wellness perspective, focusing on personal strengths rather than negative behaviors.

Inclusive & supportive

You’ll benefit from working within a small, diverse cohort of students. We welcome students from all backgrounds and differences, including race, ethnicity, gender, identity, ability, and faith. Together, you’ll progress through the program, taking the same classes, and develop a network of friends and future colleagues.

You’ll also benefit from working with our faculty of scholars, practitioners and counselor educators. They’ll mentor and assist you as you develop your specialty and help you connect with other professionals along the way.

Options for various approaches to clinical mental health counseling may include:

  • substance abuse and addictions,
  • adventure-based,
  • faith-based,
  • therapeutic art, music or writing,
  • or another area of interest to you.

Excellent clinical training

Through teaching, training and modeling observed in the classroom and in the field, you’ll discover how to serve the individual mental health needs of diverse clients and communities. Our courses are offered face to face with some hybrid learning methods.

  • Earn your master’s in two years (60 credit hours).
  • Gain knowledge of preventive strategies that promote mental health.
  • Benefit from a program of study that is fully-aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards.
  • Engage in field experiences (practicum and internships) that enhance your clinical education, including opportunities at our on-campus clinic, Center for Behavioral Health.
  • Build your resume with opportunities for research and publication.
  • Be prepared to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE).

Join a growing profession

Whether you are a recent college graduate or a professional looking to make a career change, you are looking at a profession that’s actively growing. In fact, the demand for mental health counselors projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

See our professional licensure disclosure.

In addition to an affordable tuition rate, we also offer a 10% tuition discount to alumni of Spalding University.

How to Apply
You’ll apply to our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) by filling out an online application to our College of Education.

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2021 cohort. Our application deadline is June 1. 

Please review our CMHC admission requirements before you begin the application process.

Quick Facts

  • 2 years to earn your master’s degree
  • 60 credit hours
    – 51 credit hours of counseling courses
    – 3 credit hours of practicum
    – 6 credit hours of internship
  • Up to 20 students per cohort
  • Research and publication opportunities

Accreditation & Reports

Spalding University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is in the process of seeking accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). See our current accreditation status and updates.

View our program’s Annual Report.

Contact us

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Call (502) 873-4260