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Mental Health Counseling

Our CACREP-accredited masters degree program is designed around a set of core classes, selected to be consistent with national accreditation standards for masters programs in counseling, state licensing requirements for counselors, and university requirements for graduate programs. In addition to this common core, the masters in mental health counseling program requires specialized coursework and extensive field-based internship training to prepare the student for professional practice. An assigned faculty advisor assists the student in choosing elective coursework and in planning field-based practice and internship experiences.

The Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling is designed to train mental health counselors for employment in community agency and private practice settings. Graduates of this program meet the training requirements established by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board for licensure as a professional counselor (PC).

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Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s), Required clinical experience




Main Campus


College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Amanda L Guardia
Phone: 513-556-8462

Student Success Factors

Being oriented toward working with people and a strong desire to gain experience in the mental health field are key qualities that may be shared by successful students. Creativity, dedication, and the ability to work independently (with supervision) are other important qualities for successful students.

Career Possibilities

There are many career possibilities -- working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Career counseling, working with the severely mentally ill or homeless, or providing counseling in a wide varitey of mental health settings are just some of the many opportunities for careers in the field.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Classes focus on learning about psychopathology and interventions for those with mental health problems are a focus of study. The program's prevention-based, ecological focus allows the student to learn about holistic approaches to intervention with those who experience a myriad of different mental health problems. Students are well-prepared to sit for the licensing exam, which is a capstone experience related to completion of this degree.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • CNSL7015, Career Development and Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7021, Counseling Techniques, 3
    • CNSL7023, Counseling Theories, 3
    • CNSL8031, Abnormal Human Behavior, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • CNSL7001, Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7025, Group Work in Ecological Counseling - Theory, Research, and Practice, 3
    • CNSL7050, Field Practicum in Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8037, Diagnosis of Mental, Emotional, and Substance Use Disorders, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • CNSL7005, Multicultural Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7011, Ecological Counseling Across the Lifespan, 3
    • CNSL7031, Assessment in Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7060, Masters Internship in Counseling, 1 - 6
    Fall (Year 2)
    • CNSL7060, Masters Internship in Counseling, 1 - 6
    • CNSL8034, Mental Health and Substance Use Assessment , 3
    • CNSL8041, Mental Health Counseling in Community Settings , 3
    • CNSLxxxx, Student will complete a Faculty approved elective., 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • CNSL7008, Research and Program Evaluation in Ecological Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8048, Ecological Counseling for Couples and Families, 3
    • CNSL8046, Chemical Dependency Counseling , 3
    • CNSLxxxx, Student will complete a Faculty approved elective., 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Gaining hands-on experience through internship training is an advantage of training in this program! Students also have opportunities to participate in research, which may be beneficial if a goal is to apply for additional study at the doctoral level. Chi Sigma Iota, a national counseling honor society, maintains an active chapter affiliated with the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Goal statement
  • 3 references
  • Vita
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • GRE General



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