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Mental Health Counseling

What is Mental Health Counseling?

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. Our overarching goal is to ensure we are training counselors to function appropriately as wellness-oriented mental health professionals, working within communities to improve the lives of individuals and families. 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 licensed professional counselor (LPC) and will be prepared for the National Counselor Examination (NCE). Additionally, graduates will be trained to contribute to a system of care that is valuing of diversity; serving as advocates for equity while building mindful partnerships to improve the wellbeing of clients. For additional information, please contact Amanda Carlisle at (513) 556-3335.

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 variety of mental health settings are just some of the many opportunities for careers in the field.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Please contact Dr. Amanda La Guardia, mental health counseling program coordinator, at (513) 556-8462, about application requirements, to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program, and for information related to advising.

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.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements include: 

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

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.  

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:   Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
 

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:   Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Quick Facts

Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling

Full-Time Program Duration

2.5 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

PO Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-8462
Amanda La Guardia
amanda.laguardia@uc.edu