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Mental Health Counseling

What is Mental Health Counseling?

Our CACREP-accredited masters degree program is designed around a set of core es, 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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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.

Curriculum Guides


Please contact Dr. Mei Tang, program director, at 513-556-3716, 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

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



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

Quick Facts

Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling

Full-Time Program Duration

2.5 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



Phone: 513-556-8462
Amanda L Guardia