Mental Health Counseling


Why study Mental Health Counseling?

Why you should pursue a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling?

Mental Health Counseling is a career choice that is widely popular and has remained in high demand during challenging and prosperous economic times. The University of Cincinnati's Mental Health Counseling graduate degree is designed to train counselors for employment in community agencies and private practice settings. The overarching goal of the program is to train counselors to function appropriately as wellness-oriented mental health professionals, working within communities to improve the lives of individuals and families.

Graduates of this counseling degree program meet the training requirements established by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and will be prepared for the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate transcript
  • References (3 strongly preferred, minimum of 1 required)
  • Goal statement (2 parts, including a commitment to multiculturalism)
  • CV/Resume

Application Procedures:

Prospective students should complete the online application by January 15th for Fall enrollment. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Unofficial Transcripts:

At the time of application, please upload unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the application.

Official Transcript Submission after Enrollment Confirmation:

Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, they must submit an official transcript showing the conferral of a bachelor's degree. Official final transcripts or transcript evaluations showing bachelor's degree conferral must be submitted by the start of a student's first term of enrollment at UC. A course registration hold will be placed on the second term of enrollment for any student missing their official transcript/transcript evaluation showing bachelor's degree conferral.

For more information on where to submit official transcripts, please visit the Graduate College's website.

UC Alumni

Students who have received a degree from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official copies of their UC transcripts. However, UC alumni still must upload unofficial transcripts during the application process. 

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.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for the careers listed below. All opportunities may not be listed. 

Please contact Dr. Andrew Wood, mental health counseling program coordinator, for questions related to advising.

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.

For international admissions requirements, please visit our website.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for Fall Semester admission to the Mental Health Counseling program is January 15th.

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).

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0014
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18MAS-MHC-MA