Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's program prepares students for certification with hundreds of hours of field experience. This 60-credit degree gives graduates the opportunity to work in a life-changing and growing profession. Students benefit from the creative, clinical, and critical thinking skills they develop at IUP.

We also offer graduate assistantships for students. The master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is also available at our IUP Pittsburgh East campus.

*Applications for summer/fall 2023 are due by Friday, February 3, 2023!

This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, and business and industry settings. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

IUP features a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for licensure after graduation. Classes cover subjects such as group and individual counseling in times of crisis and addiction. The faculty in our Department of Counseling help students reach their goals, and the Center for Creativity and Change hosts workshops and other events to further support graduate students.

The counseling curriculum is based on the educational standards set by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Students who successfully complete their coursework are eligible to take the National Certification Exam. Upon passing the exam, students become board-eligible counselors.

Contact the Coordinator

MA and MEd Programs

Dr. Brittany Pollard-Kosidowski


MA Admissions Ambassadors

Anne Ulizio


Olivia Shine


International MA Admissions Ambassadors

Remy Garland


Jodie Nicholson


Information Sessions for Prospective MA Students

To register, visit our registration page or call (412) 824-1149.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program will complete 60 hours of credit for the degree. The program requires the following courses:

Course Number Course name Credits
GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
COUN 615 Counseling Across the Life Span 3 cr.
COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills 3 cr.
COUN 618 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling 3 cr.
COUN 634 Assessment Procedures for Clinical Mental Health Counselors 3 cr.
COUN 636 Career Counseling 3 cr.
COUN 637 Counseling Theories 3 cr.
COUN 639 Group Counseling Theory and Experience 3 cr.
COUN 657 Individual Counseling Practicum (Clinical Mental Health) 3 cr.
COUN 669 Group Counseling Practicum 3 cr.
COUN 671 Introduction to Diagnostic Issues for Counselors 3 cr.
COUN 672 Counseling and Consulting within Systems 3 cr.
COUN 677 Crisis and Addictions Counseling 3 cr.
COUN 710 Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 cr.
COUN 720 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling 3 cr.
COUN 755 Field Experience 6 cr.

Careers in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Our program's philosophy is to approach counseling from an educational and developmental perspective, emphasizing prevention and promoting enrichment in people's lives while also providing skills for effective intervention. The wide variety of employment settings in which our graduates are found reflects this developmental, preventative, and interventionist focus. This career path allows for life-changing assistance for youth and adults who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse.

Compassion for others and willingness to help are prerequisites for the field of personal counseling. There are many benefits to working in clinical mental health counseling. In addition to having the opportunity to change lives, the field is projected to have greater than average job growth through 2022, which includes the state of Pennsylvania. Earning your master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling also allows you to earn a PhD, which further increases your career options.

Explore our Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program!

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's program utilizes firsthand experience in the field and a comprehensive curriculum to help students earn certification. Interested in learning about this program? Request more information today!