With an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you can prepare for a variety of career options as well as professional licensure. Professional licensure titles and the processes for obtaining these credentials are determined by each state.

The most common professional counseling titles include licensed professional counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, and licensed mental health counselor.*

You may also work with youth, adults, or a geriatric population in a wide range of professional settings, including:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Wellness centers
  • Inpatient/outpatient facilities
    • Day programs (youth, adult, geriatric services)
    • Partial and intensive hospitalization programs
  • Public or private hospitals and healthcare settings
    • Hospice and palliative care
    • Trauma centers
  • Domestic violence, emergency, and homeless shelters
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Child and family service agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Social service agencies
  • Private practice
  • Community churches and other places of worship and communal gathering

Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.



Lara Paz

Iara Paz

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate
I have worked in the substance-abuse field since completion of my bachelor's degree in psychology. I realized that I needed direction—just having a broad human service degree would be limiting. With my higher degree from Walden, my background and experience is now confirmed through my educational knowledge and allows me the authority to speak about social change.
What an amazing payoff and reward when so many are focused on the common goal of learning.
I knew from earning my master’s degree that Walden fit my schedule as an intervention counselor, trainer, and single parent.
Melissa Enoch-Deberry MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate
Melissa Enoch DeBerry
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Tomica Buford MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
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