Empower others to transform their lives and prepare to seek licensure
As a mental health professional, you are already committed to improving the mental and emotional health of others. Through our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges. You focus on helping them develop their strengths and find their own solutions to issues.
Led by faculty with extensive clinical practice experience, our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program explores the latest counseling theories; evidence-based research; and tools for preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental health disorders. Through role-playing and case studies in class and at residencies, you are given opportunities to practice counseling skills and concepts. Then, through supervised field work and a practicum, you can apply your skills to help others lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
Learn from an American Counseling Association (ACA) past president and faculty who are active in their fields and ACA members.
Engage in case studies, watch videos, and view simulations that reflect scenarios you may encounter in the field.
Enjoy support every step of the way, including a digital library (with librarians), 24/7 technical support, a writing center, and a career center.
Choose from a General Program or one of five optional specializations to help you tailor your education to the clients you will serve.
Gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges.
Prepare to address the unique emotional challenges of individuals and families as they find their way to hope and healing.
Build your knowledge of mental health law, with a specific focus on juvenile justice and delinquency.
Learn to empower people to resolve marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child rearing, school issues, family violence, and other matters.
Help families cope with the complex emotional challenges of military life with a specialization in Military Families and Culture.
Gain the counseling skills and theoretical foundation to help individuals heal from trauma and assist communities in managing crisis.
Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
The online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to:
- Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
- Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
- Analyze cultural development theories and models.
- Examine empirically based theories of human development.
- Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
- Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
- Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
- Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
- Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
- Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
Read our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes Report and Annual Data Report on the School of Counseling DATA webpage.
A master’s in clinical mental health counseling sets you up for a rewarding career of changing lives for the better. From counseling individuals and families in times of crisis, to helping people battle addiction, counseling professionals make a meaningful difference every day.
Our online program helps you meet the requirements to pursue licensure as a counseling professional. Whether you want to work as a counselor in a mental health agency, or open a private independent practice, a counseling degree prepares you for opportunities in many settings.
There is an increasing demand for professionals with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. Employment for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counseling professionals is expected to grow by 25% between 2019 and 2029.1
Career options with a MS in Clinical Mental Health include:
- Mental health counselor
- Clinical therapist
- Licensed professional counselor
- Mental health therapist
If I did not attend Walden University, I would not have the counseling skills required to work with populations affected by mental illness.
Mechele Landin-Hurt MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
I always enjoyed my classes at Walden, which is why I decided to re-enroll for my PhD.
Jennifer Erickson MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
While attending Walden University, I had the most valuable education that led to me opening my own business.
Dorothy Butts-Valentine MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
FAQ About Walden’s Online MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
A master’s degree is typically needed to work in the mental health field as a counselor in the United States. Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree meets the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Graduates work as mental health counselors in agencies, universities, hospitals, trauma centers, shelters, correctional facilities, employee assistance programs, community churches, and private practice. Mental health counselors provide counseling to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Mental health counselors also serve as advocates for the mental health needs of their clients and their communities.
Walden students come from all over the world, which brings a wealth of diverse perspectives to the online classroom. Our faculty are also diverse. Walden has more than 3,000 faculty members from various cultures, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, areas of expertise, etc. All our counseling faculty members hold doctorates and are licensed practitioners. We also adhere to Walden’s mission of social change and as such, students and faculty engage worldwide in endeavors that create change and make our world a better place for all. Finally, Walden faculty are available to provide one-on-one support for students in their development of the required skills and dispositions to be confident and competent professionals. We are committed to graduating every student admitted.
Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 2009. Walden is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Yes—all of Walden’s programs are online. Walden has been a leader in distance learning since 1970. As a pioneer in the field, Walden University is structured to meet the needs of working adults who want a quality professional education in a flexible format.
Students who take one or two courses a term can complete the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 33 months to three years. Students who are eligible to enroll in three courses a term can potentially finish their program in 27 months.
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