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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.

Get Support at Every Step

From the start of your program, you’ll get personalized guidance and inspiration from faculty who want to see you succeed.

Master Essential Skills

Build your confidence through cutting-edge simulation technologies and other opportunities to practice and refine your skills.

Join a Diverse Community

Engage with faculty and peers and participate in coursework designed to help you work with people from different backgrounds.

Personalize Your Path

Choose our General Program or one of five specializations to tailor your coursework to the career you want.

Program Savings

Receive your tech fee waived for your first term and pay no tuition for 9 credits of Practicum and Internship, if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers a General Program as well as five optional specializations to help you tailor your education to the clients you will serve.

General Program

Gain the insights, confidence, and practical skills to help clients cope with mental and emotional challenges.

Addiction Counseling

Prepare to address the emotional challenges of individuals and families as they cope with substance abuse issues.

Forensic Counseling

Build your knowledge of mental health law, with a specific focus on juvenile justice and delinquency.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Learn to empower people to resolve marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child-rearing, and other matters.

Military Families and Culture

Help families cope with the complex emotional challenges of military life, such as prolonged deployments and PTSD.

Trauma and Crisis Counseling

Gain the counseling skills and theoretical foundation to help individuals heal from trauma and assist communities in managing crisis.

Admission Requirements

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.


Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of our master’s in clinical mental health counseling program, you will be prepared 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.



Career Impact

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

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