Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
24 months
1509 USD/credit 45270 USD/year
1509 USD/credit 45270 USD/year
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Here at the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at University of San Diego, you'll make a major impact on the lives of clients struggling with mental health issues—and moreover, the effects of your work will extend throughout families, social networks, and communities.


Help communities heal, one person at a time.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at University of San Diego is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As a CMHC student, you'll learn evidence-based practices by engaging coursework. Then, you'll have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and serve culturally diverse populations.

Through our core curriculum and practice in the field, you'll be prepared to become an exemplary counselor committed to ethical practice in diverse global contexts. We place a strong focus on program planning and evaluation, leadership, applied research, and evidence-based interventions—as well as advocacy for human development issues and equitable access to quality services and programs. As a graduate of this program, you can work in a number of public and private clinical settings, or continue on to doctoral work.

This program follows a specific course sequence and requires practicum work in the second year. You will have general administrative support from the department and a faculty advisor who can help you shape your studies and career path. When you step out into the professional world post-graduation, you'll be well prepared and deeply familiar with how to offer meaningful intervention and make a lasting impact.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Orientation, Law and Ethics in Counseling
  • Counseling Theories and Practice
  • Advanced Counseling: Diagnosis And Treatment Planning
  • Counseling Skills
  • Human Development
  • Group Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit the University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Online Application with $45 application fee
  • Upload the following to submit your online application
  • An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application
  • Students who earned their bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by World Education Services (WES) at the time of application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A 500-word maximum statement of purpose
  • Official score reports for the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia
  • GPA is 3.00
  • Undergraduate coursework in psychology and/or other social science fields is recommended.

Work experience

  • Experience in a related field is recommended, but not required for admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    45270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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