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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
, KY,
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to be counselors in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, private practice, community clinics and agencies, and often work through an agency with adolescents or children in school.


However, the work is almost entirely in one-on-one or group counseling settings. At Northern Kentucky University prepares professional counselors to meet the unique needs of diverse clients.

Our graduates serve the Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, and Indiana tri-state area.

With a developmental focus and a commitment to prevention and advocacy, our program offers:
  • A curriculum that instills a strong professional identity consistent with the standards and values of the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • The required coursework to be eligible for licensure as a professional counselor in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, as well as most other states
  • Coursework and field experience to prepare students to assist clients in working through life challenges (e.g., developmental concerns, adjustment to college, divorce, career issues, bereavement) as well as diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders (e.g., major depressive disorder, attention-deficit disorder, social phobia)
  • Faculty with more than 50 years of combined experience in clinical mental health counseling, including residential treatment, outpatient care, substance abuse treatment, child and adolescent counseling, private practice, college counseling, and community mental health
  • Collaborations with a diverse array of mental health providers in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana to provide high-quality placements for practicum and internship experiences
  • A unique community-based service and training program through the NKU Training and Development Center, providing low-cost mental health services to underserved residents in Northern Kentucky in collaboration with the Northern Kentucky Regional Mental Health Court and Northern Kentucky Recovery Centers
  • Mentoring designed to promote students’ personal and professional development
  • Opportunities to engage in community outreach, professional presentation and research projects, both independently and alongside professors.


Northern Kentucky University is fully regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Human Development
  • Career Counseling
  • Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions
  • Research Methods and Program Evaluation
  • Orientation to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Counseling Families and Couples
  • Diagnosis of Emotional & Mental Disorders
  • Treatment Planning in Counseling
  • Counseling At-Risk Populations
  • Crisis Counseling & Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health Systems and Supervision

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Submit an online application and application fee to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and any graduate coursework sent directly from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  • Submit official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This requirement will be waived for those individuals who have already completed a master’s degree.
  • Submit the supplemental application including a 500-700 word essay
  • Three recommendations
  • ubmit a professional resume tailored to educational goals, including educational background, employment history, awards, and accomplishments.
  • Successful completion of an interview with the counseling program faculty 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    943 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 943 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    738 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 738 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    613 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 613 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Highland Heights

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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