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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.Sc.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 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). The education programs as well as the School Counseling Program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Counseling Programs (School and Clinical Mental Health) are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) was developed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) to respond to a growing request for an international recognition review process for counsellor education programs around the world.

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

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Graduate students are expected to complete their master’s degrees and certificates within six years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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).

Minimum Program Requirements:
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate coursework must contain 48 semester credits (or equivalent in quarter hours) in the liberal arts.
  • Baccalaureate degree must show completion of a statistics course with a C- or higher.
  • Have demonstrated apptitude with acceptable test scores from the GRE. Certified teachers applying for the MA in School Counseling may submit a copy of their teaching certificate and passing PLT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Applicants who hold a conferred Master's degree or higher will be waived from the GRE.
Have a complete admission file.
Successful completion of an interview with the Graduate Counseling Program Admissions Committee and recommendation from the committee to admit from the admissions committee to ensure the candidate holds qualifications and a personal disposition to uphold ethical standards of the counseling profession.
To complete an application file, please provide:
  • An online application for admission to Northern Kentucky University (apply online)
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Programs by the colleges or universities one has attended
  • Submission of recent scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you already hold a conferred Master's degree you do not need to take the GRE. For applicants to the school counseling program you may submit a copy of your Praxis II Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) if you are a certified teacher
  • Supplemental Application
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's academic performance, work experience, or potential for becoming a professional counselor. References must be on the Master of Counseling Recommendation Form. At least one letter must be academic (i.e., written by a professor or an instructor). We understand that for some applicants, contacting former instructors is not feasible; in these situations, professional references, written by supervisors or managers who are familiar with your work, are also acceptable. Each reference should e-mail their recommendation form (from the person making the recommendation) to
  • Updated resume tailored to graduate school
  • School counseling applicants must also submit a Criminal Background Report (Federal & State). The background check will be waived if an applicant has a teaching certificate from KYEPSB or ODE or IDE and submits a copy of that instead (substitute teaching certificates or emergency teaching certificates are not acceptable)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1644 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 822 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    1068 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 534 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Graduate Metro Rate: $643 (Students who reside in any Ohio or Indiana counties)
  • Tuition per credit hour rate

Living costs for Highland Heights

  • 900 - 1400 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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