24 months
17886 USD/year
17886 USD/year
7480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University is a specialty track within the Graduate Counseling program located at the Western Carolina University instructional site at Biltmore Park-Asheville. 


What You'll Learn

The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University is a 60-hour program that utilizes the traditional classroom setting along with practical experience. Some of the issues covered in the classroom include: professional orientation, human growth and development, cross-cultural counseling, ethical and legal issues, crisis intervention, assessments and diagnostics, and individual and group counseling, among others. Outside of the classroom, students will engage in 750 hours of hands-on learning during two field-placement experiences. 

Where You'll Go

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you to work in diverse settings such as mental health facilities, substance recovery centers, schools, community and four-year college counseling centers, non-profit organizations, private practice, and more. This important work gives you the opportunity to help individuals cope with or overcome various mental and emotional issues. The Counseling program is intentionally designed to give you the skills you need for employment you wish to pursue in the counseling field.

Programme Structure

Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum include:

  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling 
  • The Helping Relationship 
  • Family Counseling 
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling 
  • Addictions Counseling 
  • Developmental Perspectives in Counseling 
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling 
  • Crisis Counseling 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
150 (verbal)
150 (quantitative)
4 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the M.A.Ed. in School Counseling or the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty areas, applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

    • A bachelor's degree with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Applicants without a minimum 3.0 GPA must submit GRE Scores.
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) minimum scores of 150 on Verbal/Quantitative and 4.0 on Analytical. Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher are not required to submit GRE scores.
    • An earned master's degree

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3740 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Asheville

1124 - 1870 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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