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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Western Carolina University

24 months
20438 USD/year
20438 USD/year
10030 USD/year
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Western Carolina University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intentionally designed to give you the skills you need to pursue the employment you are passionate about. This program is nationally CACREP-accredited.

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Key facts:

  • The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you to work in diverse settings such as mental health facilities, substance abuse centers, community and four-year college counseling centers, non-profit organizations, domestic violence shelters, and more as well as private practice under supervision, moving toward state licensure.
  • The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Western Carolina University is a 60-semester hour program that utilizes the traditional classroom setting along with practical experience. Some of the issues covered in the classroom include: human growth and development; social and cultural foundations of counseling; and professional counselor orientation. Students will also explore issues related to mental health counseling such as ethics and legal issues. Outside of the classroom students will engage in at least 600 hours of hands-on learning during a full-time internship. Graduates are prepared to pursue the post-Master's Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential.
  • There are a number of organizations in need of qualified mental health counselors. Some destinations for employment are domestic violence shelters, mental health facilities, college campuses and substance abuse centers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for mental health counselors is $43,990 and is predicting the job field to increase 29% by 2022.

Programme Structure

Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum include:

  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling 
  • The Helping Relationship 
  • Family Counseling 
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling 
  • Addictions Counseling or SOCW 520: Addictions 
  • Developmental Perspectives in Counseling 
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling 
  • Crisis Counseling 
  • Group Methods in Counseling 
  • Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling 
  • Career Development 
  • The DSM and Effective Treatment in Counseling 
  • Methods of Research 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) minimum scores of 150 on Verbal/Quantitative and 4.0 on Analytical
  • An earned masters degree
  • Applicants must also submit:
    • Transcript(s)
    • GRE test scores (if applicable)
    • The WCU graduate application form
    • Three recommendations for graduate study (we prefer that recommendations be academic or employment-related)
    • Responses to 4 essay paragraph prompts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10219 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    20438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10219 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10030 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5015 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.


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