Master On Campus

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 35520 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 35520 USD/year
466 USD/credit 13980 USD/year
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Students receive constant feedback and supervision throughout their training. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offered by James Madison University places a great deal of emphasis is placed on personal and professional growth and the practical application of skills.  


About this Degree

As members of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at James Madison University, we have formed our own special community of faculty, staff and students. We vary in abilities, age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and place of birth, but we share a common vision of achieving a vitally important mission and transforming students into successful community counselors. Our alumni are dedicated to providing competent, caring and ethical services to diverse clients in public agencies, community programs and private practices.

Putting our principles into practice, we strive to create a caring community in which we can thrive personally and grow professionally. While many of our graduates work in rural communities in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley or among the mountains of West Virginia, many more have moved on to serve in other communities throughout the mid-Atlantic region and across the nation. 

The Master of Arts degree is awarded only after completion of all educational specialist degree requirements. This program provides the academic and applied training necessary for individuals seeking employment as counselors in clinical mental health agencies, psychiatric facilities or private practice. The program requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Measurement and Statistics 
  • Assessment Procedures in Counseling 
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology 
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
  • Counseling Theories 
  • Counseling Techniques 
  • Substance Abuse Counseling 
  • Counseling Process 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement - at least 1,000 words describing yourself
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE General Test
  • Personal Interview -  We participate in an interview with selected applicants, usually during the end of January or beginning of February. Students who are selected for an interview will be notified as early in advance as possible. Students who are admitted into the program must have a completed background check on file prior to enrolling in classes. Information regarding how to complete this requirement is provided directly to students after admissions processes are completed. Please note that some internships sites may require a more rigorous background check as part of their placement process.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    35520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    13980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 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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