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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum from Fielding Graduate University prepares you to develop a broad and comprehensive view of the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling through a rigorous program of study. You will gain knowledge about professional identity, multicultural theories, ethics, social justice advocacy, counseling theories, and issues impacting the profession.

The CMHC program is designed to meet the accreditation standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Fielding distributed learning approach features coursework delivered through a synchronous and asynchronous format, two annual residencies, cluster/cohort meetings, and clinical training through practicum and internship in an approved setting near you.

Student Learning Outcomes

The primary goals of the program are to:
  • Prepare for licensure eligibility as a professional counselor
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to be a culturally competent counselor
  • Acquire real-world clinical experience

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Professional Identity: Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Introduction to Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Addictive Disorders
  • Career Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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).

General Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Online Application Form 
  • Résumé 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation 
  • Official Transcript 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    720 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    720 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 USD per credit 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.

Living costs for Santa Barbara

  • 1640 - 2480 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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