M.Sc. Online

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Grand Canyon University

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Mental health counselors enter the field because they feel called to help others overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. If you feel that God has called you to serve those who are struggling with psychological, social or behavioral issues, you can earn your Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. 


The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University is an intensive survey of the evidence-based theories and practical applications of counseling, including the development of preventive, interventional and rehabilitative plans. Students are encouraged to develop a greater awareness of social and cultural trends, which can guide the counselor-client relationship. 

There is an emphasis on the role of ethics within the counseling profession. Students examine legal and professional standards, and think critically about current ethical issues that they may encounter in future practice as a mental health counselor.

Effective mental health counselors are strong communicators, active listeners and empathetic, compassionate people who are able to make genuine connections with their clients. In this degree program, you will explore the client-counselor relationship and learn to establish appropriate boundaries. 

You will learn how to evaluate scientific research and apply evidence-based information to your practice. All MS in clinical mental health counseling students also complete the Career Counseling course, which provides a broad understanding of career development and decisions as a mental health counselor.


Earning a master’s degree in counseling prepares students to pursue a meaningful and impactful career helping others reach their full potential. As a future mental health counselor, you could devote your practice to helping clients affected by substance abuse, trauma or depression. 

Many mental health counselors practice in hospitals, clinics and private practices. Others work in community-based organizations, social service agencies and nonprofit entities. Some decide to practice telemedicine, which enables them to help clients located all over the country.

GCU’s Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling degree prepares students to pursue professional licensure. The program meets the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Counseling 
  • Professional Counseling, Ethical, and Legal Considerations 
  • Theories and Models of Counseling 
  • Substance Use Disorders and Addictions 
  • Counseling Skills 
  • Counseling the Culturally Diverse
  • Group Counseling 

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate applicants may be accepted at GCU with an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or program that has been approved by Grand Canyon University (GCU), with a 2.8 GPA or higher. 
  • If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for admission with a graduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college or program and passing test scores: GMAT, GRE.

Tuition Fee

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    530 USD/credit
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  • National

    530 USD/credit
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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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