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Counseling - Clinical Mental Health, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Online
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program provides students with the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances through a flexible, problem-solving approach that supports positive change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career area is estimated at 37 percent through 2020.
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Clinical mental health counselors can find opportunities in a number of settings, including community agencies, behavioral health care facilities, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment centers.

This program leads to eligibility, after passing the required examination and meeting the post-master’s supervised experience requirement, as a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and may lead to licensure in other states, depending on their requirements.

The course of study is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the core required courses in the program meet the eight CACREP core areas required by most states for licensure.


The Wake Forest University Counseling Department programs are accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling track of Master of Arts in Counseling is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Programme Structure

It all begins with a solid core curriculum of courses to provide knowledge in eight key areas:

  • Appraisal Procedures
  • Career and Lifestyle Development
  • Group Work • Helping Relationships
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Social and Cultural Foundations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A completed online application
  • Application Fee of $75.00
  • Scan of official transcript(s) – submitted with the application
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if required)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (Goal Statement)
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    49322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49322 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    49322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49322 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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The Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence provides 2:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 for endeavors that showcase and reinforce Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal.

Priority is given to proposals that facilitate cross-disciplinary intellectual engagement between faculty and students and those that recognize the academic excellence of our faculty and develop scholarly themes and emerging academic and pedagogical issues. Funding can be spread over one or two years. The fund will provide a match for speakers, workshops, artists-in-residence, tutorial grants and conferences that facilitate intellectual community at Wake Forest University by supporting research, teaching, curricular development and/or creativity.

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