Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Master of Arts

Master of arts (MA)

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Program details

Credits required: 60

Location Format  
Grand Rapids Face-to-face
Kalamazoo Face-to-face

Industry highlights

Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2010 to 2020.US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Eager to start practicing? How about doing instead.

You love helping others realize their full potential and are ready to reach your own. With a Master of Arts degree in counselor education—clinical mental health counseling from Western Michigan University, your career advancement is in your own hands.

Upon completing the program at WMU, you'll earn your limited licensed professional counselor credential from the state of Michigan and can start practicing in a variety of fields right away.

Why clinical mental health counseling at Western Michigan University

The clinical mental health counseling program offered by the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at WMU allows you to specialize and makes you marketable in a variety of fields. The program incorporates coursework in research methods, group dynamics, tests and measurement, counseling theory and techniques, professional issues and ethics, multicultural counseling, lifespan development, career development, psychopathology, causes of substance abuse, recovery oriented systems of care and foundations of clinical mental health counseling. This master's degree goes beyond other programs by giving you knowledge to be successful across disciplines.

CACREP accredited

The clinical mental health counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and related Educational Programs as a community counseling program. Not only will your experience as a graduate student be valued by employers, your degree will be well recognized and highly commended.

Who should apply

Anyone with a strong undergraduate academic career (3.0 or higher cumulative GPA) in psychology or a related field is encouraged to apply.

Career opportunities

Graduates in this program will be prepared to work in a variety of professional counseling settings. The program meets the educational requirements for licensed professional settings including substance abuse, career counseling, multicultural affairs, and a variety of other traditional counseling settings.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.