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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (*CACREP Accredited Program)

Make a Career Move to Mental Health and Wellness with an Advanced Counseling Program!

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS

You are at your best when you are helping others. You know you have a future in mental health counseling, and you’re exploring all your professional options. Whether that is in rehabilitation services for addictions or substance abuse issues or helping other achieve a more positive overall mental health, all you need is the right education, the right practicum experiences, the right skill set, and the right credential.

If you’ve been looking for the education needed to pursue a counseling career, from coursework to clinical experiences, Keiser University has your graduate degree program. Our Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers the tools, insights, and credential you need for professional opportunities throughout the counseling field.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

60 Credit Hours


20 Courses


36 - 48 Months*

Week Terms

16 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 12 credits of transfer credit


Quick Info

Counseling and leadership career opportunities in mental health facilities and more.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Mental Health Counseling Degree Overview

Keiser’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides comprehensive preparation for professional practice as a counselor in several career settings, from private practice to rehabilitation facilities. Students apply insights from classroom instruction in carefully supervised practical experiences in the field. Core coursework integrates mental health counseling theories and approaches, principles and practices of diagnosis, evidence-based treatments, and strategies for referral, prevention, and advocacy to meet the needs of diverse clients.

CACREP Accredited

Accreditation Statement

Keiser University’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Mission

The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Keiser University is to provide the highest level of ethical, diagnostic, interpretive skills, and professional competence to prepare well-rounded mental health counselors for independent practice. Graduates are eligible to apply for counseling licensure in clinical mental health and work in various roles and settings.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this master’s in mental health counseling or one of our many healthcare-related graduate degree programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer several learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.

From addictions and substance abuse to crisis counseling, this master’s degree program for aspiring counselors offers the education and clinical experiences graduates need to pursue relevant licensures and accreditations for private practice and other career opportunities in the counseling field.

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

Pursue a career helping others overcome personal demons or fulfilling professional dreams with a Florida-based counseling program designed to match counseling and psychotherapy insights with practical skills. Under the supervision of experienced counselors in practicum and internship clinical experiences, you will put your new-won skills to the test. From career counseling to advocating for diverse populations to helping families heal, you will develop a solid foundation for making a real difference in the lives and mental health of individuals, groups, and even whole communities.

What Can You Expect to Learn


  1. Perform the roles of a licensed counselor regarding ethical practice related to individual and group needs and based around social and cultural diversity.
  2. Utilize theories of lifespan development, career development, and relationship development to counsel across a variety of modalities.
  3. Practice active involvement in the field by developing a professional identity through counseling organizations and the development and evaluation of programs and processes to support overall wellness.
  4. Prepare for appropriate state licensure as professional counselors (i.e., LPC, LMHC).

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes are used to prepare graduates through the curriculum who demonstrate evidence of being reflective practitioners and critical thinkers, and who seek to be culturally competent, respecting diverse worldviews, demonstrating self-evaluation and self-reflection strategies, and participating in the ongoing process of interpersonal skill development. Students will develop professional identities as counselors and engage as active members of their communities. Through the course curriculum students will:

  1. Cultivate an understanding of the counseling profession while developing knowledge of history, structures, standards, credentialing, and professional and ethical roles and identity as Clinical Mental Health Counselors.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse social and cultural foundations to be effective counselors.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of human growth and development across the lifespan to promote wellness.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of career development and related assessment and evaluation to effectively perform career counseling.
  5. Demonstrate skills in performing counseling and consultation processes across a range of modalities.
  6. Demonstrate skills in performing the counseling and consultation processes across individual and group work.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking in the choice and delivery of various diagnostic processes.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking in the use of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

Program Prerequisites

  • Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, behavioral science, social work, human development, or related program from an accredited institution.
  • For students with a CGPA of 3.0 and above, no GRE is required to pursue this master’s in clinical mental health counseling program.

Program Modality/Method of Delivery

Students are required to attend weekly live classes ranging from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. Additional academic support provided to students include one-on-one tutoring, role playing exercises, asynchronous email and text discussions, phone call interactions, and individualized academic advisement opportunities. All faculty have regular office hours and are available throughout the week for all students. In addition, all faculty supervise the interactive and independent instructions which are submitted through Blackboard for faculty input. For further instruction on CMHC methods of instructions, please refer to the CMHC Student Handbook.


Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Curriculum includes:

  • Core Coursework
    Foundations of Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Counseling Across the Lifespan 3.0 credit hours
    Counseling Skills and Techniques 3.0 credit hours
    Counseling Theories and Practice 3.0 credit hours
    Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Group Theories and Practice 3.0 credit hours
    Career Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Counseling Advocacy with Diverse Populations 3.0 credit hours
    Crisis Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Assessment in Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Research and Program Evaluation 3.0 credit hours
    Specialization Coursework
    Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3.0 credit hours
    Counseling in Community Settings 3.0 credit hours
    Couples and Family Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior 3.0 credit hours
    Counseling and Sexuality 3.0 credit hours
    Clinical Experiences
    Practicum in Counseling 3.0 credit hours
    Internship in Counseling I 3.0 credit hours
    Internship in Counseling II 3.0 credit hours

Career Pathways in Mental Health Counseling

Upon graduation from our on-campus or online counseling program, you will have earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Provide relevant counseling services—from overcoming addictions to planning careers
  • Counsel correctly and professionally from a legal and ethical standard of care
  • Advocate for clients in matters of equity and accessibility
  • And more!

Through Keiser’s master’s degree in mental health counseling, you will gain a deeper understanding of the field of counseling for various needs, from rehabilitation services for substance abuse issues to simply helping others pursue better mental health. You will gain the insights, practical skills, and degree credential you need to pursue licensure or start down a career path toward becoming a:

  • Behavior analyst
  • Case manager
  • Clinician
  • Counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • Social worker
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • And more!

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Start Your Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Program Now!

Are you ready to take your desire to help others to the next level? Make a meaningful impact for your career goals as well as for patient mental health. Pursue your Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Keiser University. Learn more about our mental health counseling degree program today by Requesting More Info now!

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