Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree at CBU is for anyone interested in the mental health field. The program will teach graduate-level students how to be clinical mental health specialists in various fields including social services, hospitals, private practice, and more.

With more than 70 percent of the population experiencing anxiety and depression in a post-pandemic world, CBU’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSCMHC) offers an opportunity for students to utilize and take the Lasallian values of faith, service and academic excellence to heart.   

This new and exciting program will focus on the importance of multi-disciplinary teams and stress how we all have a role to play in the health and overall well-being of serving clients in need. From social workers to psychiatrists to psychologists and medical assistants, it takes a village to meet and understand where people are and how to diagnose and treat them.  

The first professional development cohort for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will consist of 36 students who expect to graduate in as little as two years. New cohorts will start every fall and run for six consecutive semesters. Students can earn their master’s degree in 60 hours and will also be required to complete 700 hours of hands-on training through practicum and internship experiences.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Accreditation

The Master of Science program will be seeking accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Therefore, the program’s teacher to student ratio will be 12 to 1 and the course will follow the highest standards and core values related to counseling and therapy.  

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Admissions Requirements

Applications are accepted year-round for Fall start.

Applicants for admission to the MSCMHC Program must submit the following:

  • One official transcript of previous academic credits from each of the colleges or universities previously attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from former teachers or immediate supervisors qualified to attest to the applicant’s preparation for and ability to perform graduate study and one letter of recommendation from a professional contact (e.g., former employer)
  • A completed Graduate School Application Form
  • International applicants must submit official English proficiency test scores if English is not their native language or was not the language of instruction for their baccalaureate degree. A minimum proficiency in English equivalent to a TOEFL ibt of 94, IELTS of 7.0, or PTE of 64 must be demonstrated 
  • Individuals who report GRE test scores will have priority. Documentation of previously earned graduate degree or professional certification may be accepted as a waiver of this requirement at the discretion of the Program Director
  • 3.0+ undergraduate GPA (Students with a lower GPA may receive a letter of exception from an interviewing faculty member)
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • In-person interviews with at least two (2) members of the full-time faculty

The Program Director will notify the student regarding his/her/their acceptance to the program and will make arrangements to register the student for select courses. All records will be maintained by the Registrar’s office at CBU. Academic advising and counseling will be performed by the Program Director. Graduation requirements include completion of the required 60 semester credit hours, including the 48 semester credit hours in the 16 core courses and 12 credit hours in practicum and internship.

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