Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This post-master’s certificate program prepares candidates for specialized areas of practice in clinical mental health counseling. The program is designed for students who want to complete the academic requirements for their clinical professional counselor license. Optional internship.

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Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Completion Time

1-3 Years

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Application Deadline

Please see application requirements and deadlines


Application requirements and deadlines
Post Master’s Certificate: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Admit Term:Fall
Application Deadline: The application for the Fall 2023 start term is closed, and is no longer accepting applications for this term. We anticipate the application will re-open in September 2023 to begin accepting applications for our next entry term, Fall 2024. Please complete our Request For Information form to receive updates on the application opening.
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Please upload your responses to the following prompts in an essay format adhering to these guidelines:
• 2 – 3 pages in length responding to all prompts
• Double-spaced
• Times New Roman font type
• 12-pt font size

Essay Prompts
1. Why would you like to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor; what contribution would you like to make to the clinical mental health profession?
2. What personal and professional experiences could support or hinder you in becoming an effective Clinical Mental Health Counselor?
3. Provide an example of a professional job experience that was challenged by your supervisor or a colleague. How did you respond, manage the challenge, and receive feedback from a different perspective?
4. Based on your social identity, how do you describe and experience social justice? An individual's social identity includes but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual or affectional orientation, age, religion/spirituality, disability/different ability, language, and political or sociopolitical affiliation. This makes social identity unique to each individual – no two individuals will have the exact same social identity. Opportunities and access to social power is, in part, available to people and groups due to social identity.

All responses should be included in one essay.
Two Letters of Recommendation

(Note: letters are not required for students currently enrolled in, or who have recently graduated in the last 24 months from, the School of Education’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling master’s programs.)
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
International Applicants:This program’s course schedule offers part-time enrollment only, Admission is not open to international applicants seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa. Please visit the International Student Admissions page for more information.
Tuition and fees

Click here for more information on tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

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I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity to be in the presence of some of the best researchers and clinicians in the world. Now when I practice my skills in the real world, I feel like I am channeling the lessons and skills of different teachers.


Neha Aamir, MS ’19 

Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Description

The 15-credit post-master’s certificate program prepares counselors and other human services professionals for specialized areas of practice in clinical mental health counseling. The program is designed for students who want to complete the academic requirements for their clinical professional counselor license.

Students develop individualized programs of study with specialized concentrations guided by faculty advisers. Applicants are required to have completed a master’s degree in counseling or a related field from an accredited institution. An internship is available and encouraged, but not required.

Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Core Faculty

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Matthew Bonner

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Justin Lauka

Rosanna Sanchez-John

Rosanna Sanchez-John

Anita Young

Anita Young

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Nathaniel Brown

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Sean Newhart

Hsin-Ya Tang

Hsin-Ya Tang

Yiying Xiong

Yiying Xiong

Ileana Gonzalez

Ileana Gonzalez

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LaNail Plummer

Sterling Travis

Sterling Travis

Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling


The plan of study requires a minimum of 15 graduate credits, selected in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser, to be completed within three years.

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Prior to registration for first class, students should meet with their adviser to develop a program of study tailored to their needs. Students can avail themselves of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses at both locations. If enrolling in internship courses, students should secure clinical sites that match their interests, in coordination with the Field Experience Office.

Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Do you have a required course sequence?

No. Students can tailor their course sequence and program of study to meet their needs, in consultation with their adviser.

Can I complete the certificate entirely online?

Possibly, if the courses you require are offered in an online format within the required timeframe.

Can I transfer credits completed elsewhere?


Can I modify my program of study once I start the certificate?

Yes, in consultation with your adviser.

Post-Master’s Certificate – Clinical Mental Health Counseling


In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, the School of Education is required to disclose select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Gainful Employment Disclosure – 2019

Program Name: Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $13,365 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ [XX,XXX] of debt.
Too few graduates to report median debt.

Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland

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