CACREPEmpower others to transform their lives—and prepare to seek licensure—when you earn a CACREP-accredited MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online at Walden.

As a mental health professional, you are already committed to improving the mental and emotional health of others. Through our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges. You focus on helping them develop their strengths and find their own solutions to issues.

Led by faculty with extensive clinical practice experience, our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program explores the latest counseling theories; evidence-based research; and tools for preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental health disorders. Through role-playing and case studies in class and at residencies, you are given opportunities to practice counseling skills and concepts. Then, through supervised field work and a practicum, you can apply your skills to help others lead more productive and fulfilling lives.

When you earn your MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden, you have access to:

  • Leaders in the field – Learn from an American Counseling Association (ACA) past president and faculty who are active in their fields and ACA members, including those who wrote your course textbooks.
  • Engaging media – Engage in case studies, watch videos, and view simulations that reflect scenarios you may encounter in the field.
  • Exceptional support system – Enjoy support every step of the way from our variety of support services, including a digital library (with librarians), 24/7 technical support, a writing center, and a career center.
  • Diverse specializations – Choose from specializations in Addiction Counseling; Forensic Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; Military Families and Culture; and Trauma and Crisis Counseling. Prepare to promote mental health and wellness—ethically, competently, and with respect for diverse cultures.

Learning Outcomes

The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. Graduates of these programs will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
  2. Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
  3. Analyze cultural development theories and models.
  4. Examine empirically based theories of human development.
  5. Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
  6. Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  7. Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  8. Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  9. Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  10. Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

The competent and confident counseling professional will:

  1. Evaluate effective treatment strategies for addressing the needs of mental health clients.
  2. Choose appropriate diagnostic intervention processes to meet a broad range of mental health issues.
  3. Assess the impact of impact of biological/neurological mechanisms on mental health.
  4. Develop strategies for interfacing with outside stakeholders (i.e., the legal system and behavioral health professionals).

Career Impact

With an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you can prepare for a variety of career options as well as professional licensure. Professional licensure titles and the processes for obtaining these credentials are determined by each state.

The most common professional counseling titles include licensed professional counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, and licensed mental health counselor.

You may also work with youth, adults, or a geriatric population in a wide range of professional settings, including:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Courts
  • Marriage and Family Clinics
  • Wellness centers
  • Inpatient/outpatient facilities
    • Day programs (youth, adult, geriatric services)
    • Partial and intensive hospitalization programs
  • Public or private hospitals and healthcare settings
    • Hospice and palliative care
    • Trauma centers
  • Domestic violence, emergency, and homeless shelters
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Child and family service agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Social service agencies
  • Private practice
  • Community churches and other places of worship and communal gathering

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Read our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes Report.


Lara Paz

Iara Paz

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate
I have worked in the substance-abuse field since completion of my bachelor's degree in psychology. I realized that I needed direction—just having a broad human service degree would be limiting. With my higher degree from Walden, my background and experience is now confirmed through my educational knowledge and allows me the authority to speak about social change.
What an amazing payoff and reward when so many are focused on the common goal of learning.
I knew from earning my master’s degree that Walden fit my schedule as an intervention counselor, trainer, and single parent.
Melissa Enoch-Deberry MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate
Melissa Enoch DeBerry
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Note on Licensure
Walden University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Because no graduate program can guarantee licensure upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. For more information about licensure, students should visit the National Board for Certified Counselors at, the American Association of State Counseling Boards at , and contact the appropriate licensing body. International students are encouraged to identify and contact their appropriate licensing body. Learn more about professional licensure.

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