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Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counseling is more than a career — it’s a calling. Master the skills of a mental health counselor to grow as a compassionate human being and healthcare professional.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Point University's online clinical mental health counseling program is aligned with state licensure requirements and the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), but is currently pending CACREP approval.

One in five Americans reportedly struggle with mental health-related issues, and the counseling industry is growing rapidly to address this need. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth rate of about 23% by 2026, which is much faster than the average. At Point University, our online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for effective, God-honoring service in a variety of occupations in the counseling and mental health field, with a special focus on gaining licensure as a clinical mental health counselor.

This program complements theory with experience, allowing students to apply their education to real-world problem solving. Three intensive lab courses combine online lessons with live video conferences, wherein students participate in interactive learning activities like roleplay, observation, and critique of counseling sessions. Further, students fulfill an internship requirement, led by faculty experts, wherein they broaden their counseling experience and put their education into action. Graduates are prepared to seek licensure as mental health counselors and pursue work in a number of rewarding trades.

1. Demonstrate a solid theoretical foundation for clinical mental health counseling.

2. Develop counseling conduct to work with clients in a legal, ethical, and professional manner.

3. Showcase the professional competencies needed to offer effective managerial functions.

Curriculum

The online clinical mental health counseling program’s broad curriculum provides a grounding in legal, ethical, and spiritual best practices and theoretical foundations in counseling. Students study diagnostic tools and techniques online, which they put into practice via hands-on experience to develop the practical skills for effective counseling. Listed below are some of the courses offered to students:

  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychopathology & Assessment
  • Research & Program Evaluation

 
In addition to online courses, students complete three on-ground practicum and internship courses, to be determined with an advisor, as well as three intensive lab courses, which are:

  • Group Counseling Theories & Application
  • Assessment Techniques in Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

 
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Program Length

Offered mostly online, the master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Point University allows students to structure their own study schedule. For this reason, the program length differs depending on how many credits students choose to take per term. On average, students complete the 60 credits required for the online mental health counseling degree in less than two years.

Point University offers this program in a fully online format with the exception of three on-ground practicum and internship courses, which students complete at a pre-approved site near their home under a qualified field supervisor. The program also includes three intensive lab courses offered in Point Connect format. Point Connect students combine online studies with weekly live video conferences, typically held during evening hours.

Program Cost

All students enrolled in the online master’s program in clinical mental health counseling at Point University pay the same tuition rate, regardless of the state where the student resides. In line with its mission to make higher education accessible to all, Point University is one of the most affordable choices among private colleges.

Rate: $515 per credit hour

To view a complete breakdown of tuition and fees, visit our Tuition & Fees: Online Students page.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to seek licensure, pursue doctoral studies in related disciplines, and assume a variety of positions in the mental health field. Potential career paths include private practice and/or employment in organizations such as:

  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • Family and child support agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Victim support agencies
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • University counseling centers
  • Church or religious settings

ONLINE LEARNING

Point University offers the master's degree in clinical mental health counseling in a convenient online format. Online students engage in asynchronous learning through a course website that facilitates interaction with their instructor and classmates.

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FLEXIBLE

Coursework is 100% online, with on-ground practicum and internship components.

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TRANSFER FRIENDLY

With the opportunity to transfer eligible credits, you can shorten your degree completion time and save money.

FAITH BASED

Your faith will be strengthened with courses taught from a Christian worldview.

QUALITY EDUCATION

As an online student, you’ll receive the same quality education from respected professors as our on-campus students.

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SUPPORT

Our online student support services promote development tailored to fit your personal and professional goals.

SMALL CLASS SIZE

Our 18-to-1 student to professor ratio provides a small class size where you’re not just a student – you’re family.

At Point University, you’ll develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, all while learning to be an effective leader. Get started today to discover your place in the Point family!

Point University provides a wonderful learning environment where you can grow both academically and spiritually. The professors encourage and support you and want you to succeed. The online classes are really convenient as you can set your own weekly schedule to fit the needs of your lifestyle.

– Laura Doering, online student