Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Clinical Mental Health COUN Revision Nov 2013

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

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Revised Program, effective Winter 2014

The 60-semester hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Employment opportunities may include private practice, community-based mental health centers and other agencies, hospitals and other treatment centers. The program is intended for students who seek licensure as professional counselors. Candidates who are selected for this program are expected to make a major commitment to their graduate-level training and education as well as to enroll in course work on a regular basis. The program includes a 100 clock-hour practicum experience and a 600 clock-hour supervised counseling internship experience.

Admission Requirements
Admission to all programs is selective. The selection process is designed to assess the candidate’s suitability for graduate study and for a professional career in counseling. Candidates who are selected for these programs are expected to make major commitments to their graduate training.

Applicants must have:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. Evidence of academic aptitude for graduate-level study, that includes at least one of the following:

    1. A 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate degree program.

    2. A graduate GPA of a 3.3 on a previously completed advanced degree.

    3. An acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score as defined by the department (contact the Coordinator of Graduate Advising). The GRE score may not be more than 5 years old.

    4. Applicants not meeting other criteria, but having an acquired knowledge of the counseling field based on five years of related experience, may be eligible. Students applying under this provision must contact the coordinator of advising for specific procedures prior to applying to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

  3. English language proficiency: International students must meet at least one of the following additional criteria:

    1. A score of 550 (Total) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a rating of 5 on the essay. (Additional course work in composition may be required.) These tests must have been taken within the last two years.

    2. A score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB) and a rating of at least 3.0 on the oral interview portion of the MELAB. (Additional course work in composition may be required.) These tests must have been taken within the past two years.

  4. Statement of Intent: A one-page statement focusing on the applicant’s motivation and rationale for seeking admission to the specific program as well as his or her background and goals related to professional studies.

  5. Résumé: A focused, one-page summary of program-relevant educational, career and/or life experiences.

  6. Three recommendations: These must be completed on recommendation forms available from the department. They should be completed by professionals with knowledge of the applicant’s suitability for graduate work (e.g., supervisors, undergraduate professors).

Advisor Information:

Dibya Choudhuri, Ph.D.
304 Porter


The following outline describes the general program requirements leading to a minimum of 60 hours of graduate study for those students seeking the master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Concentration Courses (COUN)

Program Total: 60 hours

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