The Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 semester hour non-thesis program.


Through excellence in education, the mission of the Department of Counseling and Human Services is to prepare graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree to work as professional counselors who are able to integrate Marianist values related to promoting justice, peace, and human dignity as they serve in an increasingly pluralistic, changing, and global society.


In summer 2009, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program replaced the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling degree programs.

Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are prepared to work in institutions and agencies offering counseling services including alcohol and drug and social service agencies. Client problems may be, but are not limited to, the effects of socioeconomic status, unemployment, aging, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, chronic illness, developing transitions, and interpersonal, family, and community violence.

Graduates have knowledge of the general principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior, structure and function of human service agencies, mental health education, outreach, and prevention strategies, and community health promotion and advocacy.

Clinical Mental Health counselors have the ability to implement education, preventive, and remedial programs. This is a 60-semester hour program, which includes an intensive 700 clock hour, clinical (practicum/internship) experience. Students graduating from the program meet the academic requirements for licensing by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

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