Counseling, MEd Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Students are prepared to work as mental health counselors in community, state, federal, and private counseling agencies; employee assistance programs; and private practice.
The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares students for positions as mental health counselors in community, state, federal, and private counseling agencies; employee assistance programs; and private practice. Graduates provide services such as individual, couple, family, group, career, psycho-educational, health, multicultural, and substance abuse counseling for a variety of ages and populations. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program assists candidates in meeting the educational requirements for the Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor credential which includes 60 hours of coursework. Additional licensure requirements are outlined in the Licensed Professional Counselors Application including post-master's supervision and experience and a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Examination (NCMHCE).
Grading Policy: Students enrolled in this degree program must earn a B or higher in counseling courses and in all licensure coursework, including practicum and internship courses. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
Core Requirements (40 credits)
- EDCD 525: Advanced Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 601: Introduction to Research in Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 602: Foundations in Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 603: Counseling Theories and Practice (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 604: Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 606: Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 608: Group Processes and Analyses (4 credit hours)
- EDCD 609: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 610: Career and Educational Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 619: Trauma and Crisis Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 628: Counseling and Social Justice (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 660: Multicultural Counseling (3 credit hours)
Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements (20 credits)
- EDCD 652: Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 654: Counseling and Ethics in Community Agencies (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 658: Couples and Family Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 750: Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 792: Internship in Mental Health Counseling I (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 793: Internship in Mental Health Counseling II (3 credit hours)
- Electives selected from EDCD courses or permission of advisor (2 credits)
Total Credits: 60
Courses are held in person on the GMU Fairfax campus. Several courses may utilize online modules, but all courses require in person, on campus meetings.
Note: Due to COVID-19, the program may utilize online learning. Course instructors will provide specific information to students.
- Completed application
- College transcripts
- Goals statement
- 2 professional letters of recommendation
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA
- 12 credits of behavioral science or closely related coursework
- Recommended: prior counseling-related work or volunteer experience
Application information is available here.
Tuition and Financial Aid Information is available here.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes: 2019-2020
- The number of graduates for the past academic year (2018-2019) was 14.
- The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is the credentialing examination required to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health Professions reported the following information on the George Mason University graduates who took the NCMHCE in 2018: 10 took the exam, 8 passed, and 2 failed (pass rate: 80%).
- Data on completion rates show that 91% of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Agency Counseling) students completed their degree within the 6-year limit. This data is from the most recent group of students to reach the 6-year limit, those students admitted in 2013-2014. The following table shows the length of time it took students in this group to complete the program.
- The GMU Career Survey administered in 2019 provides the following information on job placement: of 6 respondents, 100% had obtained employment. Five were employed or had accepted a position and one was a post-graduate intern or fellow.
|# of 2013-14 Admits||% Finished in 2 years||% Finished in 3 years||% Finished in 4 years||% Finished in 5 years||% Finished in 6 years||Did Not Complete within 6 years|
George Mason University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). More information can be found at Mason Accreditation.
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.