Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Help communities heal, one person at a time.

Click here to view the two year CMHC program plan (subject to revision)

Here, you'll make a major impact on the lives of clients struggling with mental health issues—and moreover, the effects of your work will extend throughout families, social networks, and communities. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As a CMHC student, you'll learn evidence-based practices by engaging coursework. Then, you'll have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and serve culturally diverse populations.

Through our core curriculum and practice in the field, you'll be prepared to become an exemplary counselor committed to ethical practice in diverse global contexts. We place a strong focus on program planning and evaluation, leadership, applied research, and evidence-based interventions—as well as advocacy for human development issues and equitable access to quality services and programs. As a graduate of this program, you can work in a number of public and private clinical settings, or continue on to doctoral work.

This program follows a specific course sequence and requires practicum work in the second year. You will have general administrative support from the department and a faculty advisor who can help you shape your studies and career path. When you step out into the professional world post-graduation, you'll be well prepared and deeply familiar with how to offer meaningful intervention and make a lasting impact.

*Prior to fall 2019, the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization was offered as a three-year track program. Beginning fall 2019, students will take an average of four classes during the fall and spring semesters as well as summer and intersession classes to complete the requirements in two years.

Courses that chart your path to making a difference.

Explore an extensive variety of coursework ranging from Human Development to Law and Ethics to Multicultural Counseling to Advanced Human Sexuality Counseling. See list of coursework here.

Get an education that delivers results.

SOLES students consistently pass their Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors exams at higher rates than the state average. Read more about our successful student outcomes here.



Meet SOLES student Carlee Smith

Student support and student success are qualities of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at USD that Carlee values. "I can honestly say that the faculty are invested and care about the success of their students. The faculty at SOLES are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that their students do well and get to know them as people."

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