MA in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Help communities heal, one person at a time.

Program Highlights: 

  • One of only 7 California schools with CACREP accreditation. 
  • Program boasts a 100% completion rate (based on 2020-2021 data)
  • 96% licensing exam pass rate (based on NCMHCE passing rates for 2020)
  • Program focuses on community-based mental health counseling; underserved communities; applied research and evidence-based intervention

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.

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. 

View the two-year CMHC program plan*

*Subject to revision

Get an education that delivers results.

SOLES students consistently pass their Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors exams at higher rates than the state average.

Prior to fall 2019, the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization was offered as a three-year track program.

Read more about our successful student outcomes here

SOLES Ambassadors 2019-2020


 SOLES ambassadors are graduate and doctoral students who have been selected to serve as official student representatives. Ambassadors support prospective and incoming students by assisting at graduate student events, providing campus tours, and interacting with students through email, online webinars, blog posts, and social media.

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