Top Schools for a Master's in Mental Health Counseling

Learn about the top schools that provide master's degree programs in mental health counseling. Get school rankings, degree options and location information, and compare similarities and differences to make an educated decision.

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Below, you'll find info on top universities across the U.S. that offer mental health counseling master's degree programs. Degree options include Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.). These programs typically provide preparation for state or national certification in mental health counseling. Many of the programs include practicum and field experience requirements. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: The majority of the faculty in BU's mental health counseling program are both active clinicians, with access to up-to-date experience with contemporary mental health issues, and active researchers working in the latest developments of mental health counseling and neuroscience.

Boston University (BU) was ranked 42nd in a 2015 list of the nation's top universities by U.S. News & World Report. The medical school's M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program emphasizes behavioral medicine and neuroscience.

BU is comprised of the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus in South Boston, which houses the School of Medicine and its affiliated teaching hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC). Students will be required to complete a clinical practicum during one semester and an internship that will last for one year.

2. Clemson University in Clemson, SC

School Highlight: Through the course of the program, students will complete 700 hours of clinical experience through internships in mental health settings.

Clemson University is a public research university that was listed as 62nd in the nation in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranking. The Princeton Review also ranked Clemson University number two for 'Their students love these colleges' in its 2015 edition of 'The Best 373 Colleges.'

The Eugene T. Moore School of Education offers a program for a M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health. Counselor training and preparation for certification through the National Counselor Exam are the main objectives of the program. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Specialized courses include human growth and development, addictions counseling and appraisal procedures.

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Top Mental Health Counseling Master's Programs

School Name Distinction Location
George Washington University Advanced standing may be granted to students with previous relevant coursework Washington, DC
Georgia State University Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for clinical mental health counseling Atlanta, GA
New York University Ranked #32 among best national universities in 2015, per U.S. News & World Report New York, NY
Southern Connecticut State University Applicants without sufficient background in psychology may need to complete prerequisite coursework New Haven, CT
Syracuse University The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Professional Identity Award was granted to the Counseling and Human Services Department in 2013 Syracuse, NY
Touro College Applicants may be invited for an interview; an on-the-spot writing sample is typically requested as part of the interview process New York, NY
University of Louisville The doctoral program will accept students who have completed a bachelor's degree as well as students who have completed a master's program Louisville, KY
University of Pennsylvania Working students can keep full-time employment while enrolled in the M.S.Ed. Executive Program in School and Mental Health Counseling Philadelphia, PA
University of South Florida Master's degree students are admitted to the non-thesis track and must apply for admission to the thesis track Tampa, FL
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