Top Schools for a Master's in Mental Health Counseling

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Mental Health Counseling

At the master's level, degree options in mental health counseling include Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees. These programs typically provide preparation for state or national certification in mental health counseling, and many of them include practicum and field experience requirements.

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Here, you'll find information on some of the top universities across the U.S. that offer mental health counseling master's degree programs. Each of the following schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Boston University in Boston, MA

At Boston University, the majority of the faculty in the 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 tied at 39th on the 2017 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 are required to complete a clinical practicum during one semester and an internship that lasts for one year.

Clemson University in Clemson, SC

Through Clemson University's program, students will complete 700 hours of clinical experience through internships in mental health settings. Clemson University is a public research university that was tied at 66th in the nation in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranking. The Princeton Review also ranked Clemson University number three for, 'Their students love these colleges' in its 2017 edition of 'The Best 381 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.

George Washington University

At George Washington University, advanced standing may be granted to students with previous relevant coursework. Through George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, students can earn a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Students take courses such as career counseling, family counseling, and psychosocial adaptation, and they gain real-world experience through internships and practicums. Graduates are prepared for the licensure exam, and the graduating class of 2016 had a 100% pass rate. For 2017, the school was ranked tied #56 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Other Top Programs

The following schools also offer great master's programs in mental health counseling.

School Name Distinction Location
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 #36 among best national universities in 2017, 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 Ranked tied at #60 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report for 2017 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

Students who are interested in mental health counseling can find master's degree programs that help prepare them for licensure and practice at well-regarded universities around the country.

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