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Train to be a mental health counselor

Gain hands-on experience counseling individuals in community settings

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Master of Arts)

Offered by: Counseling and Development

In the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at SRU, students can choose from four areas of concentration: School and Youth Counseling, Adult Counseling, Addiction Counseling, and Counseling Older Adults. Students in this program benefit from a network of agencies and schools that provide valuable professional experience through practicums and internships. Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, residential treatment facilities, elementary and secondary schools, and hospitals.


SRU's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit-hour program, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*, that leads to eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). Students choosing the School and Youth Counseling concentration can also meet the requirements for Pennsylvania School Counselor certification.


Our program offers the following:

  • Small class sizes
  • Late-afternoon or evening classes to accommodate different schedules
  • A CACREP-accredited program*
  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with the SRU Counseling Center


  • Online Application and Application Fee
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for unconditional admission. Students with a grade point average below a 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office.  SRU's GRE code is 2658 and is MAT code is 1660.
  • Personal Statement indicating your interest in the program, experience, and career goals (please see prompt on the form). 
  • Reference Release Form listing your two academic references.
  • Two Academic Reference Forms from a former or current college or university faculty member with knowledge of the applicant's academic aptitude, suitability for intended program area, and ability to form interpersonal relationships.  Recommendations must be on the appropriate forms, which are available electronically at, under "Forms" or in the link above. 
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 

*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation cycle runs through March of 2017. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is currently accredited under the 2001 Standards for Community Counseling Programs as a Community Counseling program. The 2009 Standards combine the Standards for Community Counseling Programs and Standards for Mental Health Counseling Programs into Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. The counseling program is currently seeking accreditation for this program when it comes up for re-accreditation, per CACRAP guidelines.)