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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.

Description

SRU's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit-hour program 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.

Highlights

Our program offers the following:

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

Requirements

  • 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 Electronic 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 www.sru.edu/graduate, under "Forms" or in the link above. 
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to graduate.admissions@sru.edu or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 

Licensure

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and College Counseling programs meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. Passing the National Counselor Examination is also required to obtain the LPC. CDev is a graduate student administration site for the NCE allowing our students to take the exam prior to graduation. The final step to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania is to obtain supervised experience which can begin after the completion of 48 credits.

Licensure requirements vary between states. If you wish to practice outside of Pennsylvania, we recommend you look at the specific state for their requirements. The American Counseling Association provides contact information for state boards at: https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards