Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree Program Overview


Combine the richness of the Catholic faith with evidence-based, effective therapy practices through the Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. This 60-credit graduate program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Of the Franciscan students who took the National Counselor Examination, required by most states for independent licensing, 100 percent passed in the last three years. This hands-on counseling degree features internships and a practicum so you’re prepared for a wide range of counseling jobs in a variety of settings or to pursue your PhD after graduation.

Committed to Catholic and human values

On the Ohio campus, you’ll learn from full-time Franciscan University faculty with 100 years of combined experience. These expert scholars actively work within the profession so that you gain awareness of current clinical practices. They are committed to Catholic and human values, the most foundational of which is the dignity and worth of the human person. Read more about the program’s commitment to a Catholic, philosophical approach to teaching and learning clinical mental health counseling.

CACREP Accredited

Explore More of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree Program

Here are just a few ways Franciscan’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program stands out from the rest:

  • Accessible and affordable master’s degree: Franciscan University works with you to ensure your graduate program in mental health counseling is as affordable as possible.
  • Flexible format: While the majority of the course work must be done on campus, Franciscan does offer day and evening courses and some hybrid course delivery. Most students complete this program in two years.
  • Hands-on experiences: Through internships and practicums, you’ll provide therapy to individuals, families, and groups. Most of these hands-on experiences allow you to have your own caseload, meeting with and providing therapy for your own clients.
  • Inspiring alumni: When you graduate you’ll join a network of impressive alumni of counseling graduates who hold a range of job titles in a variety of settings.
What Can You Do With a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree?

With your clinical mental health counseling master’s degree from Franciscan University in Ohio, you’ll be well positioned for a variety of counseling jobs and employment settings, including community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment facilities. One hundred percent of our graduates find employment within 6 months of graduation. Some of our students also continue on to receive their PhDs after graduation.

Graduate Programs for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates

  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • PhD in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Potential Job Titles for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates

  • Addictions Counselor
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Therapist
Program Mission

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program aligns itself with the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville by training students to embody Franciscan values and charisms as helping professionals. In particular, the CMHC Program’s mission is to educate professional counselors who can be instruments of healing for those in need of mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual renewal. The Program is grounded in a philosophical anthropology informed by a Catholic understanding of the human person. With a commitment to Christian and human values, the most important of which is a value on the dignity and worth of the person, and with a dedication to training professional counselors in contemporary practices informed by research, the program aims to:

  • help students reflect on how a well-formed vision of the human person affects clinical counseling practices
  • provide a strong background of experiential training in clinical mental health counseling skills required of entry-level practitioners
  • advance students’ comprehension of counseling theories, models, and treatment methods
  • develop research and testing skills needed by mental health counselors
  • foster multicultural competence
  • develop in students ethical decision-making skills
  • promote an understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human development and behavior needed to competently facilitate human growth

Graduates from this program will receive the academic and experiential foundations that will enable them to specialize in a variety of counselor roles, such as community mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, drug and alcohol counselors, college counselors, and relationship counselors. The program has the goal of providing educational foundations that enable its graduates to enter professionally satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and develop a capacity for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.

Our Concentrations

The CMHC Program offers students an opportunity to pursue specialized areas of study while in the program. Each concentration includes one required course and two electives. Students can complete two concentrations within the 60 credit hour program:

  • Christian Counseling Concentration: 9 credits of coursework, including Psychological and Spiritual Integration; Human Sexuality and Christian Marriage and Family; and Pastoral Counseling
  • Crisis and Trauma Counseling Concentration: 9 credits of coursework, including Introduction to Addictions Counseling; Crisis and Trauma Counseling; and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Program Admissions

How to Apply for Admissions

Applying for admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is simple, and we are ready to help you navigate the process. Here are the things we need:

  • Application
  • Official Bachelor Transcript and Official Transcripts with Relevant Transfer Credit
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, using this form
  • Resume

Email them to

Or mail them to:

Graduate Admissions
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

Priority admission is provided to those who apply by February 1st. However, the department will revision admissions files throughout the year on the following dates:
  • November 15th
  • January, 15th
  • March 1st
  • April 15th
  • June 1st
  • July 15th

Associated Costs

The costs associated with Clinical Mental Health Counseling program include:

  • $700 per credit hour

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help please contact Graduate Admissions at or (740) 284-5239

Accelerated BA/MA Degree Option

The accelerated BA/MA Degree Option allows qualifying students to complete a bachelor degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling within 5 years of full-time study (including a summer semester after year 4). Admission to the CMHC Program through the BA/MA accelerated track is available to undergraduate psychology students at Franciscan University who have a 3.3 GPA and meet all admissions criteria. Students generally apply in the second semester of their junior year, though they are advised to plan for the accelerated option starting in their freshman year. Additional details are provided in the CMHC Program pages in the Graduate catalog.

Academic Catalog

View the CMHC Program in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Assessment

Program Objectives

The Program objectives are to help suitable and committed individuals:

  1. Describe human nature based on a Christian philosophical perspective, thus reflecting a holistic, developmental, relational and valuing perspective on the person.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of a professional counseling identity, which involves knowledge of an array of treatment models and relevant ethical obligations, as well as commitment to self-care and ongoing professional development
  3. Apply educational, advocacy, consultative, preventive and interventive strategies to fostering mental health and wellness at individual and larger-system levels.
  4. Apply diversity awareness in response to client needs at individual and larger-system levels.
  5. Use appropriate, culturally–informed assessment strategies at all relevant dimensions of the treatment process.
  6. Analyze relevant research findings for program-evaluation, as well as for the selection, evaluation and enhancement of treatment strategies.
  7. Apply current diagnostic principles, informed by a comprehension of the impact of multicultural variables, co-occurring disorders, and crisis/trauma, during the diagnostic process.

View the CMHC Program’s Vital Statistic Report.

The Franciscan University Clinical Mental Health Program’s Comprehensive Assessment Plan and Annual Report is now available.

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Beyond the Classroom
Graduate Counseling Association

Receive education, social support, and mentoring through the Graduate Counseling Association, a student led organization for students in the graduate clinical mental health counseling program.

Chi Sigma Iota

Get involved in Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. The CSI chapter at Franciscan in Ohio plans professional development and social events throughout the year, providing you with numerous opportunities to network and to expand your knowledge and skills.

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Counseling Accreditation

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Students in their last semester of coursework are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE), which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). For additional information about CACREP, please visit: For additional information about NBCC, please visit:

Licensure & Certification

The CMHC Program meets the necessary educational and training components to allow graduates to apply for counselor licensure through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board and to prepare students for professional counselor licensure in most other states. The Program also prepares students to be certified by NBCC. Applicants for licensure must pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and/or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE), as well as complete supervised clinical service hours for independent licensure. Prospective students are encouraged to become familiar with the licensure laws in the state in which they intend to practice. For more information about Ohio counselor licensure, please visit:

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