Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA

Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies, in conjunction with WAU’s Department of Psychology, offers two Master of Arts degree programs, one in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (L.C.P.C. or L.C.A.D.C.) and the other in counseling psychology.The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares the student to function as a licensed counselor.


Admission to the Master of Arts degree program requires that a student have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field (social work, mental health, etc.) Applicants who do not meet the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement, but whose grade-point averages fall between 2.60 and 2.74, must also submit GRE scores of at least 150 on the subject area Psychology examination in order to be considered for admission.

Students who possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree but in a unrelated area will be required to complete nine hours of upper-division psychology courses with a “B” or better before being admitted to the Master of Arts program. It is recommended that the student select from the following undergraduate psychology courses: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Psychological Testing, Theories of Personality and Abnormal Psychology.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) program | 60 hours

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (L.C.A.D.C.) program | 60 hours

The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares the student to be a counseling psychologist and to operate an independent practice. It is identical to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an additional 21 hours completed after Field Experience I. The student will be eligible to take the state of Maryland licensure exam for the L.C.P.C. or L.C.A.D.C.  upon completion of the Master of Arts degree and 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Required Courses

60 hours

CPSY 510*Advanced Lifespan Development3
CPSY 520*Psychopathology3
CPSY 530*Systems and Theories of Psychotherapy3
CPSY 540*Counseling Techniques3
CPSY 550Field Experience (125 hours).3
CPSY 560Group Therapy3
CPSY 571Ethical, Legal and Substance Abuse Issues for Counselors3
CPSY 580Career Counseling3
CPSY 590Evaluation and Appraisal3
CPSY 610Research in Counseling3
CPSY 620Marriage and Family Counseling3
CPSY 630Alcohol and Drug Counseling3
CPSY 640Multicultural Counseling3
CPSY 645**Alcohol and Drug Dependency3
CPSY 655**Addiction Counseling Theories and Approaches3
CPSY 660**Psychopharmacology3
CPSY 665**Psychotherapy in Alcohol and Drug Disorders3
CPSY 680†Practicum (275 hours)6
CPSY 690‡Advanced Counseling Techniques3
CPSY 699A‡***Clinical Internship (150 hours)3
CPSY 699B‡***Clinical Internship (150 hours)3
CPSY 699C‡***Clinical Internship (150 hours)3
CPSY 699D‡***Clinical Internship (150 hours)3
* Core program prerequisites must be met
** LCADC requirement
*** LCPC requirement
† Prerequisites: Field Experience
‡ Prerequisites: Field Experience and Practicum

Additional Requirement:

Before students are permitted to graduate with a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling (60 hr.), they must provide documented evidence to indicate they have completed five hours of personal counseling before starting CPSY 680 Practicum. This requirement is considered a part of the student’s professional education program to become a highly effective counselor. Students need to be aware of their own mental health issues in order to function in a competent and ethical manner.