A Clinical Counseling Master's Degree Designed for Working Professionals

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program is designed for individuals who are looking to enhance current employment or to change their career through an intensive graduate school experience. Courses are offered on the weekends in order to allow you to take courses while still working.

Career Options for Graduates

If your career goal is to work with individuals, couples and families, our counseling programs will prepare you to make a difference in people’s lives. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree prepares students to become professional counselors working in private practice or various community settings such as mental health care centers and residential treatment centers.

Graduates of the program typically achieve the credential of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado, or the licensing agency in the states in which they reside.

Clinical Mental Health Couseling students have the opportunity to take additional coursework toward becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

CACREP Accreditation and National Certification

Because our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), graduates are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors.

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Course Timing & Sequence – Designed for Working Professionals

  • Classes are offered in an intensive weekend format (Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 8am-4pm).
  • Students take one course at a time over two weekends, typically with a weekend off in between.
  • Most students are full-time graduate students (taking nine or more credits a semester), however part-time enrollment is an option as well.
  • Students are able to work full-time while completing this graduate degree.
  • Students can add the Marriage & Family Therapist Licensure.

Required Courses (60 Credit Hours)

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.

Optional Added Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure

This additional coursework is offered for LMFT licensure eligibility.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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