2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S.

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(60 credits minimum)

The master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling is designed to provide the trainee with the understanding, training, and experience necessary for entry and successful participation and development in the field and to prepare them for licensure as a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Indiana. An additional purpose is to provide students with a foundation for more advanced study in the field. It is primarily intended for persons who wish to engage in counseling in settings such as youth serving agencies, career training programs, correctional institutions, or other community counseling settings.


Each applicant must satisfy the general criteria for admission to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and each of the following requirements:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
  2. Have at least 12 credits in the behavioral sciences at the undergraduate level.
  3.  Have scores on the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). While the GRE and MAT standardized scores are used in conjunction with other admissions criteria, scores near or above 450 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or 45 on the MAT typically receive a more favorable review.
  4. Have a grade point average of 3.0 on all courses taken at the graduate level at all schools attended.
  5. Admissions are made on a selective basis. Meeting the requirements listed above does not guarantee admission to the program.

NOTE: Students may be admitted on conditional status if their overall undergraduate grade point average is at least 2.25, but less than 2.75. Deficiencies to a maximum of six credits in behavioral sciences can be made up by concurrent registration in undergraduate level courses early in the program

Degree Requirements:


In addition to the 60 credits of course work, the student must acquire a minimum of 1,000 hours of client service with a minimum of 400 hours of direct client contact. Also, the student must pass a comprehensive, written theory-based case presentation with oral defense. The student must also complete a national counselor examination.

Students seeking to complete a master’s thesis are required to take COUN 699- Master’s Thesis as part of their electives.

In general, at least one-half of the credits must be in courses numbered 600 or above.


Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.

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