• Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

    The world needs compassionate, ethical counselors.

    Couples, families, and individuals have concerns and problems that they cannot make sense of on their own. To sort out life's issues, these people seek professionals who value social service and desire to help them improve their relationships.

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree Program at Franciscan University will help creative, innovative men and women who are able to work autonomously become prepared for a lifetime of serving others.

    Our program aims to develop the professional and personal lives of students in the program and to foster a respect for human and Christian values. The program combines the learning of therapeutic counseling skills with a Christian understanding of the human person.

    Here's what current students said are some of the best things about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree Program:

    • "The in-depth, hands-on activities done in the classroom" (First year student)
    • "The bonds that are created with fellow students" (Second year student)
    • "The unique, dynamic Christian atmosphere and devotion to the truth" (First year student)
    • "Regardless of age, this program is manageable and very energizing." (Second year student)


     Other students remarked that they have learned that "…to be a counselor means that we need to be able to take a hard look at ourselves before we attempt to make sense of other people's lives or the life of a client." (First year student). Still others appreciated the close community experienced between professors and students.

    Additional program features include:

    • Close interactions between faculty and students
    • Unique courses in psychological and spiritual integration, counseling, and pastoral counseling

    MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree Program takes two years to complete. Students enrolled in the program must successfully complete 54 credits of coursework in order to receive their master's degree. The program is accredited by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, meeting the educational requirements for counselor licensure. Courses include Christian counseling, ethics, personality development and more.  An undergraduate degree in the fields of psychology or mental health is recommended, though not required for entry into the Counseling program.

    If you share the values of the counseling profession and are looking for an opportunity to be part of an exciting group of students, professors, and practitioners, a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Franciscan University may be right for you!