Degree Program - CMHC

Requirements for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinic Mental Health Counseling is for candidates preparing for a profession as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of the 64-hour degree program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and pursue state licensure as an LPC.

Requirements for Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counseling Core Requirements–22 credit hours

  • Human Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Family of Origin
  • Diagnosis and Case Management
  • Christian Foundations of Counseling
  • Pre-Practicum Lab

One of the following:

  • Statistics and Research
  • Applied Research (Program Director recommendation required)

Elective–3 credit hours


CMHC Major Core Requirements – 39 credit hours

  • Principles of Family Therapy
  • Group Theory
  • Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Career Development Information and Vocational Education
  • Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Professional Development and Ethics
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Addictions
  • Practicum I: CMHC
  • Practicum II: CMHC
  • Internship I
  • Internship II

Total credit hours–64


Second Major Options

The JBU Counseling Program recognizes that today's counseling professionals have multifaceted opportunities requiring multiple training specialties. The Graduate Counseling department offers two majors for the MS degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Students may opt to take more than one major and may add an emphasis in Play Therapy.


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