Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Graduate Program (MA)

With over 165,000 counselors in the United States assisting people with personal, family, mental health, social-impact, educational, and career decisions, problems and concerns, counselors play a significant role in the lives of individuals and communities.


We invite applications from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall, or spring term.

To apply for official acceptance as a degree-seeking student, submit the following application materials online to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  • Completed online application (choose Counseling, then Clinical Mental Health)
  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work from accredited colleges or universities.
  • A resume.
  • A five hundred word minimum statement of purpose for graduate study.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals commenting on the applicant's academic/professional potential.
  • Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • The MAT is offered here at Xavier. For information about registering for the MAT, please call 513-745-3531. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, a MAT score of 390 or above, or a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical section of the GRE.

Application deadlines are:

  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Summer Semester: February 1
  • Fall Semester: February 1

Faculty will review the pool of applications after each of these dates and will then invite selected candidates to an on-campus interview to continue the application process.

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Group I

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 12
COUN 501 Lifespan Development
COUN 533 Counseling Theories & Techniques
COUN 536 Group Process
COUN 636 Career Counseling

Group II

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 8
COUN 579 Psychological & Achievement Testing
COUN 630 Intro to Mental Health Counseling
COUN 631 Counseling Issues & Ethics
COUN 640 Family Relations

Group III

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 9
COUN 509 Counseling Research Methods
COUN 638 Cross Cultural Counseling
COUN 669 Pre-Practicum/Counseling Lab
COUN 765 Crisis Counseling

Group IV

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 11
COUN 642 Consultation & Supervision
COUN 767 Treating Addictions (Advanced)
COUN 773 Counseling Practicum

Group V: Electives

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 20
COUN 671 Counseling Internship (600 hours)
COUN 760 Personality & Abnormal Behavior
COUN 762 Intellectual and Personality Assessment
COUN 763 Diagnosis of Psychopathology
COUN 764 Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 766 Intervention Skills for the Severely Mentally Disabled

Sample Courses

Lifespan Development - COUN 501 - 3 credit hours - Lifespan Development involves the study of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Knowledge and comprehension of issues of human adjustment faced at all stages of development from conception through retirement are addressed through the application of psychological principles in the field of counseling.

Counseling Issues and Ethics - COUN 631 - 2 credit hours - This course is designed to increase awareness of complexities present in counselor practice and to teach a process of ethical decision-making. In addition, the student will learn ethical and legal responsibilities of the counselor and the counseling profession.

Personality and Abnormal Behavior - COUN 760 - 3 credit hours - A study of the dynamics of the disturbed personality, symptoms, causes, treatment of psychoneuroses, psychoses, and abnormal personalities. Emphasis is placed on psychopathological conditions related to children, adolescents, young and middle-life adults, and the aged.

Counseling Practicum - COUN 773 - This practicum experience involves completing recorded interviews with bona fide clients and producing appropriate client reports and student self-evaluation forms. Students must complete a total of 40 clock hours of counseling sessions with approximately four clients, 8 hours of which must be recorded for supervisor review. Students will also be expected to lead a group counseling experience.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MA Counseling Programs $635
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2019-20 school year, and include classes from Summer 2019 though Spring 2020. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit

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The degree program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a professional clinical counselor.


Since a majority of students are employed, class and curricular offerings are scheduled in the late afternoon, evenings, and weekends to accommodate student schedules.


Our clinical coordinator maintains an ongoing relationship with over 100 agencies and schools and will work collaboratively with you to create a successful internship experience.

Introducing Xavier's Counseling Program

Fully accredited

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through March 31, 2022. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.

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The Counseling Internship

The Ohio Counselor and social-impact Worker Board requires that a minimum of 600 clock hours of supervised clinical counseling experience in an on-site setting be completed as part of the student's Masters program. The Xavier program is designed to help students meet this requirement by offering 4 semester hours of internship activities.

The following requirements will be met during your internship:

  • Direct service counseling activities with individuals and/or groups.
  • Supervised activities in the area of diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.
  • Face-to-face meetings with an on-site PCC licensed supervisor.

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