Explore the unique mix of research and practical application offered through Walden’s CACREP-accredited MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Benefit from unique features of our program:

  • Faculty leaders in the field – Learn from faculty members who are American Counseling Association (ACA) members—including an ACA past president—and are active in their fields.
  • 5 functional specializations – Prepare for career advancement in whichever segment of counseling you prefer to focus your studies.
  • Supervised field work and face-to-face residencies – Practice applying what you learn on-site and network with expert faculty members.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 48 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 45 credits

  • Addiction Counseling

    Gain focused skills and insights on how to treat the unique emotional challenges that patients face from addiction.

  • Career Counseling

    Explore the best theories and methods of career counseling, consultation, and assesment.

  • Forensic Counseling

    Build your knowledge on topics such as juvenile justice, conflict resolution, and mental health law in this specialization.

  • Military Families and Culture

    Coursework in this specialization focuses on recognizing and treating the complex emotional challenges faced by active military personnel or veterans, and their spouses and children.

  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling

    Master the theory, intervention strategies, and treatment models needed to treat individuals and families who have been through trauma or crisis.

Learning Outcomes

In our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you will:

  • Employ various techniques of assessment, prevention, and intervention related to mental health counseling.
  • Study theories of human growth and development that can be applied to culturally diverse clients.
  • Utilize major research methods that are most commonly used in the counseling profession.


Through role-playing and case studies in class and at residencies, you are given opportunities to practice counseling skills and concepts. Then, through supervised field work and a practicum, you can apply your skills to help others lead more productive and fulfilling lives.


More about our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

  • Career Options

    Depending on your specialization, your career options may include a role as a licensed professional counselor in settings such as:*

    • Child and family service agencies
    • Churches and other places of worship and communal gathering
    • Community mental health centers
    • Correctional facilities
    • Domestic violence, emergency, and homeless shelters
    • Employee assistance programs
    • Inpatient or outpatient facilities
    • Public or private hospitals and healthcare settings
    • Social service agencies
    • Wellness centers

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    Walden's MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation attests that the content and quality of our programs have been evaluated and meet standards set by the profession. Graduates of CACREP-accredited programs are prepared with the skills and knowledge to maximize their impact on the field.

Why earn your MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden?

  • Cutting-Edge Technology

    Courses are enhanced by videos, simulations, presentations, and more.

  • Engaging Field Experience

    Learn on-site from experienced professionals.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

Walden University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a mental health counseling program under the 2001 standards. CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and CACREP accreditation is a requirement for licensure in many states.

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.



“Walden provides working professionals with the necessary education to transform themselves."

Angela Corley | MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate