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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Make a Career of Caring with a Master’s Degree in Counseling

Wilmington University’s master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for professional counseling practice spanning a range of mental health issues in diverse populations.


Choose an Accredited Mental Health Counseling Degree of the Highest Standards

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the only Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited program of its kind in our region. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to sit for the National Counselor Examination administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors and may subsequently begin to work toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH).

Grow Through Meaningful Counseling Degree Field Work/Practicum Experiences

A two-year mental health counseling course sequence is followed by a one-year clinical training experience that put theory and new knowledge into applied practice. This comprehensive and affordable three-year master’s in clinical mental health counseling degree program provides the knowledge base and clinical skills for individual, group, family and career counseling practice.

Learn Clinical Mental Health Counseling From Dedicated, Active Practitioners

You’ll learn theory and methodologies from faculty who are active leaders in mental health counseling and ensure course content is relatable to the challenges facing today’s counselors. The WilmU master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling program holds both a high pass rate on licensure exams, as well as a high job placement rate for graduates.

The CMHC program has transitioned to a Hybrid Program. The CMHC Digital-Hybrid program utilizes a combination of Digital Synchronous, Digital Asynchronous, and In-Person synchronous learning.

   Digital Asynchronous Learning - Canvas: Wilmington University and the CMHC Digital-Hybrid Program utilizes Canvas as a Learning Management System. All CMHC program courses have a designated Canvas course. The Canvas courses contain your syllabus as well as various learning modules, assignments, tests, and quizzes. You will have regular engagement with the course material, classmates, and your instructor through asynchronous course projects, assignments and activities. For information and learning tutorials on Canvas, please visit Canvas for Students.

   Digital Synchronous Learning: CMHC students participate in digital learning activities simultaneously in real-time via regular Zoom class meetings. The Zoom for each course can be found in the Canvas course for the designated CMHC course. Students attend a Zoom class in different physical locations from the instructor and/or students. This modality allows for enhanced engagement and learning activities that occur in real-time. Attendance for all digital synchronous Zoom classes is mandatory in the CMHC program.

   In-Person Synchronous Learning: CMHC students participate in some in-person learning activities simultaneously in real-time, on campus with the instructor. This modality allows for the added in-person engagement with the faculty and students, and allows for the inclusion of learning activities that are more conducive or appropriate in the in-person format. Attendance for any In-Person synchronous learning class is mandatory in the CMHC program and students are expected to travel to the specified DE site location.

For further information, please refer to the following document: CMHC Digital-Hybrid Program Explained


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Learn more about the CMHC Curriculum

A copy of the Basic Course Information (generic syllabus) can be found by going to: https://www.wilmu.edu/courses/basic-course-information-pdfs.aspx and locating the corresponding course number.

A full course syllabus is available upon request, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Adair at Elizabeth.s.adair@wilmu.edu.

Finish your counseling master’s degree in as little as 3 years 
60 credits required

$1,536 per course

Cost of a typical 3-credit graduate degree course taken at our
Wilson Graduate Center or online
Wilmington University tuition is based on cost-per-credit. You only pay for the courses you need
to complete your master’s in clinical mental health counseling degree.

Career and industry outlook for
M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates.

A M.S. in mental health counseling degree opens the door to career growth and leadership positions in many fields.

Source: Emsi Economic Modeling, LLC

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I love this university. I’ve met some amazing friends here. The staff is great, they're friendly, and they're always there for the students. WilmU has helped me prepare in many ways for the field of counseling. — Victoria Steele, M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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