Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

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Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to educate and prepare culturally fluent professional counselors from diverse backgrounds to advance the profession through practice, advocacy, scholarship, research, leadership and service. 

Our program emphasizes a reflective-practitioner model that integrates the use of intensive, supervised, clinical experiences, research, evidence based and creative resources and current technology to work within a diverse global society.  We emphasize a holistic approach to counseling whereby individuals, couples and families are encouraged to achieve optimal personal, educational and relational development.

We will prepare you to be a culturally responsive, trauma informed and ethical counselor.

Program Highlights

  • A cohort-model program that welcomes 18 full-time students each year
  • Uses block scheduling, limiting classes to 2-3 days per week
  • Faculty are licensed and provide clinical work in the community
  • Clinical instruction is provided with a 6:1 faculty to student ratio
  • Students have one year of supervised clinical experience, on campus, prior to internship
  • 100% student placement for internships with the majority being hired during placement

Program Distinctions

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Jan. 3 (priority) March 1 (final) Jan. 3 (priority) March 1 (final) Jan. 3 (priority) March 1 (final)
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer Jan. 3 (priority) March 1 (final) Jan. 3 (priority) March 1 (final) Jan. 3 (priority) March 1 (final)

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Tina Sacin

Popular Careers

  • Community mental health centers
  • Private practice 
  • Correctional centers
  • Schools
  • Crisis clinics

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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