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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSE)

Gain the Knowledge and Skills to Become a Successful Counselor

As a UD Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful counselor in community-based and private counseling sessions. We embrace a holistic approach to working with individuals, families and communities, and you will learn to use leading methodologies to practice effectively in any environment.

The flexibility of the program structure allows you to choose from two tracks — 2.5 years or 3.5 years.

To receive your Professional Counseling License (PC), you are required to pass a test from the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT). After completing two additional years of supervised experience and passing a second test (PCLE), you will be licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC).

program Accreditation

The UD Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT) to provide training toward Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licenses. Program coursework also meets requirements for licensure in most states outside of Ohio.

A High-Quality Education

Ecotherapy Certificate Student Experience Two Campuses Available Career Options

Ecotherapy Certificate

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students who are interested in the healing power of nature can earn a certificate in Ecotherapy with just a few requirements beyond their regular coursework. This certificate is perfect for people who want to incorporate nature and sustainability into their counseling practice.

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From professional seminars to internships and study abroad opportunities, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students can explore their interests while honing the skills needed for a successful career.

Take Courses in Dayton or the Columbus Metro Area

UD Clinical Mental Health Counseling students have the flexibility of attending classes UD's main campus in Dayton, Ohio, or at the DeSales Campus, located in the Columbus metropolitan area.

Explore the DeSales Campus

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including community agencies, hospitals and clinics, as well as in private practices, providing counseling and psychotherapy for clients who are struggling with mental and emotional disorders, substance abuse, family and relationship difficulties, and career development needs.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Student Research

Students work alongside faculty to conduct and publish research in respected journals. Students also participate in UD's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

Study Abroad Opportunities

At the University of Dayton, we are committed to enhancing your education and expanding your global perspective through the life-changing impact of international experiences. While we currently don't have a program available, we are actively preparing for an immersive journey to a captivating destination worldwide. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities, and prepare to broaden your horizons while crafting unforgettable experiences with us.

Graduate Assistantships

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students must be accepted into the program, and must be enrolled full time at UD's main campus in Dayton upon accepting an assistantship. GAs are typically employed for 20 hours per week on a 9-month contract, and they receive partial tuition remission and a monthly stipend.

Chi Sigma Iota

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are invited to join Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. Its mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

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Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Practicum experiences offer students the opportunity to hone the skills needed for professional practice. Students also participate in an internship where they can diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. All practicum and internship experiences are completed in a clinical mental health agency setting, with supervision by a professional clinical counselor and a UD faculty supervisor.


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Fitz Hall, Room 629
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962

Private University Education at the Cost of a Public University

The UD Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, part of the School of Education and Health Sciences, offers a private university education at the cost of a public university. Discover tuition costs per semester for SEHS by clicking the link below.

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