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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSE)

Gain the knowledge and skills to become a successful counselor

As a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Dayton, you'll 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'll learn to use leading methodologies to practice effectively in any environment.

This 60-semester hour master's degree program incorporates a generalist curriculum. The program's structure allows you to choose to complete the degree in 2.5 or 3.5 calendar years.

Program highlights

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Private university education at the cost of a public university
  • Nationally accredited by CACREP

Accreditation info

The 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 (OSWMFT) Board to provide training toward Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licenses. Program coursework also meets requirements for licensure in most other states.

Program objectives

Successful participation in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program enables you to demonstrate:

  • Professional counselor identity.
  • Knowledge, skills and dispositions to enable an appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on counseling practice.
  • Ability to apply an understanding of the process of human development as holistic — involving mind, body and spirit, spanning a lifetime, and resulting in varying outcomes due to the interactions between individual and environmental factors.
  • Ability to successfully practice clinical mental health counseling in public and private behavioral health care systems.

Gain professional experience

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program incorporates course content and field experiences. Practicum experiences are designed to provide you with opportunities to practice skills that are required in professional practice, while benefiting from the direct supervision of a professional counselor.

Internship is a culminating activity that provides you with the opportunity to develop professional competency in counseling skills, including the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders while under supervision from a professional clinical counselor. 

The practicum and internship are completed during the course of three to four semesters in a clinical mental health agency setting, with supervision provided by a licensed clinical counselor and UD faculty supervisors.

What can I do with this degree?

With a degree in clinical mental health counseling, you can pursue a career in therapeutic programs involving the prevention and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Graduates can be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), and 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.


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962