Clinical Mental Health MA

The master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit program of study. This rigorous program provides students with the coursework necessary for becoming licensed professional counselors in the state of Montana. Consistent with CACREP national standards, the program requires that students obtain at least 700 hours of supervised counseling experience within an appropriate mental health agency setting. If you're interested in providing mental health counseling to children or adults, we hope you'll consider enrolling in this demanding but gratifying program.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Mental Health Counseling program in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Montana College of Education and Human Sciences.

Program of Study

Required Core Courses for BOTH School and Mental Health MA tracks                                                                      

COUN 511: Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3 credits                                                             
COUN 512: Fundamentals of Counseling – 3 credits         
COUN 520: Group Counseling Theory – 3 credits
COUN 530: Applied Counseling Skills (Practicum)* – 2 credits
COUN 540: Individual Appraisal – 3 credits
COUN 550: Introduction to Family Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 560: Lifespan Developmental Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 570: Career Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 575: Multicultural Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 580: Addictions Counseling and Motivational Interviewing – 3 credits
COUN 589: Comprehensive Exam – 2 credits
COUN 610: Professional Ethics and Orientation – 3 credits
C&I 520: Research and Program Evaluation (advisor approval required) – 3 credits

Total credits, Counseling Core: 37

Required Specialty Courses for Mental Health Track

COUN 585: Counseling Methods: Agency (Internship)*
COUN 615: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – 3 credits
COUN 625: Intro to Mental Health Systems – 3 credits
Electives (consult with advisor) – 11 credits

Total minimum credits, Mental Health Counseling Track + Core: 60

*For specific requirements related to clinical training courses (COUN 530 and COUN 585) please see the Practicum and Internship Guide. Some credit variation may occur due to curricular changes for CACREP visit.

CMHC Course Planning Form 

MA Application Requirements


The Department does not require a specific undergraduate degree for admission. However, the following undergraduate prerequisites are required and must be completed prior to enrollment or during the first year of graduate study:

  • Developmental psychology or equivalent
  • Abnormal psychology or child and adolescent psychological disorders
  • Basic statistics and/or education measurement

Required Materials

  • Current resume (CV)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts from ALL higher-education institutions of previous study
  • Personal statement - tell us more about you, your motivations to pursue a counseling degree, the qualities you would bring to the profession, and what you hope to do with the degree

Optional Materials

  • Official GRE scores - these should be included if you feel they will strengthen your application to the program

Application Information

The application submission deadline for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program is January 15th.

Graduate student applicants must apply online. Contact the Graduate School (406-243-2572) with further questions regarding the online application process. If admitted, students may begin their graduate program in either Summer Session or Fall Semester. 

English Language Requirements: 
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (Internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 7.0 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally into a graduate program or as a graduate non-degree student and will be required to complete English as a Second Language (ESL) courses before participating in Counselor Education courses.