MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

North Park University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates


About this program

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program consists of 60 credit hours of course work and supervised clinical training experiences. Students learn to promote mental wellness, prevention, and resilience in individuals and communities. 

The program prepares graduates for careers as culturally competent professional counselors in a variety of settings. Students will receive a strong foundation in counseling theory, acquire an understanding of the profession’s legal and ethical responsibilities, and master the skills necessary for effective assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients. Upon program completion, students will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An electronic copy of your current resume
  • Two professional and/or academic recommendations are required as part of your application. Log in to your account at North Park University website to send a recommendation request through our online system
  • An essay, as described on the application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended sent directly to North Park University

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Program content

Core courses:

  • Counseling Techniques
  • Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities related to Professional Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Appraisal of Individuals
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Family Dynamics
  • Current Topics in Counseling Psychology
  • Internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Program delivery

Coursework blends theory with practice, designed to prepare you for the Licensed Professional Counselor exam. Courses follow an accelerated format with classes meeting once a week for 7-week sessions, with the exception of the two semester-long internship courses. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.


The CMHC is a 60-semester-hour degree. At this year’s tuition rate ($645 per credit hour), 60 hours would cost $38,700.

The CMHC is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Adjusting for slight per-credit-hour cost increases over time, a tuition cost range could be $38,700 to $40,000 for the entire CMHC program.


Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Continuing studies

North Park University offers a variety of Continuing Education Workshop opportunities for mental health professionals seeking to expand their professional skills.

Continuing Education Units, required by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, are available for Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors.

Career paths

Professional Counseling Careers

  • Counselor with mental health agency
  • Grief counselor with hospital or hospice center
  • Addictions or rehabilitation counselor
  • Spiritual counselor affiliated with a church, denomination, or church-affiliated community agency
  • Private or group practice, working with couples, families, or individuals

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North Park University

Founded in 1891 by Swedish immigrants, North Park University is a small private university located in the United States third-largest city, Chicago. North Park University is an Christian, city-centered, intercultural institution that will provide students with a practical, relevant, hands...

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Why study at North Park University

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North Park University

3225 W Foster Ave
60625 Chicago Illinois
United States of America

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