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graduate program Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares those who want to work with clients individually, with couples, and in groups on emotional, personal, social, educational and vocational challenges. This dynamic program gives students a comprehensive understanding of professional and ethical practices, social and cultural diversity, social justice and advocacy, human growth and development, career development, assessment and research and program evaluation.

The program includes a nine month practicum-internship experience, during which students have the opportunity both to work with clients in community settings and to collaborate and consult with other mental health professionals. Students also have the opportunity to participate in psychological assessment programs and to conduct research that focuses on a wellness model of health.

Graduates of this program are employed in mental health agencies, family counseling centers, private practices, corporate human resource positions, correctional settings, and many others that require expertise in human development and counseling skills. The program is accredited as a clinical mental health counseling program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a counselor in Georgia.

Course description and classes

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Highlights of the Program

Students are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic models and counseling styles. Graduates of this program are found working in mental health agencies, correctional settings, family counseling centers, business and personnel positions, private practice, and many other settings. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is fully accredited by CACREP through 2019.

At completion of the program, the counselor is prepared to: work individually with clients on educational, vocational, social, emotional, or personal problems, consult with other professionals and administrators concerning the client's developmental needs, participate in psychological assessment programs, including the interpretation of test results, provide information and understanding to clients in the areas of educational, social, or vocational planning, and conduct and facilitate local research efforts.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
January 15 Does not admit Does not admit

Application Requirements

  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. More information at www.gre.org
  • Three letters of recommendation, goals statement, resume and interview.
  • Undergrad GPA of 2.50

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  • Take note of the deadlines.
  • “GACE Program Admission” means that the applicant must have passed all three basic skills areas of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
  • “Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment” means that the applicant must take this assessment (applicants to Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). You will receive a certificate once you complete the assessment.
  • GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • All documents and materials submitted in consideration for admission to a program become the property of Georgia State University and cannot be returned at any time.

Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines

An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.

GACE Program Admission & Georgia Educator Ethics (Program Entry) Assessments

Students seeking admission to a program for initial certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption — Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees) and the Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment (applicants for the Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). Applicants who are already certified or meet certification requirements in the State of Georgia do not have to meet this requirement. For more information about these assessments, visit GACE & Georgia Educator Ethics.

The GACE Program Admission Assessment can be exempted based on certain scores from the GRE, the SAT or the ACT (Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees). The current options for satisfying the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including exemptions (attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of master’s degrees), are outlined here  (scroll to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Requirement”) Go to GACE’s “about” page for more information about the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including test dates and registration.