M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling


The Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as counselors in a variety of community settings including mental health centers, community agencies, hospitals, private practices, residential treatment centers, Department of Corrections, drug treatment centers, and other helping or human services oriented programs.

Mental health is a broad field with a wide range of career choices. Working with individuals and groups of all ages, health professionals in this field help children, adolescents and adults deal with a variety of life stresses and problems, including addiction/substance abuse; problems with self- esteem; aging-related mental health issues; family, parenting or marital problems; grief, anger, or depression; and other emotional or behavioral issues. Mercer University positions you for a career helping others through its Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

The program includes an intensive internship experience that provides students with opportunities to interact with a variety of clients in extended counseling relationships and situations under close supervision.

Advantages of Mercer’s Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

  • Prepare for licensure through the GA State Board of Examiners
  • Internship experience provides an opportunity to interact with clients
  • Evening classes for working adult students
  • Highly credentialed faculty that have practiced professional counseling in a variety of settings

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.


Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and on the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores on these exams that are above the national average scores for other counseling programs.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with individual and group clients on a wide range of issues. Topics include: the analysis of educational, vocational, social, emotional, or personal problems; consulting with other professionals concerning the clients’ developmental needs; administering and interpreting psychological assessments; providing vocational planning; and conducting research. Private practice and many counseling occupations require that an individual be licensed as a Professional Counselor. This Masters of Science degree will prepare the student for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. Licensure also requires postgraduate counseling experience and supervision, as well as successfully completing the licensing exam.

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Evening classes are held once per week, designed especially for working adult students. Courses are scheduled in 16-week semesters during the Fall and Spring. Summer courses are scheduled in eight-week semesters.

Students are required to complete three semesters of clinical practice, which includes a one semester Practicum of 100 clinical hours, and two semesters of Internship which totals 600 hours of clinical practice. Candidates must also pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prior to conferring the degree.

Location(s) where program is delivered include:

  • Atlanta