Degree type: Master


Mount Aloysius College (MAC) offers a fully online Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that enhances specialized knowledge and skills and prepares students for professional certification exams as part of the process to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). Professional licensure requirements vary by countries and states. However, MAC’s Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can be an integral part of your pursuit to become a professional counselor in approximately 2 years and 6 months, which includes time off for the College’s breaks!

18 of the required 20 courses, which totals 60 credits for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, are synchronous while 2 of the 20 classes are asynchronous. During synchronous courses, students virtually meet with their professor and peers at specific times, and generally, asynchronous courses do not meet at specific times. However, asynchronous and synchronous courses require due dates for completion and online submission of assignments. Students are provided with support, collaboration, and engagement with peers and professors during their advanced degree pursuit. Students experience a cohesive approach to learning where professors care about students’ academic and personal successes.

MAC’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree prepares students to professionally counsel diverse individuals, families, and groups with various needs and presenting issues by using evidenced-based and holistic interventions to ultimately promote wellbeing. MAC’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is aligned with CACREP Standards to promote ethical and exceptionally trained professional counselors with knowledge, skills, values, as well as personal and professional development to facilitate and empower others to make positive changes in their personal lives and communities.

What makes the CMHC program at the Mount the best option for you? While other programs in the state are managing hundreds of students each semester, our small class sizes allow for more flexibility and personalized support for each student.

Students enrolled in this online program receive the same benefits as students enrolled in in-person classes, with full access to financial aid, advising and student success, library services, career services, and so much more.

Program Highlights


  • CACREP-aligned program prepares students for professional exam(s) that typically offer students opportunities for certification(s) (e.g., NCC; CAADC; etc.), which are an integral part of applying for professional licensure

  • Small class sizes

  • Earn your degree in 2 1/2 to 3 years

  • Since 2021, all Mountie graduate counseling students were offered employment during their practicum or internship experiences

  • Nearly all graduates have passed the National Counselor Exam or the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium Exam

Professional licensure requirements vary by countries and states, and most professional licensing boards require such as but not limited to supervised clinical hours post-graduation (e.g. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires 3,000 hours of approved supervised clinical hours post-graduation).

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