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Master of Science - Clinical Mental Health Counseling


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Plan Description


The Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology & Human Services offers a 60 credit Master of Science (M.S.) – Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Graduates of the M.S. program are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination in order to qualify for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, a 60-credit hour course of study, is designed to train professional counselors for work in a variety of community and mental health settings. Community mental health counselors work in local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private for-profit and non-profit agencies.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. degree offers a unique arena for the development of counseling theory and in depth research in issues impacting community and mental health, as well as continuing the development of professional counselors to meet the diverse needs of Southern Nevada, the region, and the nation.

Faculty members in the Department of Counselor Education endeavor to promote excellence in counselor education and counseling research. Our graduate counseling programs prepare students to:

  1. Serve as professional counselors, advocates, and leaders who maximize opportunities for individuals, groups, and communities with a particular emphasis on helping underserved and oppressed client populations;
  2. Address developmental, academic, career, mental health, socio-cultural, and wellness needs of clients seeking counseling;
  3. Help individuals, groups and communities strive to find meaning, involvement, worth, and dignity in their lives;
  4. Engage in action research and program evaluations to further the knowledge base and best practice initiatives of the counseling profession; and
  5. Advocate with local, state, and national organizations to promote client and societal wellbeing.

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Plan Admission Requirements


Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

The master degree program requires that an application for admission be submitted to the Graduate College and the Department of Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology & Human Services as well as transcripts of all college-level work. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work is required.

Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation directly to the department along with a departmental application form that includes a writing sample. Final applicants undergo an extensive/structured personal interview. Students should refer to the department website. Students are admitted once each year, with an application deadline of February 1st.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements


Total Credits Required: 60

Course Requirements


Degree Requirements


  1. All full and part-time students entering into the M.S. program are required to enroll in the following courses during their first fall semester: CED 701 - Introduction to Counseling and CED 727 - Counseling Process and Procedures.
  2. A grade of B or better is required in both CED 701 and CED 727 in order to continue taking coursework in the M.S. program. Students who make a grade of B- or lower (but not an F) in either CED 701 or CED 727 will be placed on probation and may not continue taking other coursework in the M.S. program until successfully repeating these courses. If after a second attempt a student does not make a B or better, the student will be officially separated from the graduate program.
  3. Students must make a grade of B or better in CED 741 in order to enroll in CED 751. A grade of B or better is required for all internship courses (CED 751 and CED 775) or they must be repeated.
  4. A student receiving a grade of F in any required course in the degree program will be officially separated from the graduate program. Students must repeat any course in which they make a grade of C- or lower. Students making three or more grades of B- or lower will be officially separated from the graduate program. In order to earn the degree, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  5. Students must successfully complete and pass the final comprehensive exam.

Plan Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for the program.
  2. The student must successfully complete and pass the final comprehensive exam.

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