What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 60 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: November 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

In our Mental Health Counseling M.S. program you will collaborate and consult with other mental health professionals to take the next steps in your career as a mental health counselor.

This Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited master’s degree meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a counselor and prepares you to work with people across the lifespan in individual, couples and group settings.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • psychological and emotional wellness
  • professional and ethical practices
  • social and cultural diversity
  • social justice and advocacy
  • human growth and development
  • counseling theories, interventions and best practices
  • career development
  • assessment, research and program evaluation
  • and more

Your program culminates in a three-semester practicum-internship. In that experience, you will work with clients in community settings to resolve their challenges.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

In our Mental Health Counseling M.S. program you will collaborate and consult with other mental health professionals to take the next steps in your career as a mental health counselor.

This Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited master’s degree meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a counselor and prepares you to work with people across the lifespan in individual, couples and group settings.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • psychological and emotional wellness
  • professional and ethical practices
  • social and cultural diversity
  • social justice and advocacy
  • human growth and development
  • counseling theories, interventions and best practices
  • career development
  • assessment, research and program evaluation
  • and more

Your program culminates in a three-semester practicum-internship. In that experience, you will work with clients in community settings to resolve their challenges.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 60 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: November 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Program Highlights

We work for you

We continue to work hard to innovate our program. We want to ensure you are getting the best classroom instruction and clinical preparation so you can be a leader in the field of mental health counseling.

Opportunities:

  • Engage with national recognized research and clinical faculty
  • Affect the future of the profession by participating in groundbreaking research
  • Apply your counseling knowledge and skill at practicum/internship sites
  • Advocate for the wellness of clients and the growth of the mental health counseling field
  • Lead the profession by participating in local, national and international associations

Careers

During the program you will experience a wide range of therapeutic models and counseling styles that prepare you for a meaningful career helping others.

Some of our graduates go on to pursue advanced doctoral degrees. Other graduates have found careers in the following settings:

  • mental health agencies
  • family counseling centers
  • private practices
  • corporate human resource positions
  • correctional settings
  • and so many others that need your expertise in human development and counseling skills.

Check out how some of our graduates are using their degrees in Our Voices »

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Mental Health Counseling, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE scores:
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at time of application submission

Please Note:

  • Interviews will be conducted by department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and fully meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia.

When you finish the program, you will be able to work with clients in individual, group, family and couples settings. You will have knowledge and skills to counsel clients across the lifespan (toddler through late adulthood) and address a wide range of challenges, including:

  • interpersonal difficulties
  • career and vocational transitions
  • crisis and trauma
  • emotional concerns
  • identity development
  • grief and loss
  • addictions
  • psychosocial issues
  • and many more

You will develop a strong sense of professional identity that aligns with the American Counseling Association’s definition of counseling: Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals

You will facilitate counseling sessions and participate in consultation and supervision with professionals and administrators about addressing clients’ developmental needs.

You will have opportunities to contribute to mental health scholarship through research, writing and presentations. This may also lead to furthering your education in a doctoral program.

You will build connections to a group of peers who will enter the profession with you and provide support as your professional network for many years into the future.

Program of Study

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Professional Studies (9)
Required (9):

  • CPS 7340 Social/Cultural Issues in Counseling and Psychological Services (3)
  • CPS 7500 Individual and Family Over the Life Span (3)
  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)

Major (33)
Required (33):

  • CPS 6010 Professional Identity and Ethics in Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CPS 6410 Basic Counseling Skills (3)
  • CPS 6450 Group Counseling Systems (3)
  • CPS 7260 Counseling Systems and Interventions (3)
  • CPS 7300 Career Theory, Assessment, and Intervention (3)
  • CPS 7450 Educational and Psychological Appraisal (3)
  • CPS 8100 Psychobehavioral Diagnosis (3)
  • CPS 8380 Family Systems and Interventions (3)
  • CPS 8430 Advanced Counseling Skills (3) or another appropriate course may be substituted with the approval of the student’s advisor/program coordinator
  • CPS 8460 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Addiction (3)
  • CPS 8470 Crisis Intervention (3)

Applied Practice Sequence (12)
Required (12):

  • CPS 7660 Applied Practice I: Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CPS 7680 Internship: Mental Health Counseling (9)

Elective (6)
A list of approved electives for Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree students is available in each student’s handbook.

Program total: minimum of 60 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Jonathan Orr, Ph.D.
jorr@gsu.edu
404-413-8197

Counseling and Psychological Services
cpsadmissions@gsu.edu
404-413-8200

Mailing Address & Office Location
Counseling and Psychological Services
College of Education & Human Development, Room 950
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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