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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

By earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Judson University, you’ll develop the experience and expertise needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.

With each course you complete, you’ll gain knowledge, skills, and practical experience you can use to help individuals and groups attain mental health and personal wellness, as well as educational and career goals. In short, you’ll prepare for a professional future where you can contribute to the well-being of humanity.


How will a clinical mental health counseling master’s benefit me?


What will I learn in this program?


As you progress through this program, you’ll come to a greater understanding of counseling theory, practice, and professional identity. While studying for your Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you’ll learn:

  • Advanced elements of counseling you can apply in any therapy setting
  • How to assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness in a clinical setting
  • Methods to treat those battling substance abuse in addition to mental health issues

“This is a degree for students who are looking to be professional helpers. We are a small program and a small faculty, so you’ll receive individualized attention.”

Dr. Amber Randolph
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling


What classes will I take?

This program requires 60 credit hours. In addition to classroom study, you’ll also take part in practicum and internship experiences to apply what you’ve learned with real clients. Classes you might take include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Counseling Theory
  • Family Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of Human Services and Counseling Delivery Systems
  • Group Counseling
  • Human Growth and Lifespan Development
  • Interpersonal Relations and Leadership Development
  • Maladaptive Behaviors and Psychiatric Illness
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment

What makes this program stand out?

  • 94%

    Of students would recommend Judson to a friend

  • Top 50

    Mission-Minded Christian Colleges and Universities according to Christian Universities Online

  • 15

    Average class size in MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program


How is the master’s in clinical mental health counseling different from the master’s in human services administration?


Judson’s master’s degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and human services administration both enable you to take charge and impact lives, just in different ways.

Clinical mental health counseling

Gain the diagnostic and interpersonal skills required to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.

Human services administration

Learn to lead non-profit organizations. A combination of courses in program planning and implementation, finances, leadership empowers you to make organizations more effective.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Human Services Administration


How long will it take to get my degree?

Attend class just one night a week, and plan on spending about 15 hours per week working on coursework outside of class. By maintaining this schedule, you can finish this degree in 3 years.

Can I transfer to Judson?

Yes, many credits from prior colleges or work experience can transfer to Judson. When you combine our generous transfer policy with enrollment coaches who work one-on-one with you, you can feel confident you’ll get the most credit possible.


How much will it cost?

$685

per credit hour
(60 credit hours required)

99%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

847.637.0689


What jobs can I get with a clinical mental health counseling degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationwide, there are more than 687,000 jobs in the field of counseling and therapy. Through 2026, employment in the field of community and social service is projected to grow by 14%—faster than average.

In Illinois specifically, nearly 9,000 counselor and social worker job openings come available each year.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • School counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $58,620

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $56,550

  • Mental health counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $46,050

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $43,380

  • Rehabilitation counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $38,950

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $36,480

BLS, 2017

“I went to college to become a vocational rehab counselor for the deaf. My educational goal has made a huge impact on my family and on myself.”

Chad Richardson
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Why choose Judson for a clinical mental health counseling degree?

Made for working adults

Judson’s Division of Professional Studies classes only meet one night each week, with coursework designed to open more career doors to you. You can choose to take courses in Elgin or Rockford to make it as convenient for you as possible.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is taught at our Rockford and Elgin campuses.

Choose the location that works best with your schedule.

  • Rockford Campus

    Rockford Campus
    200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois

  • Elgin Campus

    Elgin Campus
    1151 North State Street, Elgin, Illinois

Free child care at the Rockford campus

To help you focus on what matters most, Judson has partnered with the YMCA to provide free child care during class to students who attend the Rockford campus.

Resources that will help you succeed

Success coaches, 24/7 help desk support, tutoring services, and more are always close by to set you up for success inside and outside the classroom.

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    Free Daycare
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    Financial Aid Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students