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Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA

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Help people overcome mental health challenges

By earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Judson University, you’ll develop the experience and expertise needed to counsel and administer diagnoses to mental health patients.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to sit for the exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois, having learned how to:

  • Apply advanced elements of counseling in any therapy setting
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness in a clinical setting
  • Treat patients suffering from mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse

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Why Judson for your counseling master’s?

Below-average tuition costs

  • $750 Cost Per Credit Hour (below the national private university average for graduate programs) Source: IPEDS
  • 91% of Judson university students receive some form of financial aid

Progress at a comfortable pace

  • Attend class just one night a week at the campus closest to you: Elgin or Rockford.
  • Spend time in class gaining valuable, hands-on counseling experience.
  • Outside of class time, plan to spend about 15 hours per week working on homework.
  • By following this plan, you can expect to graduate in about 3 years.

Courses that teach you
career-ready skills

You must complete 60 credit hours to earn your master’s. Besides classroom study, you’ll have practicum and internship experiences to apply what you’ve learned with real patients.

Course List
  • MHC 501 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • MHC 504 Fundamentals of Human Services and Counseling Delivery Systems
  • MHC 510 Human Growth and Lifespan Development
  • MHC 512 Interpersonal Relations and Leadership Development
  • MHC 515 Counseling Theory
  • MHC 516 Counseling Techniques
  • MHC 517 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • MHC 525 Practicum
  • MHC 527 Maladaptive Behaviors and Psychiatric Illness
  • MHC 529 Multicultural Counseling
  • MHC 532 Research and Evaluation Methods
  • MHC 535 Family Dynamics
  • MHC 542 Group Counseling
  • MHC 545 Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • MHC 607 Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • MHC 616 Advanced Counseling Skills
  • MHC 620 Career Counseling
  • MHC 625 A–D Counseling Internship
  • MHC 642 Advanced Group Counseling Skills

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Counseling jobs in Illinois are growing

Through 2030, Illinois is projected to need nearly 9,500 additional counselors and social workers statewide.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and average annual salaries in Illinois like the following:

  • School counselor


  • Mental health counselor


  • Rehabilitation counselor


Sources: Illinois Department of Employment Security, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Supporting you as you learn to support others

Personal attention, face-to-face and online

Both on-campus and while doing coursework from home, you’re always close to Judson’s helpful people and resources, including:

  • Enrollment and Success Coaches who guide you through application, enrollment, coursework, and school-life balance.
  • 24/7 tech helpdesk so you can keep current on your courses from anywhere.
  • Tutoring and academic support to get through though classes and assignments.

Join a tight-knit, purpose-driven community

  • 75+% of Judson’s classes have fewer than 20 students, so you’ll get to know your classmates well.
  • Judson’s 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio means more personal time with your expert instructors.
  • 94% of our students recommend Judson to a friend, demonstrating our commitment to quality and community.

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A degree designed for professional helpers