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Last Updated: 3/25/2020, 8:13 AM

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

If you’re seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing in New Jersey, Monmouth’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will give you the theory-based knowledge and counseling skills you need to succeed in a wide range of mental health careers.

Our dynamic 60-credit curriculum was the first mental health counseling program in the state to be accredited by CACREP. You’ll learn the foundations of counseling procedures, intervention skills, assessment methods and the quantitative abilities you need to read relevant research findings.

  • Satisfies academic requirements for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in New Jersey
  • The department has close associations with more than 100 field sites that accept Monmouth students for field placement during the required practicum and internships
  • Students may participate in various hands-on and experiential activities in addition to practicum and internships

Scheduling is geared to working adults with all classes offered during the late afternoon or evening.

Program Director & Faculty

David U. Burkholder

(732) 923-4621

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The M.S. program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides students with a comprehensive education from a diverse faculty, including intensive supervised clinical experience in the field. When students are finished with the program, they are equipped to obtain a professional license as a counselor and seek employment across a wide range of careers in mental health.

David Burkholder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Program Director – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Monmouth students consistently test above the national mean, as well as above the means for other CACREP schools.


Program is consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards

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My training at Monmouth University was provided by expert staff in a highly supportive environment. As a result, I am now gifted with the ability to help others in a significantly impactful way. There is great reward in the counseling profession, it is beyond anything that I could have ever imagined.

Alicia Zielinski Straub
M.S. ’11

Program Application Requirements

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Two completed Monmouth University Professional Counseling Recommendation Forms.
  • Twelve credits in psychology or closely related field (including courses in personality theory, statistics, abnormal psychology, and research methods).
  • Narrative (four to five pages, double spaced) in response to the questions outlined on the Admission Application Essay Form.
  • GRE scores may be required, except for candidates with a master’s degree in a related field.
  • Participation in a group interview.

Significant Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for counselors are well above average, with the field expected to grow 23% through 2026.

Those with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are well poised to take advantage of the expected boom.

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