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, Ph.D.
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.
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
Monmouth's Department of Professional Counseling offers an unrivaled educational experience for aspiring counselors. Our professors, specialty tracks, and exceptional field placement program allow students to customize their studies while developing a broad foundation in counseling theories and techniques. As a student, I've assisted with faculty research, designed my own research studies, and served on the executive board of our honor society. Whether it's a Ph.D. or a career as a practitioner, I am confident that Monmouth has prepared me well for the next phase of my career. - Christine Hennigan, Current Graduate Student
I am a graduate of this program myself. When I attended, I experienced a sort of extended family here with the other students, and the faculty. Returning as a professor, that experience has continued, in some cases with professors who taught me and those who were students with me and are now teaching here. I try to be available and supportive to our students and graduates. I like the energy, care and the quest for knowledge here with a common drive to be part of this important helping profession. My own specific interest is in the connection between the body (especially the brain) and the target of counseling, the mind. - Gary J. Handler, Ph.D., Specialist Professor
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Monmouth University has opened doors for me to advance in my field. I'm currently employed at Summit Behavioral Health, a substance abuse treatment center, as the Admissions Manager of Operations. I'm also interning as a counselor at Preferred Behavioral Health with adolescents struggling with severe behavioral problems. Monmouth University has instilled in me a great confidence to strive for excellence. - Katherine Picon, Current Graduate Student
After 15 years in the technology industry, I decided to pursue a career in professional counseling. Monmouth University's M.S. in professional counseling is an ideal match. Our program offers us a variety of opportunities to engage and explore the counseling profession. Now in my second year, I've participated in a range of these events. From Broadway shows to Psychodrama workshops, including most recently ACA in Montreal, these experiences enable us to increase our understanding and appreciation of a variety of concepts, cultures, and treatment modalities. - Martin Gavin, Current Graduate Student
My matriculation at Monmouth University has been highly rewarding. Monmouth has afforded me the unforgettable opportunity to work within the community and make a difference. In my time here I was able to work with the youth and serve as their mentor. This solidified my aspirations of becoming the best counselor I could be. I could not have done this without the support of my professors, who were knowledgeable and cared very much for my success. - Salcia De Jesus, Current Graduate Student
Four students from Monmouth’s Professional Counseling Department won First Place in the 2017-2018 American Counseling Association (ACA) Graduate Student Ethics Competition. Dr. Sarah Springer served as faculty adviser to students: Sunanda Sharma, Helene Maliko-Abraham, Madison Lawn, and Emily Ramos. Students will be recognized at the 2018 ACA National Conference in Atlanta, GA. Their essay will also be published in the association's upcoming newsletter Counseling Today.
Upcoming Graduate Studies Information Sessions
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
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.