Our CACREP accredited master’s in counseling program accepts students from all undergraduate degrees looking to learn how to make a positive impact on those who need help the most. The program prepares you to work as a professional counselor to promote mental health, well-being and social justice for a diverse, multicultural and global community.
Our online counseling degree program includes online courses, an intensive residential colloquium, and experiential learning in fieldwork focused on the development of your professional identity. Our faculty encourages an active, thorough, and continued examination of your development in the role of a professional counselor.
Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program offers three optional focuses of study: Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling (SAAC), Counseling Military Service Personnel and their Families (MSPF), and Trauma.
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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling typically takes three years to complete. You should expect to spend approximately nine hours per week on each course, in addition to 20 hours a week onsite at a clinical setting in your area when your practicum and internships begin. Students must pass a candidacy review before being authorized to begin practicum. We encourage you to plan your life carefully to accommodate the increased investment of time and energy in your professional education.
The online counseling degree consists of
- Two week-long in-person intensive residential colloquia
- A semester-long practicum (100 hours)
- A 3-semester internship (900 hours)
Required Core Courses:
- Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction
- Professional Orientation & Ethics
- Human Development: Lifespan & Systems
- Counseling Theories, Models, & Approaches
- Social & Cultural Diversity
- Issues in Addictions
- Foundational Theories of Marriage & Family
- Group Approaches to Mental Health Counseling
- Assessment Principles & Methods
- Career & Lifestyle Counseling
- Crisis & Trauma-Informed Interventions
- Psychopathology: Diagnosis & Assessment
- Research & Evaluation in Counseling & Therapy
Electives (Choose 3 Courses):
You may take a mix of any three electives or choose an optional concentration or focus of study:
Substance Abuse and Addictions Concentration:
- Integrative Approaches to Addiction Counseling
- Psychopharmacology of Substance Abuse
- Family Counseling Approaches to Addiction
Military Family Focus of Study:
- Military Deployment Cycles
- Military Culture and Language
- Special Issues with Military Families
Trauma Focus of Study:
- Treatment Modalities (Trauma)
- Trauma & Grief
- Advanced Trauma
With a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University, you can turn your passion for helping others into a rewarding career in a growing field. You will prepare for real-world counseling work through instruction from practicing professionals and extensive field experiences.
Your online counseling degree will prepare you for professional opportunities that include
- Community agency work
- Substance abuse and addictions treatment
- Counseling military personnel and their families
- In-patient treatment
- College counseling centers
This growing field presents significant opportunity for career stability and advancement. The number of jobs for clinical mental health counselors is expected to increase by 29 percent1 from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average profession.
Your counseling degree is CACREP accredited and will build your competency in eight core areas:
- Professional orientation and ethical practice
- Social and cultural diversity
- Human growth and development
- Career development
- Helping relationships
- Group work
- Research and program evaluation
You will graduate academically prepared to write national professional exams and apply for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. Post-degree supervised practice is required by most states. Students are advised to check their state licensure board’s requirements before beginning the program. See the National Board for Certified Counselors for information on this process.
Antioch’s requirements for candidates to this program include:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
- International students must live in the U.S. and have a TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the internet-based examination
- Supplementary admissions statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Completion of an admissions interview with a faculty member
There is no application fee to apply to our online program.
|Student Services Fee||$75/semester (This fee includes services related to technology support, library services, the writing center, help desk and live support assistance.)|
|Transcript (1st class mail)||$7.25/each|
|Transcript (overnight UPS)||$27.25/each|
|Late Registration Fee||$50|
|Late Payment Fee||$50|
|Return Check Fee (per check)||$25|
|Replacement Diploma Fee||$20|
Several financial aid options are also available to help you earn your degree. Federal and state grants and federal loans may be available for Antioch students who qualify.
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