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Psychology & Counseling

Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

MC’s Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to become licensed counselors in Mississippi.

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) Degree

Mississippi College’s Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling offers students the theoretical frameworks and clinical skills needed to plan and implement treatments for individuals living with mental health symptoms. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), this mental health counseling degree prepares students to apply for licensure and become a counselor in the state of Mississippi.

Program Overview

Through 60 semester hours of classroom and clinical work, this Master’s in Mental Health Counseling helps students acquire the core competencies, specialized knowledge and skills necessary to become effective mental health professionals. Compared to other behavioral health approaches, mental health counselors utilize the biopsychosocial model and focus on guiding patients through the treatment process for improved mental health.

With their mental health counseling degree, graduates are well-prepared to obtain National Counseling Certification and/or take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). To become a counselor in Mississippi, they must have a master’s degree in counseling, have finished their supervised hours and passed the NCE and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

Whatever path to professional certification that they pursue, our counseling students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice in a variety of behavioral healthcare settings, including private practice, hospitals and agencies, and even pursue a doctoral degree later in their career.

In addition to our M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Mississippi College also offers a M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling and an M.Ed. in School Counseling.

Coursework and Clinical Training

Our CACREP-accredited degree in mental health counseling incorporates training in the theories, models and techniques of professional mental health treatment and management. Our master’s program prioritizes specialized preparation to work with adults and children, address the concerns of their families and collaborate with other members of the behavioral healthcare team. Specifically, the coursework of the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling addresses individual and group counseling theories and skills, lifestyle and crisis counseling, assessment and treatment planning, in addition to psychopathology and case conceptualization. All training is provided within an ethical and multicultural framework.

At Mississippi College, all of our counseling programs emphasize the importance of experiential training through the incorporation of simulations and role play into the coursework. In addition, students complete two clinical internships to build a solid foundation in behavioral health treatment as well as pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.


Our master’s program in Mental Health Counseling wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement and interest in the counseling profession. Applicants must have a GPA above 3.0 in their prior undergraduate work from an accredited college or university and meet the general admissions requirements for becoming a Mississippi College graduate student. 

While prospective students may apply year-round, application deadlines for the upcoming semesters are:

  • June 1 for Fall Semester
  • October 1 for Spring Semester
  • February 1 for Summer Session

Consult the detailed admissions requirements for further information on applying to our M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. 

Earn a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Degree at Mississippi College

Mississippi College offers a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling degree that prepares students to become counselors in the state of Mississippi. Through experiential training and clinical internships, our graduates are equipped to enter this rewarding profession helping people cope with their mental health conditions.

To learn more about joining our M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program, request information.

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