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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS

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Total Hours Required for Degree: 60

McNeese State University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares master’s level graduates to function as counselors within the community in a variety of settings, including private and public agencies. This program offers specialized training in the areas of individual and group counseling and provides the academic training necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Training emphasizes the development of evidence-based assessment of intervention skills.

The student is required to complete 44 hours of core credits (credits shared by the Master of Science in School Counseling program) and 16 credit hours specific to Clinical Mental Health Counseling for a total of 60 credit hours. This is a non-thesis program that includes a practicum and internship. McNeese State University’s Department of Psychology and Counseling has many off-campus practicum and internship sites for students to gain valuable experience while completing the Master of Science degree.

Program Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission  to the William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies, applicants for admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS program must have a minimum score of 285 on the GRE (Quantitative + Verbal).

The above are considered minimum requirements. In addition, students must submit an application to and be interviewed by the Counseling Program Admissions and Retention Committee. If accepted into the program, the student will be admitted to candidacy upon successful completion of 12 hours or the first semester of graduate work. Students are considered to be working on the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling only after being accepted by the committee and being admitted to candidacy.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS program accepts new students only in the fall semester.


Once students begin practicum, they must maintain clinical placement until they complete all remaining degree requirements.

General Notes

  • At least one-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree, excluding credit for thesis, must be at the 600 level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 8 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations  page.

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