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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA

Offered in: CHICAGO

This degree program prepares students for work as professional counselors and to meet the comprehensive mental health needs of diverse clients. The program satisfies academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor and clinical professional counselor in the State of Illinois. The program also meets the academic requirements for national certification in mental health counseling (CCMHC) and for national counselor certification (NCC).


Students are admitted only for the Fall term at the Chicago campus. For priority consideration, the deadline for application is March 1. For regular consideration, the deadline is rolling until two weeks before the start of the Fall semester. Applications for all scholarships and graduate assistantships are also due by the priority deadline of March 1.

At the Schaumburg campus admission is possible in the Fall according to the same deadlines as in Chicago. Spring semester admission is also possible at the Schaumburg campus, on a rolling basis until two weeks before the start of the Spring semester.

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entirety of their undergraduate course work, a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit at the undergraduate level, a personal statement outlining goals and aspirations, and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate academic or work abilities. Interviews are by invitation only, and are required prior to admission.

Decisions will be based on prior academic performance, current academic performance, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and an evaluation of professional skills and dispositions.


Students working toward the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are required to complete 60 semester hours of graduate study. To qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for the school service personnel certificate in school counseling (Type 73), all state and program requirements in effect at the time of application must be met, including all clinical experience requirements and passing scores on the ICTS Basic Skills Test and the ICTS Guidance Test.

All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for certification or the MA degree. Only two grades of C are allowed toward the MA degree.

At the time of admission, faculty advisors review transcripts and evaluate all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed, and any needs, deficiencies, or electives are noted. Each student must confer with his/her assigned advisor before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.

Students are required to complete the following courses:

Core courses

  CHS 400 Foundations in Counseling .....3
  CHS 401 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling .....3
  CHS 406 Fundamentals of Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation .....3
  CHS 411 Social & Cultural Foundations .....3
  CHS 413 Counseling Theory & Practice .....3
  CHS 416 Human Appraisal .....3
  CHS 417 Career & Lifestyle Development .....3
  CHS 421 Theories & Dynamics of Group Counseling .....3
  CHS 457 Human Growth & Development .....3
  CHS 464 Child and Adolescent Counseling .....3

Practicum & internship courses

  CHS 426 Pre-Practicum: Techniques & Intervention .....3
  CHS 427 Practicum: Beginning Clinical Practice .....3
  CHS 599 Internship: Mental Health Counseling .....6

Specialization courses

  CHS 419 Psychopathology: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning .....3
  CHS 420 Family, Marriage, & Relationship Counseling: Theories & Therapeutic Modalities .....3
  CHS 422 Topics in Substance Abuse & Addictive Disorders .....3
  CHS 431 Counseling & Consultation in Mental Health Settings .....3

Clinical experiences and two electives are required of all Clinical Mental Health students. Applications for practicum and internship courses must be submitted one year in advance of placement, and are submitted through the Office of Field Placement.

Electives should be determined in consultation with a faculty advisor. Procedures for Student Performance Reviews, available on the college website, will be followed if students are rejected for clinical placement at least three times due to concerns about academic or interview performance.