Residential or Limited-Residency | Evening Classes | 2 to 2 1/2 years

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

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Become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

60 Credits

2 Learning Models

Meets Most State Licensure Requirements

Introduction to Our Counseling Programs

Hear from the counseling programs director, Dr. Pope, and other faculty members from our school and clinical mental health counseling programs. Learn about our counseling programs, what qualities make a good counselor, and what inspired our counseling faculty to move into counseling initially.

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Program Highlights

Choose to become a licensed mental health counselor! We provide both the theory framework and hands-on training for you to become a licensed counselor.
Our program is designed for you, the working professional. Enroll in our hybrid, limited-residency program that is mainly online. The program includes one night of evening classes per week on our campus in Provo, Utah.
Make an impact on people’s lives. Help individuals deal with issues that affect their mental health, wellbeing, and goals. Help individuals control their personal development, learn to make positive adjustments, build productive vocational skills, and master the dynamics that permeate the human experience.
Utah desperately needs counselors.
In regard to mental health, Utah ranks poorly in the nation for access to care for adults and youth with mental illness. Utah also has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. We need more trained and competent mental health counselors to offer the needed care in our state.
The Counseling Program has two educational model options.

First, our “Residential” model—in this option, courses are offered in a hybrid format. Didactic components are taught asynchronously online; integration and application components are taught on-campus face-to-face.

Second, our “Limited-Residency” model—in this option, didactic components are taught asynchronously online. The integration components are taught synchronously through an online meeting room. Additional integration and application components are covered in three, two-day campus-based residencies throughout the seven-semester program.

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Counseling Program Options

Become a mental health counselor in our 60-credit master’s degree.
Become a school counselor in our 60-credit master’s degree.
Become both a mental health and school counselor in our 72-credit dual master’s degree. Practice school-based mental health.
Do you already have a master’s in counseling? Become a school counselor in our 15-credit certificate program.

Classroom Schedule


Tuesday 6-10pm
Cohort January 2021


Wednesday 6-10pm
Cohort June 29 2020


Monday 6-10pm
Cohort August 2020
  • Any bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university

  • A minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • An undergraduate statistics or research methods course with grade of a C or higher

  • Acceptable test scores from one of the following standardized tests within the last 5 years: GRE, MAT, or PLT. (This criterion is waived for applicants who either have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or hold a conferred master’s degree or higher)

  • Three letters of recommendations (at least 2 from professional references)

  • Successful completion of an interview with Counseling Program Admissions Committee

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Program Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help prepare you to be the best mental health counselor and offer the support your clients or patients need.
Clinical internships and practicum sites provide opportunities for you to apply knowledge in supervised settings, develop your professional identity, and cultivate relationships with other mental health professionals, educators, and counselors.
Prepare to become a counselor. Take courses in research and program evaluation, assessment, and testing. Learn counseling theories and skills, psychodiagnosis, and how to counsel groups compared to individuals. Examine crisis intervention, substance abuse, and addictions. Delve into human growth, development, diversity, and ethics.
Delve into what you need to know to be a mental health counselor. Learn about psychopharmacology and treatment planning; integrate diagnostic, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and best practice guidelines. Learn theories and techniques for counseling families and couples while successfully operating in mental healthcare treatment systems.

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During your practicum and internship, each student receives one hour of weekly supervision from a licensed/certified counselor. You also receive one and a half hours of weekly group supervision from a university professor.
Our program has a list of approved schools and agencies appropriate for experiential learning for counselors. All approved sites have a licensed/certified professional counselor with appropriate training in clinical supervision to supervise each intern. Each site provides an environment appropriate to training that is conducive to confidential counseling, recording, and record-keeping.
The Counseling Program admits new students at different points throughout the year. Admission selections are based on a comprehensive review using all required application materials and information submitted. Admission to the Counseling Program is competitive and reflects a holistic consideration of the full spectrum of the applicant’s qualifications, based on all evidence provided in the application, and viewed in the context of the applicant’s academic and personal circumstances.


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

The nationally recognized accrediting body for counseling programs is the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  In that this program is new, it is NOT accredited by CACREP. However it is designed around the CACREP standards and will apply for accreditation as soon as the program is eligible. Please know this is a declaration of the University’s intentions, not a guarantee of accreditation.

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