Clinical Mental Health Counseling

With a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you will be prepared to function as a licensed mental health counselor in healthcare, residential, private practice, community agency, governmental, business and industrial settings. As part of the requirements for this graduate degree, you will receive field training in a practicum of your choice. The goal is to help you develop skills and experience that directly relate to your interests and future career. The evening class schedule allows you the flexibility to continue working while completing your degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and where appropriate one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to seek a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program. One could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation.
  • Demonstration of proficiency regarding academic performance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • Undergraduate coursework should include a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses would include introduction to psychology, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience).
  • Indication of sufficient emotional maturity and stability to complete the rigors of graduate study as well as maintain ethical practice regarding counselee welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a counseling professional.
  •  Presentation of willingness to develop a non-judgmental attitude and awareness of need to refer counselees who are outside the applicant’s range of competence.
  • Candidates will have an interview with the Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete an application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application).
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    • Must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended.
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only).
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of your professional goals, including why you wish to become a licensed counselor. You could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation. Submit to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one professional and one academic reference. Must be submitted using our department form.
  • After the Office of Admissions has received the above-listed materials, you will be required to interview with the Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.