Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Thank you for your interest in our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Counseling Program will not be accepting applications for our program for a start in the fall 2021 academic year. Program faculty are actively working to re-craft the program. We believe the new ideas we’re considering for content and delivery of classes will better accommodate and provide for the development of students as they pursue their professional aspirations. We hope that you will consider applying for the fall 2022 school year.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling should be able to do the following:

  • assess community needs, design, implement and evaluate mental health programs and systems–Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
  • describe the ethical and legal considerations that govern the practice of mental health counseling–Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
  • provide accurate assessment, diagnosis (where appropriate) and treatment planning for a diverse client population–Mental Health Counseling Emphasis.

Additional Information

The Counseling Program at Eastern Washington University is committed to the selection, training, supervision, and professional success of counseling students, in keeping with the high standards established by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As a regional teaching university, EWU has a proud history of providing education to a high percentage of first-generation college students, often from under-represented and lower socioeconomic communities, a tradition which the Counseling program maintains. Thus, counselor training occurs in a learning community that is intentionally focused on both skills development and personal growth of the counselor-in-training. In this way, Counseling fulfills its purpose of preparing competent and caring professional counselors to meet the needs of diverse urban and rural communities.

The program is both extensive and comprehensive. It is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and fulfills Washington State academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). In addition, graduates can complete the National Board of Certified Counselor Exam and are eligible for National Counselor Certification.

YearNumber of GraduatesCompletion Rate*NCE Pass Rate **Placement Rate ***
20207100%100%100%
20197100%100%85%
2018888%100%88%
20171181%100%81%
20161091%100%80%
20157100%100%100%

*Percent of students who graduated within the expected time frame
**for students seeking job placement
***National Counselor Exam or the WA state licensure exam

Each of our students gets hands-on experience during the program. Many students serve in local/area agencies. For information about field experience and internships, visit our Field Experience page.