Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Application Deadlines

Completed applications for Spring start are due no later than July 1st.

Completed applications for Fall start are due no later than March 1st.




Campbell University School of Education offers a CACREP accredited 60-semester-hour graduate program culminating in a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Upon graduation, students will have satisfied the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Please check your state licensing board’s website for more information about licensure as a LPCA and LPC. (

The CACREP accredited M.A degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to develop skilled clinicians and well-educated leaders in the field of mental health. Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a professional counseling specialty which involves the application of principles of counseling, human development, learning, theory, group dynamics, and the assessment of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior. Clinical Mental Health Counseling includes the practice of prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders for individuals, families, and/or groups and consultation and education for community groups interested in promoting healthy lifestyles in the community. 

Within a caring and challenging environment, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program strives to facilitate the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills which will help prepare graduate students to make appropriate contributions to diverse clients, institutions, and society. 

Campbell University School of Education and Counseling Programs offer a supportive community for learning. We’re dedicated to promoting Christian values in an environment of intellectual curiosity. We care about nurturing the whole person and encouraging lifelong learning.

View Student Data and Outcomes for information about counseling students, including admissions and enrollment data, graduation, and PRAXIS and NCE exam outcomes. In addition, please see this link for the most recent Campbell 2019-2020 Annual Report


Clinical Mental Health Masters of Arts degree program

General Objectives

  • The clinical mental health counseling student at the master’s degree level
  • Studies a common core of knowledge in the areas of behavioral sciences, counseling theories and techniques, ethics, assessment diagnosis and research methods.
  • Works to attain growth toward personal-social goals.
  • Develops specific competencies that will aid in carrying out his/her various roles as counselor, coordinator, and consultant.
  • Refines those personal qualities that are basic for effective counseling.

Specific Objectives

The clinical mental health counseling student at the master’s degree level

  • Develops the competencies needed to organize, administer, and supervise a guidance and counseling program.
  • Learns to apply group, individual, and vocational counseling techniques.
  • Develops knowledge of career information sources for educational, vocational, and personal-social counseling.
  • Studies methods of client assessment diagnosis including the use of standardized tests.
  • Studies methods of consultation and learns to apply the principles involved.
  • Develops the ability to engage in client referral, placement, and follow-up activities.
  • Develops understanding of abnormal behaviors and the social-cultural systems which contribute to the development of such dysfunctions

Special Characteristics and Accreditation

Currently, all graduates have a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) and our scores are above CACREP and non-CACREP University National Averages.

Campbell University’s Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is well received in central and eastern North Carolina having graduated many students who become licensed professional counselors over the past thirty years. Most graduates have remained in the area, therefore many private and public agencies are served by substantial numbers of Campbell graduates. 

Course of Study

Students enrolled in full-time studies can expect to complete the program in three years. Students in the clinical mental health program must take courses during the fall, spring and summer sessions in order to complete the program.  Courses are offered in the evenings with students typically registering for two courses per semester.  Please note that the start date for the program is Second Summer Session of the first year. 

Candidates for the CACREP accredited Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete the following courses (60 semester hours). This program is not designed to allow students to meet North Carolina School Counselor licensure requirements. This will allow students to be eligible to become licensed clinical mental health counselors (LCMHC) in North Carolina.

Schema Sheet


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Handbook


For information about the CACREP accredited M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling please contact Dr. Theresa Coogan at