Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Get qualified for a wide range of licensed counseling careers

The University of New Haven’s online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you to advance your career as a Licensed Professional Counselor or National Certified Counselor. The curriculum includes 700 hours of supervised clinical training in your community, as well as 100% online coursework. You can study at your own pace and finish your degree in as little as 2.5 years.

This low-residency program aligns with state of Connecticut and CACREP standards for licensed counseling professionals. You can choose an optional concentration in forensic mental health to specialize your degree for your chosen career path.

As a student at the University of New Haven, you will learn from expert faculty who are conducting real-world research and actively practicing in the field. Graduates of this program have the essential interpersonal skills and core competencies they need to be effective, ethical counselors in a variety of practice settings.

Concentration Option

Forensic Mental Health

The forensic mental health concentration prepares students for counseling specifically focused on offenders or victims in forensic settings. You will learn how criminal justice relates to psychology through coursework in forensic assessment, abnormal psychology, law, and more.

Potential Careers for Graduates

Career2023 Median Annual Wage
Behavioral Therapist$54,990
Community Health Worker$42,685
Forensic Psychologist$76,423
Health Educator$50,485
Marriage and Family Therapist$58,660
Mental Health Clinician$54,024
Mental Health Counselor$49,241
School Counselor$54,990
Social or Community Service Manager$63,959
Substance Abuse Counselor$44,807

Career and salary data retrieved Sept. 28, 2023, from

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About the University of New Haven

The University of New Haven is a private, nonsectarian, independent university that has been recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report for academic excellence. Located between New York City and Boston in the shoreline city of West Haven, the University is a diverse and vibrant community of students from across the globe.

The University has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education since 1948 and is chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.