The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health program has been fully approved by the Higher Learning Commission. However, the program is currently under review for approval by the State of Ohio Department of Higher Education. This degree is not currently offered by Marietta College. The anticipated offering date for this degree is the Fall term of 2019. This means that applications for admission to this program are pending until program approval is granted by these entities. For the meantime, applicants may enroll in related courses as non-degree seeking students.


Program Mission

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Marietta College aims to prepare students to be effective, ethical, and professional clinical mental health counselors through the promotion of personal growth and academic excellence. The program curriculum emphasizes both scholarly rigor and experiential learning as the means to produce culturally competent, skillful counselors for work in mental health agencies and for service and leadership in the Counseling profession.

Program features

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio (12:1)
  • Practicum and internship experiences
  • Graduate Assistantship opportunities
  • Student leadership and service opportunities

What Can I do with this degree?

Graduates of this program are eligible to pursue licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPC) and a licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC). Employment for graduates with this degree is commonly found in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, hospitals and clinical environments, career centers, colleges and universities, and private practice; providing and coordinating counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups of people struggling with mental emotional disorders, substance abuse and personal, family, and social difficulties.

Masters of the Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

The curriculum for the Masters of the Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to accommodate students who are entering the MA program immediately following an undergraduate degree, as well as those students who are doing so to enhance or change their career trajectory. Courses are scheduled to meet in the evenings with each course meeting only one night a week. Each semester will include one course which will meet online. Courses scheduled during the summer will meet online at an accelerated pace. This schedule of courses will allow for students to earn their degree in as little as 22 months.

We use the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) as the comprehensive exam for the program. The CPCE is designed to assess counseling students’ knowledge of counseling information and is used by more than 270 universities and colleges.

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Apply for MA in CMHC

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Marietta College welcomes students and professionals from all academic backgrounds. Successful applicants to the CMHC program at Marietta College will complete an application form, provide copies of all undergraduate transcripts, showing a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Those students who do not meet this minimum GPA requirement will be required to submit suitable GRE scores. Applicants who already hold a graduate degree will not be required to take the GRE. Applicants will also be required to submit recommendation forms completed by 3 professional references and be subject to an admissions interview. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Names and email addresses for 3 professional or academic references
  2. Essay addressing the applicant’s interest and motivation in becoming a Counselor 
  3. Completion of bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale 
  4. All undergraduate transcripts showing degree and ANY graduate course work (Official copies required upon conditional admission)
  5. Official GRE scores if GPA is below 3.0
  6. Completed Application

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty also require an interview for all students seeking admission into the program. This interview provides you an opportunity to discuss educational and career goals. When we have received all of your application materials, you will be and given instructions on whom to contact for the interview.

Admission Forms

CMHC Application (PDF)
CMHC Application Reference Form (PDF)


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