Master of Science
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
College of Education and Health Professions
Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
The M.S. program is designed to prepare persons to function as counselors in a variety of community settings including, but not limited to, mental health centers, community agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers, corrections or other helping or human service oriented programs.
A number of counseling courses are moving to an online format. Most courses, however, require an in-class experience.
- An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
- A 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA (2.5 provisional)
- A minimum score of 800 on the GRE with a minimum score of 3.5 on the writing assessment (700 provisional)
- CSU and departmental applications
Candidates for the program must complete departmental screening that includes an interview process. Departmental screening will be conducted after potential candidates have applied for admission to Columbus State University. Contact the Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership for additional information.
- Knowledge of the role and functions of the professional counselor.
- Knowledge of counseling theories and change strategies.
- Skills in the competency areas of planning and evaluation, individual counseling, small group facilitation, appraisal, consultation, and referral.
- Knowledge in the areas of social foundations, cultural issues, life span issues, and variables in the individual context which affect the counseling process.
- Competency in interpersonal relationships, communication and problem solving.
- Expertise in working individually with clients on educational, vocational, social, emotional, or personal problems.
- The ability to consult with other professionals and administrators concerning the client's developmental needs.
- Skills in administering psychological assessment programs, including the interpretation of test results.
- The ability to conduct research.
Additional Program Requirements
Students should meet with their advisors to determine the most appropriate sequence of courses in their program of study. The culminating 700-hour clinical experience is considered the most important aspect of this program. The application process for practicum and internship includes prerequisite course work and pre-registration. Due to the intensity of the internship experience, six (6) credit hours is considered a full-time load when students are enrolled in internship. Students wishing to exceed this limit must first obtain permission from the department.
Program Of Study
Area 1 Professional Core Required Hours: 9
COUN 6115 Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUN 6225 Counseling Skills 1
COUN 6110 Research Methods and Design in Counseling
Area 2 Concentration Required Hours: 45
COUN 6000 Portfolio/Exit Exam
COUN 6105 Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse
COUN 6117 Diagnosis in Counseling
COUN 6118 Career Development
COUN 6119 Human Growth and Development
COUN 6155 Counseling Theory
COUN 6175 Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
COUN 6245 Individual Analysis
COUN 6265 Group Techniques and Procedures
COUN 6405 Applied Practice in Community Counseling
COUN 6698 Internship in Community Counseling
COUN 6785 Seminar in Community Counseling
COUN 7165 Counseling Children
COUN 7215 Family Therapy Process and Practice
COUN 7225 Crisis Intervention
Area 3 Electives Required Hours: 6
Select six semester hours from the following:
COUN 6185 Gender Issues in Counseling
COUN 6255 Play Therapy
COUN 6555 Selected Topics in Counseling
COUN 6899 Independent Study
COUN 7185 Family Psychopathology
COUN 7275 Adv Tech in Marr/Family Therapy
COUN 7285 Marriage and Family Assessment
COUN 7286 Marriage Systems Theory/Therapy