M.A. in Mental Health Counseling

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Rowan University is highly valued by candidates that wish to fulfill the educational requirements necessary to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as those seeking research positions, those planning to pursue a doctoral degree, those interested in teaching, those seeking human service positions in a variety of settings and more.

We strongly recommend that all students interested in pursuing licensure in NJ become familiar with the NJ state regulations and keep abreast of any relevant changes to these regulations. Please see the Professional Counselor Examiners Committee webpage for additional information: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/proc/index.htm. Opens in new window


Program Code: MA- MNTHLTH / Major Code: G824
The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit hour program that was designed to fulfill the educational requirements outlined in the Professional Counselor Examiners Committee Laws (see pg. 5). In addition to the course work, students are required to complete/defend an original research project (i.e., a Masters Thesis) and complete a minimum of 600 hours of supervised practicum experience at an approved placement site.

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 60 Semester Hours (s.h.)
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 60)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Required Courses: 57 s.h.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
PSY 09595 Introduction to Counseling: Development of Basic Skills 3
PSY 01623 Psychopathology I: Diagnosis and Epidemiology 3
PSY 01624 Psychopathology II: Conceptualization and Etiology 3
PSY 01564 Counseling Theory and Techniques I 3
PSY 01566 Counseling Theory and Techniques II 3
PSY 06625 Assessment I: Psychometrics, Evaluation, & Treatment Planning 3
PSY 06626 Assessment II: Assessment of Career/Vocational Interests, Treatments,& Programs 3
PSY 01572 Research Methods and Statistics in Counseling Psychology I: Basics 3
PSY 01574 Research Methods and Statistics in Counseling Psychology II: Applied 3
PSY 01612 Group Counseling 3
PSY 05610 Social and Cultural Diversity 3
PSY 09560 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 10610 Psychopharmacology and Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 01620 Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology 3
PSY 01615 Professional Pro-seminar 1
PSY 01650 Practicum in Counseling 8
PSY 01685 Masters Thesis I 3
PSY 01687 Masters Thesis II 3

Elective Courses: 3 s.h.
Approved psychology elective

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
    • Applicants should include a statement on the professional resume that verifies evidence of applied skills including research proficiency and work experience within a mental health setting (e.g., field experience, volunteer work, employment).
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE Test Scores is optional, but highly recommended.
  • CGCE Foundation Course Completion Form (pdf)
    • Applicants must have successfully completed at least 12 credits of undergraduate-level Psychology courses at an accredited institution, including one course in Abnormal Psychology, and one course in Statistics and Research Methods.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 02/15/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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