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Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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BW's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a full-time cohort program, allowing students to earn a degree in 24 months.

BW's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program

The master’s in clinical mental health counseling prepares students to become licensed professional counselors (LPC), helping clients to improve their mental health and well-being.

While in the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program, students will develop the necessary skills to become ethical, competent and successful professional counselors. Our CMHC faculty are experienced counselors, which they infuse into their teaching to create meaningful, application-oriented learning experiences. Students will be equipped to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to thrive as a mental health counselor.

The BW Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has received approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Why Choose BW’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program?

The clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program offers in-person, hands-on experience and small class sizes, allowing students to work closely with our experienced faculty.

Accelerated Program

The CMHC is 24-month full-time cohort program.

Fixed Class Schedule

In-person classes are 1.5 days each week on BW's campus, so students can plan around a predictable course schedule.

In-Person, Hands-On Learning Experiences 

Counseling students learn best through small in-person classroom environments that are active, experiential and application-oriented. BW’s faculty prioritize being accessible to students and provide feedback and instruction to help students grow.

Faculty Who Are Practitioners

The CMHC faculty bring years of counseling experience from a variety of mental health settings into the classroom. Through role-play exercises, relevant clinical examples and experiential activities, students will discover how the topics they’re learning about in class will be applicable as a professional counselor.

BW counseling faculty member speaking to class

Stay Connected

Our emphasis on community engagement and alumni relations offers counseling students and alumni opportunities for support, career networking and professional opportunities.

Careers in Counseling

With increased advocacy, awareness and support for mental health services in recent years, there are many counseling career opportunities for graduates.

Upon graduation from the CMHC program and after obtaining the necessary licenses and certifications, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) can work with clients in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private Practice
  • Veterans Affairs
  • College Counseling Centers
  • College Admissions
  • Hospital Mental Health Settings
  • Community Mental Health Agencies
  • Non-Profit Agencies

CMHC Curriculum

Clinical mental health counseling courses are taught primarily in-person on BW’s campus in Berea 1.5 days per week.

Students will learn through a combination of small group discussions and activities, classroom role plays, working with clients, clinical examples and case studies, and lectures. The CMHC program is 60 credit hours through required and elective courses, as well as practicum and internship hours. 

Students must also pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) to graduate from the CMHC program. Students are expected to take this exam during Internship I.

Note: A degree plan is included under Important Student Documents that outlines the schedule of course offerings.

View required courses and descriptions in the University catalog.

91ߣƵ for the CMHC Program

The CMHC program enrolls a new cohort each August. Candidates from all academic areas are welcome to apply and must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university before enrollment. To be considered for the CMHC program, strong candidates will have a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with members of the admission committee.

To be evaluated for admission, candidates must submit:

  • Online application (No application fee)
  • Official University transcripts
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Essay/statement of purpose

Tuition & Financial Aid Information

  • $785 per credit hour.
  •  The program is 60 credit hours.
  •  BW alumni who enroll in this program are eligible for the BW Graduate Alumni Award.

State-Funded Scholarship

BW’s clinical mental health counseling program has been awarded $230,000 through the State of Ohio’s Behavioral Health Workforce Expansion Program. Every student in the fall 2024 cohort will receive approximately $14,000 toward their tuition.

Scholarships Through Choose Ohio First STEM Healthcare Scholars Program

The BW Choose Ohio First STEM Healthcare Scholars program is open to any Ohio resident entering 91ߣƵ as a graduate student in one of our healthcare programs. Students are eligible to apply for the Choose Ohio First scholarship, which awards substantial annual, renewable financial support.


CMHC Faculty and Admission Contacts

BW’s CMHC faculty members are professional counselors who have earned their doctoral degrees from CACREP-accredited doctoral programs. Our faculty remain active in research and scholarship, as well as local, regional and national counseling organizations.

Faculty Contacts

Dr. Erin West, LPCC
Department Chair
Associate Professor
(440) 826-2166, ewest@bw.edu 

Dr. Randy Moate, LPCC
CMHC Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
(440) 826-2166, rmoate@bw.edu 

Admission Contact

Kate Glaser
Director of Admission, Graduate and Professional Studies
(440) 826-8016, kglaser@bw.edu 

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