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Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Program Overview

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to seek licensure as a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa.  It gives students the expertise needed to work in a variety of settings, including agencies, group practices, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and employee assistance programs.  The 60-credit hour program can be completed in as little as two and a half years.

This program is accreditated by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Requirements

Course Credits
Core Courses  
COUN 200 - Introduction to the Counseling Profession 3
COUN 201 - Counseling Research 3
COUN 215 - Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Counseling 3
COUN 220 - Career Development and Occupational Information 3
COUN 221 - Methods and Procedures of Counseling 3
COUN 224 - Assessment of Families and Individuals 3
COUN 225 - Human Development and Life Issues 3
COUN 228 - Psychopathology and Psychiatric Disorders 3
COUN 236 - Group Procedures 3
COUN 240 - Theoretical Foundations of Family Counseling 3
COUN 245 - Counseling Diverse Populations 3
COUN 260 - Counseling Practicum 3
COUN 270 - Advanced Practicum 3
Clinical Mental Health Specialization Courses  
COUN 291 - Mental Health Counseling Internship 1-9
COUN 298 - Ethics in Counseling 1-3
Electives 12


  • Applications for this program are accepted for fall and spring start terms, with the following deadlines. All materials must be postmarked by the identified dates: 
    • Spring start-term: September 1
    • Fall start-term: February 15
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
Counseling Admission Requirements

This program has indicated specific essay requirements. This essay replaces the general admission essay required for other programs.

The paper should be a 5-page, double spaced statement of interest in the counseling profession.  It should include the following information:

  • Educational and professional background
  • Career aspirations with a counseling degree
  • Experience working with people who are different from you
  • Personal characteristics that will allow you to be a successful graduate student

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