USF’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree will give you the training and experience needed to become a culturally-competent licensed professional. You will be prepared to function in a variety of settings — healthcare, residential, private practice, community agency, governmental, forensic, business and industrial — through various field training opportunities.
Our goal is to help you develop the therapeutic skills and hands-on experience that relates to your interests and future career.
The curriculum incorporates the foundational knowledge and practical skills required for every practicing counselor. You will have advanced coursework in the areas of child, marriage and family, and substance use which, along with an internship experience, allows you to specialize in working with that particular population.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take the state licensing exam and to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). USF graduates have a 100% pass rate.
The diversity of the faculty’s expertise makes this program particularly well-rounded. From some professors, I learned the science and foundation; from others, I developed strong counseling skills. Most importantly, they teach students to be themselves, to cultivate and use their strengths in their counseling practice.
Kimberly Loney, M’12
LMHC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Students in our program build extensive experience (and connections!) through the following practicums. Your program director will work with you to find the ideal settings.
Our classes are scheduled in the evenings, so you can balance your work and family obligations.
USF’s commitment to its Franciscan Values is evident in all aspects of its programs and activities. This program teaches outreach and strength-based strategies that serve individuals and communities through a social justice lens. As such, you will build your identity as a counselor who applies ethical principles and professional standards in your practice.
Median pay for and marriage and family therapists per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Median pay for mental health counselors per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
expected job growth for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists by 2026
USF offers a 12-credit School Counselor Licensure Track! This non-degree option is ideal for anyone with a master’s in Psychology or Counseling. Students complete one course (Organization and Administration of School Counseling), complete the Practicum and Internship experiences, and take counseling content courses as needed. Upon completion, they’re prepared to take the state licensing exam.
Throughout your studies, you will be taught and mentored by a team of experts. USF’s Psychology and Counseling faculty are true professionals with extensive credentials and diverse experience in the field.
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