Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

About the Degree

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program provides graduate-level training in the art and science of mental health in order to produce Professional Counselors/Professional Clinical Counselors who effectively enhance the lives of individuals, groups, and communities. The degree leads to professional identity founded on a holistic perspective, knowledge about bio-psycho-social causes of distress, and social/occupational impairments, skills related to human development as well as the treatment of psychopathology and competence in advocacy and outreach.

Students will study development of a human growth/wellness approach to life development, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, counseling culturally diverse populations, legal and ethical foundations for effective counseling, real-world pre-professional training through an in-house training clinic and wide diversity of internship placements.

Salary and Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (2010) report projecting "much faster than average job growth" in the mental health counseling profession through 2020 (37% increase, versus 14% increase for all jobs). Job growth in Ohio is expected to parallel this national trend. Mental health counselor was recently ranked 33 among the best jobs in America by Money Magazine.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ reports and Northeast Ohio salary ranges, the profession averages approximately $35,000-$40,000 for graduates, with career advancements and salary increases likely within three years after initial licensure (when an independent license is obtained).

6 month post-graduation employment rate is approximately 85%. Approximately 90% of graduates are employed at community mental health agencies, including Greenleaf Family Center, Portage Path Behavioral Health, Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare, Community Health Center. Approximately 10% of graduates work for private practices, employee assistance programs or hospitals.

Why Akron?

  • CACREP accreditation since 1985 (a founding CACREP-accredited program).  (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under CACREP 2001 standards as a community counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the community counseling and mental health counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation approximately 2016.)
  • International recognition, including over 23 student/program counseling awards since 1985 (one of the most internationally awarded chapters of Chi Sigma Iota– counseling honor society).
  • An average pass rate of 97% on the state Professional Counselor licensure examination (i.e., National Counselor Exam) during the most recent state-wide administration (compared to a 79% national pass rate).
  • Clinical training at the renowned Clinic for Individual & Family Counseling.
  • A high internship placement and post-graduation employment rate (85%) compared to similar programs in Northeast Ohio.
  • A diverse student population (active recruitment of students from differing ethnicities, ages, lifestyles, physical exceptionalities, genders, and nationalities).
  • A unique academic focus on diversity, advocacy, and social justice work.
  • Faculty diversity, including professional counselors, counseling psychologists, school psychologists, marriage/family therapists.

Contact Information

            Program Coordinator:            Dr. Robert C. Schwartz

                                                            Chima Family Building, Room 104           


                                                           (330) 972-8155

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664