Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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.


Admission Requirements

  • Department of Counseling application supplement form
  • Three letters of recommendation (departmental reference form)
  • Interview will be required for all applicants who meet admission criteria

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Application Deadline

Applications to the master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. For applicants who have complete application materials on file and who are selected for an interview, admission interviews usually begin in January for the Fall admission cohort, and September for the Spring admission cohort. New admits will not be accepted once the program reaches cohort capacity.


Additional Information

It is expected that graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program will have gained: (1) a professional identity founded on human growth/wellness from a holistic perspective, (2) knowledge about bio-psycho-social causes of client distress and social/occupational impairments, (3) skills related to the enhancement of human development as well as the treatment of psychopathology, and (4) confidence/competence related to improving one’s community through individual, group, and societal advocacy and outreach.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

Financial Assistance

Information about scholarships and grants for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens) can be found through the Financial Aid Office. International applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs. The Department of Counseling has a limited number of graduate assistantships, but because these are often research and/or teaching assistantships, they are usually reserved for doctoral program applicants. Other departments and programs at The University of Akron award assistantships of their own, and students are encouraged to complete a graduate assistantship application if interested in this possibility.