Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Total Credits 
60 credits
Weekend On-Campus (Buffalo/Rochester)
Core Program Duration 
2 years
About the Program 

Medaille’s on-campus or online Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in principles of mental health counseling at the graduate level. The program, which is available in both on-campus and online formats, meets the New York State Office of Professions education requirements for licensure as a licensed mental health counselor.

What can you do with this degree?
Alumni of Medaille’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, in Rochester, Buffalo or online, have gone on to careers as
What can you do with this degree? 
Mental Health Clinic Counselors
Drug and Alcohol Program Clinicians
Hospital/Psychiatric Center Therapists
College and University Counselors
Private Practice Therapists

Program Format 
On Campus


Fixed sequence of 14 on-campus weekend classes plus 3 online classes

Classes meet one weekend each month (Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9-3 p.m.)

Three semesters of supervised internship

Start in fall or spring



Fixed sequence of 17 seven-week classes

Online program has no scheduled class times — while there are weekly due dates, you can complete your coursework on a schedule that works best for you

Three semesters of practicum and internship

Start in fall or spring

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Mission Statement

“The mission of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at Medaille College is to provide students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of mental health counseling at a graduate level; provide students with an understanding of the tools of counseling that are suitable for building careers in private and public mental health agencies; provide students with advanced research-based knowledge in the area of group and individual counseling, counseling techniques and testing and diagnosis; provide students with a full understanding of the professional and ethical issues relevant to mental health counseling and consultation; provide students with detailed knowledge of multicultural and career issues in counseling; and most importantly to provide students a clear professional identity as a future counselor.”


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Objectives

The program objectives for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree are:

  1. Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
    Value all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethical standards, legalities, advocacy, and credentialing.
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
    Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
  3. Human Growth and Development
    Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
  4. Career Development
    Apply core theory and research of career development, the psychology of work, and related factors in career planning and decision-making.
  5. Helping Relationships
    Deliver ethical and effective counseling and consultation services consistent with professional research and practice across a range of settings in a multicultural society.
  6. Group Work
    Apply methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society using theories of group counseling, principles of group dynamics, facilitation styles, and direct experiences.
  7. Addresses Assessment
    Analyze principles of testing and measurement, and incorporate social, ethical, and cultural factors in both individual and group methods of assessment and evaluation.
  8. Research and Program Evaluation
    Apply research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation to inform ethical and culturally relevant evidence-based practice and to advance the counseling profession.
  9. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Areas
    Students understand the theories and models of clinical mental health counseling and are able to effectively use client case conceptualizations to assess, diagnose, and identify and apply appropriate treatment modalities to a wide range of client situations.
  10. Professional Dispositions
    Students demonstrate the interpersonal capacity to relate to others in the appropriate and professional manner as expected of professional counselors.


A State-of-the-Art Training Experience

The Medaille Family Counseling Center serves as a counselor-in-training facility for students enrolled in Medaille College’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This unique collaboration between BestSelf Behavioral Health and Medaille is a fully licensed BestSelf mental health outpatient treatment location offering families and individuals evidence-based mental health therapy. The state-of-the-art facility affords graduate level students an in-depth, first-hand learning experience that is unparalleled in Western New York.


At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000)
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  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Financial aid and scholarships available


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Buffalo campus: (716) 880-2568

Rochester campus: (585) 272-0030





Call: (716) 217-4191

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