Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The upcoming application deadline is April 1st for the CMHC program. Start your application today!
People in this world are emotionally hurting. Fortunately, there are those who feel called to help them. At Northwest University, we can transform your desire to help others into a meaningful and effective career.
Our graduate counseling programs are rigorous and comprehensive. They combine lecture, discussion, research, and internships with a multicultural focus, uniquely preparing you to serve individuals with widely different backgrounds and needs. You’ll learn from skilled practitioners who have deep academic and real-world experience.
While demanding, the counseling programs at Northwest University are designed for flexibility, meeting at night and on weekends. So contact us for more information. Much like you, we’re here to help.
Program Quick Facts
- Next start: August 27, 2024
- 60 credits
- $846 per credit
- $50,760 total program tuition (2024–25)
- 24 months
- Evening classes 6–10pm, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Fully accredited university
The master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Northwest University was developed to be aligned with the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We are currently in the application process for initial accreditation with CACREP. View the latest CMHC Annual Report.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program strives to equip individuals, through a distinct Christian Worldview, for service in the mental health field as licensed professional counselors working with diverse populations using evidenced-based practices and to be a catalyst in the integration of counseling, culture, and social justice through spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.
Licensable Degree for the State of Washington
Our graduate counseling program meets the requirements for licensure in Washington State. Graduate knowing that you can become a fully licensed counselor. Licensure information for other states is also available.
Why Choose Our Counseling Program?
Strong Job Growth
Jobs in counseling are projected to grow by 25% over the next several years, (source).
Accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Our regionally accredited university represents the gold standard. You’ll strengthen your professional credibility and graduate knowing that your degree is widely recognized and deeply respected.
Learn to Treat the Whole Person
We teach you how to engage your clientele from a holistic approach: biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and culturally. The result is even greater effectiveness as a counselor.
Unique Multicultural Focus
Our programs are presented in the context of a multicultural and globalizing world. You will learn how to apply the latest counseling methods to a wide variety of clients.
Integrate Faith with Learning
Our programs are taught within the framework of a Christian worldview. Students are challenged to incorporate their understanding of faith with academic theory and applied skills.
Our professors draw from their academic studies and real-world professional experiences to provide students with the tools and skills they’ll need to be successful in counseling.
Learn Within a Diverse Cohort
Learn with other students who share your interests and your goals. It’s a supportive environment of peers who will encourage you, challenge you, and become a fundamental part of your professional network once you graduate.
Hear From a Professor
Hear Directly From Students
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program students will achieve competence in the following areas:
Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
- Develop comprehensive understanding of the identity of the professional counselor including history, roles, advocacy, credentialing, and ethical practice in a variety of private, interorganizational, and interdisciplinary settings.
Sociocultural Diversity and Social Justice
- Demonstrate culturally competent socially aware counseling skills through the integration of scholarly research, application of multicultural counseling theories, and the examination of the concepts of social justice and privilege.
- Integrate knowledge of biological, cognitive, emotional, personality, and social development across the lifespan into the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of mental health issues.
Counseling Theories, Skills, and Helping Relationships
- Incorporate knowledge of counseling skills, case conceptualization, suicide prevention, and treatment planning into counseling practice in both in-person and technology assisted settings for general populations and those in crisis.
- Integrate theories and research of career development, assessment, and planning into the practice of career guidance for diverse people groups in a wide range of vocational fields.
- Apply group counseling theory in the creation, recruitment, and facilitation of culturally relevant groups.
- Utilize differential diagnostic processes and systems.
Assessment and Testing
- Apply basic statistical concepts, principles of test design and selection, interpretation of psychological reports, and demonstrate ability to select appropriate assessments relevant to education, employment, and personal situations.
Research and Program Evaluation
- Evaluate counseling interventions and counselor education programs and develop outcome measures by utilizing knowledge of the principles of statistics, research methods and design, and current models of evidence-based practices.
See What Our Graduates Are Doing Today
While classes are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6pm–10pm) and on some weekends, this program is academically rigorous and requires considerable time outside the classroom devoted to assignments. Each applicant should carefully consider if he or she can successfully complete this program with his or her lifestyle and commitments.
Today my work has real meaning. I love what I do. It’s amazing to watch couples come in with little hope and leave with a stronger marriage than they’ve ever had before.