College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree (Online)

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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Online is a three-year post-bachelor’s online program designed to meet state licensure requirements for professional clinical mental health counselors in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California.

Our online mental health counseling degree combines academic curriculum, two required on-campus residency experiences, and clinical training experiences. It is a robust academic experience that teaches you how to engage your clientele from a holistic approach: biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and culturally.

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Highest Accreditation

Not all online programs are accredited—something you never have to worry about at NU.


Exceptional Education

80+ years of experience and knowledge went into creating our online courses.


Faith Integration

Every course includes a component that helps you relate the subject to your faith.


Faculty Who Care

Our instructors are experts who love students and bring out their very best.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

January 31st Priority Application Deadline
April 1st Main Application Deadline

Spring Start

August 31st Priority Application Deadline
November 1st Main Application Deadline

After those deadlines, completed applications will be reviewed and accepted applicants admitted as space allows.

A Word from Dr. Robert Campbell

I think the most rewarding part of our mental health degree program is the residency experience. This opportunity allows students to gain the hands-on experience necessary and to know how to apply the skills needed to do the work of counseling. It also allows students and faculty to become more deeply acquainted and for students to learn from each other.

Robert Campbell, Psy.D., Assistant Professor and CMHC Program Director, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Why Choose an Online Master Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwest University?

  • Obtain a degree from a university with the highest institutional accreditation possible.
  • Take a step toward practicing as a licensed counseling professional.
  • Have both the flexibility of an online program and the support of a blended program—one that has periodic face-to-face interaction with faculty and fellow students.
  • Incorporate your faith experience with academic learning and applied skills.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of cultural context, enabling yourself to serve a broad range of clientele.
  • Gain the opportunity to shift your career into the counseling field from other disciplines.

Online or On-campus

Choose between an online learning experience, or the on-campus Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling consisting of evening/weekend classes in Kirkland, Washington.

Courses for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

We have over 80 years of experience in creating and teaching curriculum. We've invested that experience into every one of the 60 credits that make up our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.

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CodeCourse TitleCredits
COUN 5053Marriage and Family Therapy(3)
COUN 5153Research Methods and Program Evaluation(3)
COUN 5173Crisis Counseling and Abuse(3)
COUN 5303Group Counseling(3)
COUN 5343Biological Bases of Psychopharmacology(3)
COUN 5403Psychotherapeutic Systems(3)
COUN 5453Psychopathology and Diagnosis(3)
COUN 5503Multicultural Issues in Counseling(3)
COUN 5943Counseling Skills(3)
COUN 5953Helping Relationships(3)
COUN 5963Practicum: Field Experience(3)
COUN 6143Human Sexuality and Relationships(3)
COUN 6363Career Counseling(3)
COUN 6393Assessment and Appraisal(3)
COUN 6453Advanced Counseling Theories(3)
COUN 6603Human Growth and Development(3)
COUN 6763Substance Abuse Counseling(3)
COUN 6942Internship I(2)
COUN 6952Internship II(2)
COUN 6962Internship III(2)
Law and Ethics: (Select one of the following)
COUN 5553Professional Orientation Law and Ethics(3)
COUN 5663California Law and Ethics(3)

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Next Steps

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