The MA in mental health counseling at IUPUC will provide you with generalist training emphasizing developmental, preventative, and strength-based approaches. As a graduate, you may seek work in community or social service agencies, like mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, domestic violence shelters, women’s centers, or rehabilitation programs for those who are incarcerated. You may also work with clients in private clinics, hospitals, or rehabilitation facilities. You are eligible to apply for state licensure in mental health counseling.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition is based on Indiana University graduate tuition rates and graduate student fees. Schedule an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for information about state and federal financial aid and sources for grants and scholarships.


Masters in Mental Health Counseling

The Indiana University Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling program at IUPUC is preparing the region’s next generation of professionals with the knowledge, skills, and values to deliver effective, ethical counseling services.

The only graduate-level counseling program at a public university in southeastern Indiana, this 60-credit curriculum will prepare you for a career as a licensed mental health counselor. The program emphasizes a developmental, preventive, and community-based approach to understanding and generating solutions to the natural stress of basic problems of living—whether in employment, relationships, or as a member of a family, group, or community.

You can take classes in our MA in mental health counseling program as a full-time or part-time student.

  • If you choose to be a full-time student, you can complete the program in two to three years.
  • If you plan to take classes as a part-time student, you can complete the program in four to six years.

After graduation, you will be prepared to pursue state licensure in mental health counseling and begin your career in counseling individuals, groups, and families who seek to maximize their potential and effectively deal with situational and daily life challenges.

Program Objectives

This program will help you become a well-trained, fully licensed mental health counselor who is an active participant in your profession and your community. As a mental health counseling student, you can expect to:

  • Develop a broad background in foundational fields such as personality theory, development, interpersonal relationships, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology.
  • Gain expertise in clinical assessment, treatment, coordination, collaboration, referral, and prevention related to behavioral health issues in individuals, groups, and families.
  • Engage in research to understand and critique the research literature and to employ and evaluate empirically-based practices. Practice a systemic, strengths-based approach to achieving behavior change.
  • Complete coursework and field experience, integrate theory and practice, and link assessment to treatment within the context of various theoretical perspectives.
  • Understand the role of mental health counseling within the contexts of the community, individual and cultural/ethnic diversity, and relevant ethical and legal issues.
  • Employ solid business practices associated with delivery of behavioral health services.


Courses are sequenced so that full-time students complete the degree in two to three years (including summer semesters). In addition to course work, the program includes the following field experiences:

  • 100-hour practicum
  • 600-hour internship
  • 300-hour advanced internship

Throughout the course of your study, you will gain the knowledge, skill, and experience you need to provide expert counseling guided by the values of ethical practice and respect for all people. The curriculum will enable you to:

  1. Build specialized knowledge in assisting persons who present with the problems related to occupation, relationships, individual stress and coping, and other issues of community living.
  2. Employ general knowledge of clinical, developmental, and systemic theories of human behavior, human development, and human relating.
  3. Develop specialized knowledge in current, research-based prevention, intervention, and consultation protocols.
  4. Utilize a systemic approach to accomplishing behavior change through interpersonal and group processes.
  5. Demonstrate effective skills in group and individual counseling.
  6. Obtain sufficient knowledge and skills to work within community-based counseling and mental health agency delivery systems, treatment processes, and referral procedures, to be effective in entry level positions in the field of counseling and mental health.
  7. Create a foundation in the current counseling outcome and process research so you can read, evaluate, and critique the research literature and integrate research into the practice of professional community counseling.
  8. Establish understanding and respect for the influences of culture/ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class, and have experience in working with a broad array of clientele representing such diversity.