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.
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:
- Expand your knowledge in subjects like human development, interpersonal relationships, evidenced-based practices, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology.
- Gain expertise in clinical assessment, treatment, coordination, collaboration, referral, and prevention related to behavioral health issues in individuals, groups, and families
- Critique and utilize the scholarly literature to employ and evaluate evidenced-based practices
- Integrate theory and practice within the context of various theoretical perspectives
- Understand the role of mental health counseling within the contexts of the community, individuals and cultural/ethnic diversity, and relevant ethnical and legal issues
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.