Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Argosy University, Schaumburg recognizes the need to offer human services providers the extensive knowledge and range of skills necessary to serve effectively in the profession. Programs have been developed by Argosy University faculty members to enable students to pursue personal and professional goals through completion of a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. Courses and curricula are designed to parallel prevailing licensure and certification requirements as closely as possible. Because of variations among states, each student should check with regional authorities to confirm such requirements.

Last year, there were 30 graduates of Argosy University, Schaumburg’s Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve above average pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2013 was 77%. Of the admitted students, 90% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 59.4% of graduates actively seeking jobs are employed within 6 months of graduating.

Program Outcomes
Professional Identity: Value all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, legalities, standards, and credentialing
Social and Cultural Diversity: Apply core theory and research of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society to the counseling profession
Human Growth and Development: Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels
Career Development: Apply core theory and research of career development, the psychology of work, and related factors
Helping Relationships: Ethically and effectively deliver a range of counseling and consultation services
Group Work: Understand the theoretical and experiential foundations of group purpose, development, and dynamics; will apply group counseling methods and skills
Assessment: Understand principles of testing and measurement, and will apply both individual and group methods of assessment and evaluation
Research and Program Evaluation: Understand methods and roles of research, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation
Communication: Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in written communication
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others.

CACREP Accreditation
The Argosy University, Schaumburg Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can be contacted at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 535-5990 the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP under the 2001 Standards as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling department intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for re-accreditation, per CACREP guidelines.

Enhance your career potential by enrolling in this Argosy University, Schaumburg master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information. End your search for clinical mental health counseling programs in Schaumburg at Argosy University, Schaumburg.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).
    • Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated program minimums may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the statement of academic and professional goals, the career summary, and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Such Admission must be recommended by the Admissions Committee and program chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
  • Current résumé (or career summary).
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.

Course List

Core Counseling Curriculum Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Core Counseling Curriculum Requirements — 54 Credit Hours




PC6000 - Counseling Theory (3)*
PC6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology (3)*
PC6025 - Human Growth and Development (3)*
PC6030 - Psychopathology and Assessment (3)
PC6104 - Counseling Skills I (3)*
PC6105 - Counseling Skills II (3)
PC6106 - Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3)
PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues (3)*
PC6440 - Child and Adolescent Counseling (3)
PC6505 - Group Counseling (3)*
PC6511 - Social and Cultural Diversity (3)*
PC6521 - Research and Program Evaluation (3)
PC6525 - Appraisal and Assessment (3)
PC6600 - Career and Lifestyle Development (3)
PC6700 - Couples and Family Counseling (3)
PC6803 - Trauma Impact and Counseling (3)
PC6810 - Professional Practices in Counseling (3)
PC6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
Practicum and Internship Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following


Practicum and Internship Requirements—6 Credit Hours


* Indicates courses required before practicum.
**Satisfactory completion of practicum is required before internship.
***Students enroll in PC6415 - Counseling Internship for two credit hours for two consecutive semesters.

PC6410 - Counseling Practicum (2)**
PC6415 - Counseling Internship (4)***
Non-Transferable Courses

In each program at Argosy University, Schaumburg, the requirements to successfully complete certain courses may not be met by transfer of credit based on coursework from other institutions.

Transfer credit is not accepted for the following courses required by the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program: 

Non-Transferable Courses

  • PC6410 - Counseling Practicum
  • PC6415 - Counseling Internship


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