John Carroll University Masters Degree Programs

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  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 semester hours of academic coursework and leads to a Master of Arts degree upon successful completion of all requirements. The degree is designed to meet the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). Also, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Counselors licensed as PCCs in the State of Ohio function at an independent practice level, allowing them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision. PCCs who obtain the State Board’s supervision credential may also supervise other counselors. PCCs may maintain a private practice.

Admission Requirements

  • LCCC/University Partnership students will be admitted for fall semester only. 
  • No application fee.
  • An undergraduate major in a recognized area, together with advanced undergraduate coursework (12-18 semester hours) in the social and behavioral sciences, including coursework in psychology, sociology or criminology. Applicants who do not have prerequisites for specific graduate courses will be required to make up deficiencies.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • A completed application.
  • A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) .
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably on letterhead) with recommendation cover sheet from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work, professional work, vocational commitment, and suitability for the role of counselor are required. Ideally, these letters will come from former professors and/or employers who can comment on the suitability of the applicant for graduate study.
  • A letter of intent from the applicant outlining career objectives and goals. The letter should be 400-600 words in length. It will be evaluated for content and grammatical and mechanical correctness.
  • A resume which shows evidence of work or volunteer experience.
  • Applicants must submit a program survey.
  • Applicants must participate in an interview process that will include a writing sample composed in response to a provided written prompt, as well as a group and a personal interview. The applicant’s interview will be evaluated by the admission committee.
  • All application materials should be forwarded to:

               John Carroll University
               Graduate Admissions
               1 John Carroll Blvd.
               University Heights, OH 44118

For More Information
Please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Cecile Brennan, for more information.  She can be reached via telephone at (216) 397-1987 or email at

Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost of tuition for 2012-2013 is $590.75 per credit hour. A graduate degree from John Carroll University is both a professional and financial investment in your future. The Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to helping our students finance their graduate education. There are a number of resources are available to help you on your way to joining us. For more information, please call (216) 397-4284 or email


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