Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)


The Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers graduate training to those interested in working as master's-level clinicians in the mental health field. Potential work settings include but are not limited to outpatient clinics, human service organizations, public systems (mental health, child welfare, criminal justice), healthcare systems and psychiatric facilities. The curriculum is grounded in counseling theory and a strong emphasis on counseling skill development complements assessment practices, cultural competence, human development, and comprehensive program development and evaluation. The semester-long practicum experience in the University of Detroit Mercy Counseling Clinic followed by a 600-hour internship at a community-based organization provides the highest quality hands-on experience for counselors-in-training.

The content and sequence of courses aim at promoting deep knowledge and competencies to work effectively with individuals experiencing serious mental health issues and/or challenges related to living. Completion of the program fulfills the academic requirements for state licensure as a professional counselor (LLPC). The 60-credit-hour program generally requires three years to complete.

Graduates of University of Detroit Mercy's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are typically hired immediately either by their internship site or by another organization. Our graduates fulfill such roles as therapist, clinical supervisor, program director, and researchers in an array of organizations such as the Veterans Administration, human service organizations, psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient clinics.

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    Admission Requirements

    An undergraduate overall GPA of 2.75 or higher or a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the second half of the undergraduate degree program, or a graduate GPA of 3.0 on a previously completed graduate degree; a minimum of 15 hours in the social or behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology) including at least one course (three credit hours) in statistics; a letter of interest explaining your reasons for wishing to seek a graduate degree in counseling; a writing exam; three letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to your potential to enter graduate school in counseling and an interview with the faculty.


    Degree Requirements

    • CNS 5000 Research Methods in Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5020 Counseling and Human Development (3 credits)
    • CNS 5120 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Process (3 credits)
    • CNS 5320 Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5350 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5360 Program Development and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • CNS 5380 Career Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5390 Counseling Skills (3 credits)
    • CNS 5400 Testing and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • CNS 5430 Group Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5490 Trauma, Crisis and Prevention (3 credits)
    • CNS 5600 Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment (3 credits)
    • CNS 5620 Critical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5680 Advanced Issues in Assessment and Treatment (3 credits)
    • CNS 5720 Legal, Ethical, and Advocacy Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5850 Counseling Practicum (3 credits)
    • CNS 5900 Consultation and Staff Development (1 credit)
    • CNS 5920 Introduction to Addiction: Process and Substance (2 credits)
    • CNS 5940 Addiction Counseling: Advanced Issues in Practice and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • CNS 6040 Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS Elective: Student may choose ADS 5090 (3 credits), ADS 5110 (3 credits), ADS 5120 (3 credits), or CNS 5450 (3 credits) or any CNS course with advisor approval (3 credits).

    Total: 60 credits

Program Contact Information

Assistant Professor and Program Director: Kathleen Palmer, Ph.D., LPC
Reno Hall, Room 238
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0468
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Chair: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC
Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0436
Fax: 313-578-0507

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