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Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Program Details

Nova Southeastern University offers a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. The program offers several concentrations within the Mental Health Counseling curriculum, and students can choose to specialize in areas of mental health substance abuse counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, or behavior analysis. Each concentration is comprised of online courses combined with a mandatory practicum/internship that requires supervised clinical experience in an approved agency.

Graduates can use the MS degree as the necessary foundation for continued professional development when serving the community in various counseling capacities. Counselors are needed in many industries as well as in challenging times and situations. A combination of interdisciplinary courses, prevention of dysfunction, and direct service ensures graduates a comprehensive understanding of the importance of mental health awareness. The program is comprised of coursework that provides broad-based training as well as focused courses dedicated to the understanding of substance abuse, family violence, divorce, aging, and general emotional problems.

Professional graduates are placed in many types of mental health settings, business and industry, substance abuse clinics, hospices, hospitals, educational settings, and private practices. Only after completion of the entire program, in addition to the required practicum hours, graduates can seek to advance in current positions or use the education to further their education in pursuit of a Doctorate degree.


Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better; or a total score of 950 or higher on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years, or other similar measures.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges