Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Union Institute & University

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Union Institute & University is an online counseling degree.  This program prepares you for certification or licensure as a professional counselor or clinical mental health counselor.  The unique structure of this program combines online coursework, face-to-face academic experience, and live/synchronous meetings between students and expert faculty with doctoral degrees and practitioner experience.  Faculty are committed to preparing students to become advanced practitioners in the field of counseling and to building connections to the broader counseling professional network.  This master’s in counseling degree can be used for advanced training, as a means to pursue licensing and certification, or as a foundation for doctoral research. 

Coursework provides the theories, techniques, and skills required to become a counselor.  Core courses include:

  • Counseling Theory & Practice
  • Professional Orientation & Ethics
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Group Work & Therapy
  • Social Basis of Behavior & Cultural Diversity


  • A bachelor’s degree
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three professional references
  • Individual interview

A face-to-face residency experiences is conducted each term at the Brattleboro, Vermont or Cincinnati, Ohio centers.

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission