Program Overview

The University of the Southwest offers a MSED Mental Health Counseling Degree that is well suited for individuals who want to prepare for licensure as a mental health counselor. Graduates will be experts in information regarding counseling theories & techniques, counseling ethics, family counseling, child/adolescent counseling, and much more. Hands-on experience will be provided to students through an internship and practicum. Students who finish this program may also complete a licensure program that will result in becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) which leads to licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Graduates will gain specialized knowledge in different types of counseling in order to meet the needs of many individuals.  

The MSED Mental Health Counseling Degree Program gives students the option to complete the program through a 48 credit hour plan or a 60 credit hour plan. Students who complete the 48 or the 60 credit hour plan will be required to take the same required courses. Required courses that must be completed include Educational Research, Counseling Theories, Counseling Techniques, Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Learning & Human Development, Culturally Diverse & Special Needs Populations, Career Development & Live Planning, Group Counseling, Counseling Families, Child & Adolescent Counseling, Psycho-Educational Assessment, and Psychopathology. Students enrolled in the 48 credit hour plan are required to complete one subject related elective course. Individuals who choose to complete 60 credit hour plan will enroll in five subject related elective courses. All students enrolled in the program must complete 9 credit hours in a practicum and internship. This practicum/internship requirement is required for the LMHC, LPC, and LPCC. These courses are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to further their education and obtain employment in the counseling career field.

All courses for this program are available online. The online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Time management and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this degree program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    The University of the Southwest, private, non-denominational liberal arts university, is located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Originally founded in 1956 as Hobbs Baptist College, a 2-year junior college, the name of the institution changed to New Mexico Baptist College in 1958, when it became a four-year college. The institution became known as the College of the Southwest in 1962, and in 2008 became the University of the Southwest. The University of the Southwest is a Christ-centered institution that teaches the belief of God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible, and faculty and staff with Christ centered values instruct students to live, work and learn together while valuing each others cultures and beliefs. The university is dedicated to preparing its students for a lifetime in faith-based leadership and service.

    The University of the Southwest offers bachelor's and master's degrees from the following schools:

    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business and Professional Studies
    • School of Education

    Online courses are available to students requiring a more flexible schedule, as well as online career training programs that lead to professional certificates. 


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