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Top Schools for a Master's in Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counselors must generally have a master's degree or higher for state or national certification. Most counseling programs are designed to train school counselors, though some programs are associated with psychology or medical schools. Degree options include the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.). Two schools with excellent graduate programs in this field are Boston University and Clemson University.

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Top Master's Programs in Mental Health Counseling

1. Boston University in Boston, MA

Boston University (BU) was ranked 56th in a 2011 list of the nation's top universities by U.S. News & World Report. BU is comprised of the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus in South Boston, which houses the School of Medicine and its affiliated teaching hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC).

The medical school's M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program is unique for its focus on neuroscience and behavioral medicine; it was the first of its kind in the nation. Many students complete the required practicum and internship at BMC in programs such as veteran's administration, pediatric obesity and adult outpatient psychiatry. Graduates are eligible to sit for the state counseling certification exam and the National Counseling Exam (NCE).

Contact Information

  • Address: One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215
  • Phone Number: (617) 353-2000

2. Clemson University in Clemson, SC

Clemson University is a public research university that was listed as 64th in the nation in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report ranking. The Princeton Review also ranked Clemson University fifth-highest for happiest students in its 2011 edition of 'The Best 373 Colleges.'

The Eugene T. Moore School of Education offers a 2-year program leading to an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health. Counselor training and preparation for certification through the NCE are the main objectives of the program. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; its field experience requirement is designed according to the council's guidelines. Specialized courses include human growth and development, addictions counseling and appraisal procedures.

Contact Information

  • Address: Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634
  • Phone Number: (864) 656-4636

List of U.S. Schools with Mental Health Counseling Master's Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Sq. S., New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of South Florida 40,022 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620 (813) 974-2011
Boston University 31,960 One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2000
Georgia State University 30,427 33 Gilmer St., Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 413-2000
George Washington University 25,061 2121 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20052 (202) 994-1000
University of Pennsylvania 24,599 One College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000
University of Louisville 21,016 2301 S. Third St., Louisville, KY 40292 (502) 852-5555
Syracuse University 19,638 Syracuse, NY 13244 (315) 443-1870
Clemson University 19,111 Clemson, SC 29634 (864) 656-4636
Touro College 17,116 27-33 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010 (212) 463-0400
University of North Florida 16,477 One UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 620-1000
University of Massachusetts - Boston 14,912 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125 (617) 287-5000
Southern Connecticut State University 11,815 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515 (203) 392-5200
SUNY College at Buffalo 11,714 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 878-4000
Eastern Washington University 11,300 526 Fifth St., Cheney, WA 99004 (509) 359-6200
Suffolk University 9,148 Eight Ashburton Pl., Boston, MA 02108 (617) 573-8000
Southern New Hampshire University 7,119 2500 N. River Rd., Manchester, NH 03106 (603) 668-2211
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 6,453 101 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 564-2000
Walsh University 2,760 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-7090
Saint Thomas University 2,476 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (305) 625-6000
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