Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is an online, 60 credit degree program that is designed to be consistent with the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania (049 PA Code § 49.13)

Upon graduation from the program, you will have completed the educational requirements for licensure and be ready to fulfill the remainder of the Pennsylvania state requirements for licensure as a counselor. The program is consistent with other state licensure codes and a non-Pennsylvania student may be license eligible in another state as a counselor.

Application Process:
To complete the admissions process, students must submit:

  • Online application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
    At least one letter will discuss the candidate's ability to succeed academically and all letters must be specific to the program at LHU.)
  • Statement of professional goals - One page in length
    (Professional goal statement must include a thorough discussion on the applicant’s career goals. Furthermore, the statement needs to describe the purpose of attaining a degree in CMHC at Lock Haven University, specifically how this degree will help the applicant attain his/her professional goals.)

All application materials must be submitted to:
Lock Haven University- Office of Admissions
Lock Haven, PA  17745


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Admissions Criteria:

Priority application deadline: May 1.  Pending space available, completed applications will be accepted until July 15.

After applicants have submitted all application materials, if deemed qualified, they will be scheduled for a 30 minute phone interview with the faculty.  Successful applicants for regular matriculated status will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology (or a related discipline such as education, criminal justice, sociology, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Applicants with a 2.85 - 2.99 undergraduate GPA with relevant life experience may be considered for an interview and if admitted to the graduate program, would be required to achieve a 3.0 GPA or better in their first 9 credit hours to remain in good academic standing.
    • Granting an interview with a candidate who has an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 will be at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • Completed coursework in research/statistics and abnormal psychology (these courses are preferred, but not required) at the undergraduate level with a minimum grade of B in each course prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Work and/or life experience relevant to the study of clinical mental health counseling.
  • Strong letters of reference from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic preparation and/or relevant experience.
  • A strong personal interview with a CMHC faculty.