Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lock Haven University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling was recently ranked on the GoGrad website.  The program received a seventh place ranking out of 33 ranked programs for the top online master degree programs in counseling for 2015. 

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Mission Statement – Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program is consistent with the mission and strategic plans of Lock Haven University (LHU) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Through the use of synchronous and asynchronous modalities, the CMHC Program promotes students’ educational, professional, and personal development by supporting their overall wellness and encouraging a lifelong journey of professional learning and self-reflection.



Lock Haven University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606.  In addition, the CMHC program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  The program utilizes the CACREP Standards as the student learning outcomes. 


 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 be license eligible and 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.  

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Graduates of the program will demonstrate advanced knowledge and appropriate skills in the following areas:

  • Foundations of Counseling
  • Intervention and Prevention
  • Diversity and Advocacy
  • Human Development
  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Research and Evaluation

The following concentrations are available in the CMHC Program:

  • Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Counseling Veterans and their Families
  • General Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The CMHC program also welcomes individuals interested in taking courses to apply for their state license or for continuing education.  Individuals interested in doing this need to have successfully completed a masters degree in counseling with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  If you are interested in this option, please contact the program director, Dr. Kristin Vincenzes ( for further information.  


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