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Move your career forward with this licensure track program!

Yes! I want to move my career forward with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from NEC!

New England College’s online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS-CMHC) puts you in control of your career.

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS-CMHC) offers a rigorous 24-month, 60-credit, online degree program that provides the educational preparation for licensure in your home state. The program aligns with the degree and coursework requirements for professional counseling licensure in over 30 states. However, it is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in their state. Students should contact the specific state licensing board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. A list of state board contact information is available via the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Our program outcomes were developed to meet CACREP standards

Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice

Students will acquire knowledge of the history and philosophy of counseling; professional roles, collaboration, professional organizations, credentialing, and ACA and AMHCA ethical standards as a means to developing a counseling identity and an advocacy mindset.

Social and Cultural Diversity

Students will acquire knowledge of how the elements of diversity and societal factors impact individuals; while, gaining self-awareness regarding their culture and developing a personal understanding of how their own perspectives may affect the counseling relationship.

Human Growth and Development

Students will acquire knowledge of adaptive and maladaptive development, developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and theories development and will apply theories of learning, personality development, and strategies for helping individuals throughout the lifespan in an ethical and developmentally appropriate manner.

Career Development

Students will know and apply career development theories, decision-making models, vocational and occupational information to career development program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and evaluation.

Counseling and Helping Relationships

Students will demonstrate basic and advanced counseling skills, including developing goals and interventions for the purpose of working directly with or indirectly in consultation with various stakeholders in various settings to improve the lives of those they serve.

Group Counseling and Group Work

Students will know group theory and gain an experiential understanding of group development, dynamics, and leadership styles for use in an ethical and legal manner in various types of groups.

Assessment and Testing

Students will know statistical concepts, reliability, validity, multicultural issues in assessment, ethical and legal issues, as well as learn bio-psychosocial assessment, case conceptualization, principles of diagnosis, and use of the current DSM so that they have the ability to conduct individual and group assessment and evaluations.

Research and Program Evaluation

Students will acquire knowledge of research methods, statistical analyses, needs assessment, and program evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative methods, technology uses, and ethical and legal issues.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students will have knowledge of integrative systems of care; fiscal and legal issues; collaboration; community needs assessment; interventions and outreach; individuals and communities served; and clinical mental health counseling services.

Professional Practice

Students will develop and demonstrate clinical skills through supervised practicum and internship experiences and an integration of the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as practicing counselors.

Salary Average

According to the BLS, employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Marriage and Family Therapists

$48,790Avg. Salary
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School and Career Counselors

$55,410Avg. Salary
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Mental Health Counselors

$43,300Avg. Salary
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New England College Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Mission

The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is to provide high quality graduate level education to ensure the development of highly qualified clinical mental health counselors. The program pursues this through the careful integration of scholarship and clinical practice combined with focusing critical attention to the professional and ethical development of each student. The institution recognizes the importance of ensuring that students who plan to graduate in order to pursue a clinical mental health counseling practice achieve the academic, practice, and developmental assets necessary to be highly successful within the field of mental health counseling.  We understand that the working professional cannot always attend face-to-face residencies, so we are establishing our program with synchronous sessions to fulfill the residency requirements of this program. In addition, you are creating networking opportunities and sharing best practices with peers across the country.

Alumnae and clinical practitioners are saying…

New England College provided me with an excellent education because the faculty were from the community who had been doing the work.

My degree from New England College has made a world of difference in my life.


Kimberly A. Godfrey, LCMHC, Genesis Behavioral Health

 Thanks to my preparation at NEC, I passed each licensing exam on the first try.

The program at NEC was structured in such a way that I was able to maintain full time employment, which was an essential factor in deciding which school to attend.

Even today, my experiences at NEC inform what I do as a clinical mental health and addictions practitioner.

– Amy Reynelli, LCMHC, MLADC MAPS, Counseling Services

Yes! I want to move my career Forward with an MS CMHC from NEC!