Gain experience and licensure for a counseling career

This blended graduate program prepares you for the growing profession of clinical mental health counseling within community agencies, treatment centers, correctional facilities, and medical settings. On-site counselor training, client sessions, and field-based experiences in addition to online/blended coursework will equip you to provide clinical mental health counseling services that help individuals, couples, groups, families and communities.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree

Career Opportunities

Employment of Clinical Mental Health Counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026. The average annual pay for a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Nebraska is $56,070 a year in Nebraska as of May 2017.

  • Mental health counselor
  • Human services agency director
  • Social and community service manager
  • Higher education or school counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Private practitioner

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and its international affiliate, the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP). These accreditations ensure that the program will qualify and prepare you for the National Counselor Exam (NCE), National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (CMHCE), Mental Health Practitioner License (LMHP), Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) or other credentials needed for your counseling career.

Benefits of a Master's Degree

A graduate degree helps you advance your career by qualifying for higher positions with additional leadership opportunities. The median salary for those with master’s degrees is 16% higher than for those with an undergraduate degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.