Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science

DescriptionDegree OptionsAdmissions Requirements
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as licensed clinical mental health counselors. It provides the educational requirements outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice as requisite to attaining mental health counseling licensures. PSU’s mental health counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students should note that there are significant post-degree requirements to undertake prior to being licensed, listed below in the Licensure Requirements section.

Clinical Experiences:  Practicum & Internship

Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must successfully complete a 100-hour Practicum and 600-hour Internship in a mental health counseling setting. Students can choose to remain in one setting or split their time between two settings, though most students prefer to stay at the same setting. A mental health provider licensed under the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice will be designated to provide individual supervision at the internship site on a weekly basis. Students interning out of state need to be supervised by mental health providers licensed in the state in which they are practicing. In addition to their field experience, students are required to attend a weekly University-based internship seminar. Typically, the practicum occurs over one semester, and the internship over two semesters. Students must complete their internship experience within two calendar years.  New Hampshire state licensure law only requires 600 hours of internship, but students may choose to complete a 900 hour internship to meet the requirements of other states (such as Maine).

Comprehensive Assessment

Clinical mental health counseling students demonstrate mastery of all specialty competencies through completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Licensure Requirements

Licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in New Hampshire has three main requirements.  The first is the completion of a 60 credit masters degree in clinical mental health counseling, ideally from a CACREP-accredited program.  The second is the successful completion of the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE), which is taken after degree completion.  The third and final requirement is the completion of 3000 hours of post-masters clinical work in a counseling environment, which must occur over 2-4 years, be supervised by a LCMHCE, and be pre-approved by the NH Board of Mental Health Practice. Additional rules, forms, and details can be found on the NH Board of Mental Health Practice website at the following link:

Each state has its own licensure rules, although most follow this general structure.  For more information, please contact the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program coordinator, Dr. Mike Mariska.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students can complete the 63 credit MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by itself or add one of the following concentrations:

Addictions Treatment
Couples and Family Therapy
Eating Disorders Institute
Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH)
Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH)
Play Therapy
Admissions requirements for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • Participation in the Group Interview
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

CMHC Course Offerings 2017-2018

This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change


Course Number Course Title Credits Prerequisites Terms Offered Day/Time offered

CO 5010


Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Advocacy






F, Sp T: 3:30-6:00

S: 9:00-4:30


CO 5020


Counseling Skills





CO 5010

F, SP, Su W: 6:30-9:00

CO 5040


Social Behavior and Diversity







F, Sp R: 6:30-9:00

S: 9:00-3:00


CO 5050


Advanced Human Development






F, Sp, Su Blended/Hybrid

T: 12:30-3:00



CO 5070


Research Design for the Helping Professions





CO 5010

(or coreq)

F, Sp, Su Blended/Hybrid

T: 6:30-9:00


CO 5230


Career Counseling and Development






Sp, Su Blended/Hybrid

S: 8:30-12:00


CO 5260


Theories of Counseling and Personality






F, Sp, Su M: 3:30-6:00

CO 5430


Assessment for Counselors





CO 5010

Sp, Su R: 3:30-6:00

CO 5460


Group Counseling





CO 5010 & CO 5260


Sp, Su M: 6:30-9:00

CO 5100







All Required Courses & Intent to Enroll Form


Fa, Sp W: 3:30-6:00 or 6:30-9:00

CO 5130


Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health






Sp, Su W: 3:30-6:00

CO 5600


Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling





CO 5010

F M: 6:30-9:00

CO 5670


Working with Children and Families



CO 5010, 5260 Sp W: 3:30-6:00

CO 5710


Crisis and Trauma Counseling



CO 5010  


M: 6:30-9:00

CO 5720


Addictions and Related Disorders





CO 5010

Sp S: 9:00-5:00

W: 3:30-6:00


CO 5770


Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood






F, Su Blended/Hybrid

W: 3:30-6:00


CO 5790


Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning



CO 5020, 5260, & 5770 F Blended/Hybrid



CO 5880


Seminar and Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling




All required courses and Practicum


F, Sp, Su M: 6:30-9:00

Counselor Ed Core Credits





CMHC Specialty Credits





Elective Credits





Total Credits Required for CMHC Degree