Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science

The Master of Science (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.


Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must successfully complete a 600-hour mental health counseling internship in a mental health setting. Students can choose to remain in one setting or split their time between two settings. A mental health provider licensed under the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice must 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 internship requirement is met over two academic terms and carries six credits. Students must complete their internship experience within two calendar years.

Comprehensive Assessment

Clinical mental health counseling students demonstrate mastery of all specialty competencies through a culminating project.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Clinical Mental Health courses will be offered.

Curriculum Requirements

Counselor Education Component – 30 credits

Mental Health Counseling Specialization Component – 27-30 credits

Elective – 3-6 credits

With your advisor, you’ll choose an elective appropriate for your program of study, or take courses required for your chosen concentration.

Successful completion of comprehensive assessments as noted above.

Minimum Total for MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 63 credits

Add a concentration

Students who are interested in adding a concentration to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can choose from the following options: