Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

Clinical mental health counselors provide direct counseling services to clients by utilizing psychotherapy approaches and practical problem-solving to support individual, family, and community change. They practice in private practice, community, managed care, medical, business, educational and religious settings.

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UST is designed to develop mental health leaders to serve the community as licensed professional counselors (LPCs).  Our program upholds the highest standards of ethical, legal, and professional conduct; evidence-based clinical practice; social and cultural diversity; social justice and the dignity of all persons; and the ongoing dialog between faith and reason.

Degree Curriculum and Clinical Experience

Our graduates meet the educational requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC) for eligibility for LPC licensure. The curriculum is also aligned with national standards for clinical mental health counseling programs. 

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered in a cohort as a part-time or full-time, daytime, 60-unit degree. Students on the full-time track will complete their coursework and more than 700 hours of supervised clinical experience in two calendar years (six consecutive semesters) attending classes two days per week. Students on the part-time track will complete their coursework and supervised clinical experience in four calendar years (twelve consecutive semesters) attending classes one day per week.  A thesis option prepares interested students for further training at the doctoral level.

Employment after Graduation

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health counseling allows you to fast-track your education as a mental health professional.  Our alumni hold counseling and leadership positions throughout the region, and our expansive network of community partners helps our students secure clinical training in some of Houston’s most respected mental health agencies and practices.

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The program admits once per year in the fall semester.  Admission decisions are based on a combination of your undergraduate GPA, essay, letters of recommendation and personal interview.  GRE scores may be required if the undergraduate GPA is under 3.0.

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Application Deadline

Priority Application Deadline

  • March 15

*Applications and all necessary documents must be fully completed by the Priority Deadline in order to be given priority consideration. Applications and all necessary documents received after the Priority Deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

University of St. Thomas
Office of Admissions, Box #7
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Knowledge and Skills
  • Demonstrate core competencies in the areas of counseling theories; professional practice and ethics; human growth and development; psychological distress; assessment of client concerns; human diversity; spiritual and religious themes in counseling; counseling couples, families and groups; addictions and recovery; lifestyle and career development; program evaluation; and social justice advocacy. 
  • Demonstrate both foundational and advanced counseling skills through the completion of 700 hours of supervised clinical practice in community-based counseling agencies, with a particular emphasis on counseling underserved youth and adults.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of research, clinical assessment, and program evaluation to improve counseling practice and organizational effectiveness.

Jennifer Boswell, Ph.D, LPC-S, NCC, RPT, Associate Professor & Chair
Nevine Sultan, Ph.D, LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor
Victoria Yu Liu, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor

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