Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Judson University Christian College near Chicago


The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to become licensed professional counselors who address the needs of individuals and groups from a Christian perspective. The program fosters excellence in academics and acquired counseling skills through rigorous coursework and practical experience with community and private agencies. Graduates are prepared to assume a professional identity that contributes to the overall well-being of humanity.

Students who complete the program are eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in the state of Illinois.

You will have opportunities to:

  • Complete your degree in roughly 3 years
  • Learn from professors who are experts in their field
  • Work with practitioners during Practicum and Internship
  • Attend classes one night per week for 4 hours
  • Take the program with a group of about 15 students
  • Earn a degree designed for working professionals
  • Get free daycare (available at the Rockford location)

Campus Locations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A.

Elgin and Rockford


What Will My Mental Health Career Options Be Upon Graduation?

Diverse Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career employment for mental health counselors is expected to grow much faster than average as more people turn to professionals to help them cope with mental problems. Individuals with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are employed in many different settings, including:

  • Youth Counselor
  • Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Addictions Therapist
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Health Services Coordinator

What Mental Health Courses Will I Take?

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Course List

The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program requires 60 credit hours of core courses.

  • MHC504 Fundamentals of Human Services and Counseling Delivery Systems (3 credits)
  • MHC510 Human Growth and Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • MHC512 Interpersonal Relations and Leadership Development (3 credits)
  • MHC515 Counseling Theory (3 credits)
  • MHC517 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
  • MHC501 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
  • MHC516 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • MHC532 Research and Evaluation Methods (3 credits)
  • MHC607 Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment (3 credits)
  • MHC527 Maladaptive Behaviors and Psychiatric Illness (3 credits)
  • MHC529 Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
  • MHC542 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • MHC535 Family Dynamics (3 credits)
  • MHC620 Career Counseling (3 credits)
  • MHC545 Substance Use Disorder Treatment (3 credits)
  • MHC525 Practicum (3 credits)
  • MHC625 Counseling Internship A-D (3 credits each)

How Soon Can I Graduate?

Judson’s Professional Studies Division is tailored to adults who are building on work experience or prior education as they seek a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Our students continually report that they are able to attend college and earn a degree while still maintaining their work and family life. Classes meet just one night a week. Expect to spend about 15 hours a week on coursework outside of class. You can complete your Master’s in Clinical Health Counseling in 3 years.

Meet the Program Director, Dr. Amber Randolph

Amber Randolph

Dr. Amber Randolph, Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Judson University, is a nationally certified counselor, as well as a licensed professional counselor and a licensed professional educator (school counselor) in Illinois.

Prior to joining Judson, Dr. Randolph was a faculty member and Program Chair of the Graduate Counseling Program at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Dr. Randolph's research interests include grief and loss counseling, wellness, spirituality, and the clinical preparation of counselors.

Take the Next Steps With Us!

Enrolling in Judson University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is easy. And once we’ve received your application materials, we are generally able to get your application processed within 10 business days.

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