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)
  • MHC616 Advanced Counseling Skills (3 credits)
  • MHC642 Advanced Group Counseling Skills (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. Kim Schellin-Rog

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Kimberly Schellin-Rog, Assistant Professor of Division of Professional Studies and Chair of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Carthage College and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She earned a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University. She has been an adjunct professor at Elgin Community College since 2005 in the psychology department, and an adjunct professor at Judson University in the undergraduate human services program in the graduate Clinical Counseling program since 2017. She has been working in the field of domestic violence for 18 years. She has worked with both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, male and female victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and children who have witnessed domestic violence or experienced sexual assault. Before coming to Judson, she was the coordinator of the domestic violence program at the Community Crisis.

Program Statistics

Total Number of Graduates for 2020-2021: 11

Pass Rates on Credentialing Exams 2020-2021: 100% -- Of the 11 graduates, 4 students have reported that they have taken and passed the exam. (NCE is required for counselor licensure in Illinois.)

Completion Rates for 2020-2021: 33% (Data is based on IPEDS reporting structure, in this case, the completion rate is based on a cohort of 12 starting in Fall 2018.)

Job Placement Rate for 2020-2021: 91% of 2020-2021 graduates were employed in the counseling field at the time of graduation. 

See the MACC program Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Annual Report.

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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