M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Make Your Impact with a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Vermont University

Earn your M.S degree one weekend a month in face-to-face classes on location in Vermont, Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

NVU's program prepares you for careers that promote individual and community wellness, resilience, and recovery.

Northern Vermont University Adds Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling — Weekend Format Program to Degree Offerings

We are pleased to announce the addition of a unique M.S. in clinical mental health counseling to our graduate degree offerings. This well-established program, long offered by SNHU and before that Trinity College in Vermont, will now be offered at NVU — with the same face-to-face delivery model — in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Wisconsin, and Alaska.

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About the Program

Our program offers graduate education for students interested in pursuing licensure as clinical mental health and addictions counselors:

  • in a program highly relevant to counselors in today's world
  • in a format accessible to adult learners
  • In a face-to-face classroom setting one weekend a month
  • with faculty who are scholar-practitioners and who bring national and local expertise in clinical mental health and addictions counseling, integrated service delivery, research, and administration
  • with content that is relevant to a wide variety of clinical mental health and community and private practice settings

Not available for international students.

Curriculum and Field Experience

Our unique, nationally recognized curriculum will prepare you to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical mental health or professional counselor in each of the locations in which it is offered, as well as surrounding areas. The curriculum also covers much of the content required for certification or licensure as an addictions counselor, and many of our graduates pursue dual licensure as addictions counselors. Licensure is not guaranteed because you must meet post-master's practice requirements and pass the required exams.

Our graduates are change agents, clinicians, and leaders in child/family and adult mental health, dedicated to recovery, integrated approaches to mental health and addictions, and evidence-based practices across the lifespan.

The degree requires 63 or 66 graduate credits, including a 100-hour practicum and two or three 300-hour internships (700 or 1,000 hours total of practicum and internship experience), depending on the licensure requirements for clinical mental health and professional counselors in the states where the program is offered.

Program Options

  • Master of science in clinical mental health counseling
  • Specializations in integrated mental health and addictions treatment for: 
    • Children, youth, and families 
    • Adults
  • Professional development/continuing education coursework

Students complete all required coursework for the degree across the lifespan and also complete a specialization in integrated mental health and addictions treatment for children, youth, and families or for adults, including issues of health and aging.

Our program has been recognized as an Innovative Practice by the Annapolis Coalition in five categories: consumer and family/adult mental health, child/adolescent and school-based mental health, leadership, rural mental health, and substance use disorders treatment and persons in recovery.

Weekend Format

The program is designed to be highly accessible to working adults in order to encourage a diverse group of students, including people currently working in counseling and related fields, people in recovery and their family members, and the general public.

Graduates demonstrate a strong grounding in the knowledge and skills of the counseling profession, as well as in person-centered and strength-based approaches; culturally competent practice in a multicultural and diverse society; integrated, evidence-based clinical practice in mental health and addictions; and a commitment to leadership, systems change, and advocacy in the profession, the community, and the larger society.

The program combines face-to-face instruction and distance-learning activities geared to adult learners. We offer intensive weekend instruction in classes one weekend a month for cohorts in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Wisconsin, and Alaska. The program is administered by Northern Vermont University for all states, and the program offered is identical across sites in terms of curriculum, faculty expertise, and delivery model.


Interested in applying to Northern Vermont University's master of science in clinical mental health counseling program? Learn more and apply here