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Counseling, M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty


The Graduate School at Hood College—located in Frederick, Maryland—has designed its Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty master’s program to provide a clear path to licensure required to practice counseling professionally in Maryland and neighboring states. Coursework can be planned to include specialty training in Gerontology or Thanatology. 

Professional skills and knowledge

The program is intended to prepare individuals to work in community mental health programs, hospitals, substance abuse clinics, at-risk youth programs, social services agencies, private counseling practices and similar settings.  Instructional domains include: foundations; counseling, prevention, and intervention; diversity and advocacy; assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis; collaboration and consultation; and leadership.

Accreditation Status

The 60-credit program is designed to conform to the standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and CACREP accreditation will be sought when the program becomes eligible to apply. The curriculum includes a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship.  

Rich Instruction

Faculty members are subject-matter experts whose scholarly and real-world experiences ensure that instruction is grounded in academic knowledge and practical application. Small classes mean close interaction with instructors, rich discussion among students and the kind of meaningful experiences that result from a community-based learning environment. 

Methods of Instruction

Late afternoon, evening and weekend classes accommodate working adults. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis; students are encouraged to consider how they will balance the requirements of coursework and practicum/internship with other commitments.

NOTE: Students should be aware that the clinical, occupational, and emotional demands of practicum and internship can make simultaneous full-time employment challenging. Few sites offer evening and weekend hours, and students are expected to be as flexible as possible. Students receive extensive support from faculty in identifying and securing a site, however placements and specific scheduling needs are not guaranteed. Applicants should speak to faculty for further information.

Contact Us


Program Director:
Andrew Campbell, Ph.D.



Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions:
Jan Steven Marcus