Counseling, Clinical Mental Health (M.S.)

  • Master's

About this Program

The clinical mental health counseling specialty master’s program provides 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.

Program Overview

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.

Program Contact

Andrew Campbell

Program Director


Jan Marcus

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MS
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Passing the Torch: Advice From Graduated Students to New Ones

Graduate School Alumni

Aug. 22, 2018 -- As we near the beginning of the 2018-19 academic school year, the Graduate School at Hood College is excited to welcome all new and returning students! For many, this is their first experience with graduate school.

    Admission to the clinical mental health counseling specialty master’s program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA. of 3.0.  If the GPA is below 3.0, the applicant may submit GRE scores for possible consideration. Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended. 

    Individuals applying to the clinical mental health counseling master’s program are required to submit:

    • The online application
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
    • A personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to Graduate School and how this program will facilitate fulfillment of the applicant’s professional goals (by email to
    • In the counseling profession, a professional is expected to recognize and appreciate individual differences. Write about an experience (or experiences) you have had working with people different than yourself? What strengths and limitations do you see in your ability to recognize and appreciate individuals who hold beliefs and/or values that differ from your own?
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae (by email to
    • A minimum of two (three preferred) academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (by email to

    All application materials should be submitted by June 15 for fall admission and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Applications will continue to be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis.

    Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview, with online or video interviews used for applicants who live more than two hours from campus.

    Fast Fact

    Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.

    All Faculty
    Andrew Campbell

    Andrew Campbell

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
    • Program Director, Master's in Counseling (Clinical and School)
    Megan Doughty Shaine

    Megan Doughty Shaine

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
    • Practicum and Internship Coordinator
    Diane Graves

    Diane R. Graves

    • Associate Professor of Psychology
    • Program Director, Master's in Interdiscipinary Studies in Human Behavior