Mental Health Counseling Program Requirements

It is expected that you will have already completed undergraduate coursework in Abnormal Psychology. It is recommended that you also have completed courses in Theories of Personality, Research and Statistics, Developmental Psychology, and Tests and Measurement.

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current Mental Health Counseling program information, including requirements and course descriptions.


Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 510 - Counseling Theories and Strategies (3)
  • GMHC 515 - Process of Counseling Clients from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
  • GMHC 520 - Assessment in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 535 - Group Theory and Process (2)
  • GMHC 536 - Group Activity (1)
  • GMHC 550 - Counseling Practicum (3)
  • GMHC 575 - Research and Program Evaluation (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 590 - Assessment & Intervention of Childhood & Adolescent Disorders (3)
  • GMHC 600 - Family and Partner Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 603 - Human Development in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 610 - Adult Lifestyle and Career Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 620 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 630 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)
  • GMHC XXX - Elective (3)

Total: 60  credit hours

Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Recommended Progression of Required Courses

For a recommended sequence of courses for full- and part-time students, please refer to the Mental Health Counseling Matrix [pdf].

Certificate of Advanced Study

Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)

Total: 18 credit hours

Tami Brown

Tami Brown

The Mental Health Counseling program has helped give me a sense of self identification. It helped me fit in... especially being an African American woman. The experiences that I have gained here at Fisher, I could not have gotten anywhere else. They were specific to me and my needs to develop and grow as a person and as a professional.

For any prospective student thinking about Fisher for your M.S. in Mental Health counseling, this is the place to be. The staff and faculty are here to assist you in several different areas. What I appreciate most about the faculty in the program is the time they set aside for each individual student. They are easily accessible and they offer several different ways of communication. The courses are interesting and the coursework challenges your commitment and sincerity to the program, yourself, and your future clients.

This program will challenge you. It will help you recognize if Mental Health Counseling is the area of profession that you "really" want to be in. Fisher's M.S. in Mental Health Counseling holds high standards for their students and I wouldn't have it any other way. These standards help me feel more secure going out into the workforce.

My field placements taught me that...I can do this thing! I have what it takes to professionally and ethically help those that have mental health issues. The placements also helped me feel more comfortable in what I was doing. The hands on experience was the icing on the cake for me.

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