Earn a Master of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling — Online

Help your clients achieve emotional wellness.

Make a positive impact on people's lives as a clinical mental health counselor. The online Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Our Lady of the Lake University gets you on your way to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).1

Program Highlights:

  • Designed to prepare you for LPC licensure
  • Aligned with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Expert faculty with decades of experience in mental health counseling
  • Completed in as few as 3 years
  • Flexible format with 100% online coursework
  • No entrance exams required for admission
  • 24/7 online support available


Our comprehensive curriculum will give you the skills to address circumstances you'll face as a clinical mental health professional. Learn to identify, assess, and address mental health symptoms using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).


A master's in clinical mental health counseling can set you up for success in private practice, inpatient or outpatient agencies, government and non-government facilities, or community organizations to help clients of all ages and cultures overcome their emotional health challenges.


Get Certification-Ready

This program is the first step toward your LPC licensure.1

This 60-credit, online clinical mental health counseling specialization provides you with an education that meets the highest standards for the counseling profession. This program prepares you to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of theories, methods, and techniques in individual and group therapy
  • Identify the theoretical orientation options used for ethical and effective therapy
  • Understand the impact of addiction on society, clients, and family systems to help assist clients who are experiencing addiction within their family
  • Use various assessment and testing methods with clients and effectively communicate testing results
  • Apply basic tenets of career theories when working on career exploration with clients


Enjoy a focused but flexible program — including an in-person practicum and internships in your geographic area — and prepare to enter the field ready to help those who need your skills the most.


Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of your undergraduate degree)

For a full list of admissions requirements, please complete the request form.

Best in the West

U.S. News & World Report ranks Our Lady of the Lake University as one of the Best Universities in the West.

1Students outside of Texas are responsible for knowing their specific state requirements for LPC licensure.


NOTE: Applicants seeking licensure are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license per the Texas occupations code HB 1508.


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