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Mission Statement

The fundamental mission of the Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty is to educate and train counselors who will promote the optimal functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Built upon a foundation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions within a community-minded and social justice framework, program graduates will be able to translate research-validated practices into effective strategies for individuals, groups, and families from all backgrounds. The course of study will support the acquisition of competency-based knowledge while fostering professional and personal growth through self-reflection and constructive feedback.

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Recording of Info Session from April 2024

About the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program

Clinical mental health counselors facilitate the growth and development of individuals, families, and groups through the helping relationship. They practice in a range of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health agencies, individual and group private practice settings, and other contexts where counseling and mental health services are provided. CMHC is a distinct licensure specialty from other helping professions such as psychology, social work, psychiatry, and psychiatric nursing. Like other mental health professions, a variety of issues may be addressed through professional counseling, and the University of Utah CMHC program emphasizes the use of culturally-relevant, empirically supported, and strength-based approaches in addressing these issues.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty is designed to prepare students for entry level counseling positions in community mental health and human service agencies. This specialty is currently designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of Utah, and is congruent with national standards for master's level licensure in most other jurisdictions across the country. Accordingly, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, typically over three years, with the final year culminating in a 1000-hour field-based internship.

The faculty is committed to offering a manageable program of study, with course offerings that accommodate those balancing life demands. Consequently, many required courses meet once per week in the early evening, in person, on the University of Utah campus. Moreover, we are dedicated to providing close, individualized
attention to our students, selecting only 12-15 students per year. Because we limit our numbers, students regularly provide feedback that they are well-known among the faculty, receive close supervision, and appreciate the small class sizes. Students also comment on both the non-competitive, collegial atmosphere among their class peers and the close connections they are able to develop because of the smaller cohort size.

Students admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty have completed at least a bachelor's degree and have relevant experience and/or education in psychology. Please consult Information for Applicants for specific details on requirements for applying to the program. Please also consult the Program Handbook, which is revised annually for our incoming students, providing details regarding the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program's objectives, curriculum, and internship requirements.


M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling       2023-2024    
Number of applicants 156
Number of acceptances 14
% Accepted 8.97%
Number of enrollees 12
% Enrolled 86%
Number of total students 35
Graduates (May 2023) 11
Number of faculty 8
Faculty to student ratio 1:4.4
Courses taught by Adjuncts 16.7%
Licensed (Graduated between 2019 – 2023) 100%



The M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of June, 2018 through June, 2028.MPCAC Logo

Our CMHC graduates are eligible to take the UT licensing exam for the Utah Licensed Associate CMHC (ACMHC). Eligibility to apply for the CMHC License occurs after accruing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical hours as an ACMHC.

See for more details on the licensure process. If you are planning to practice outside of Utah, please visit the specific state’s licensing department to learn more about requirements for licensure.

Interested in partnering with the CMHC program by being an internship site?

In the third and final year of the program, our CMHC students spend 2-3 semesters at a community-based internship site.  If your organization is interested in a partnership the first step is to attend an information session.  We have an application process where applications are then reviewed by the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Staff.  Organizations that are a good fit for our students and program are then invited to an Internship Fair each Fall where they can begin interviewing students.  If you are interested in more information and to register for the next information session, please email: with your request. 

CMHC First year cohort - 2023

First Year Cohort


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Second Year Cohort

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Third Year Cohort

Need More Info?

Attend an information session to learn more about our M.Ed. Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and School Counseling (Salt Lake City or St. George Programs).

  • Program Mission/Objectives
  • Coursework/Training
  • Costs/Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • How to Apply

Monthly Virtual Clinical Mental Health Counseling Information Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

Check back in August for the 2024-25 schedule

Please contact for more information or questions.

For questions, call: 801-581-7148

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Last Updated: 7/10/24