Wheaton College

Graduate School

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Wheaton College Graduate Admissions

501 College Ave.

Wheaton, IL 60187

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our clinical mental health counseling students are prepared for employment as licensed professional counselors in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Community mental health agencies 
  • Human service agencies 
  • Hospitals 
  • Churches 
  • International ministries
  • Private counseling practices

It is important that applicants review the licensing requirements of the states or countries in which they hope to practice since mental health practice at the master's level varies widely. The coursework in this program was designed to meet or exceed the educational standards for professional counselors set forth by the state of Illinois and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Integration of Faith and Counseling

Pam Davis - CMHC ProgramFaculty and students join together in actively exploring the integration of Christian faith and professional counseling practice. During the first year, students and faculty participate together in a year-long seminar entitled Foundations of Integration, which explores the impact of a Christian worldview on the developing identity of the professional counselor. During the practicum and internship in the second year, students and faculty participate in Internship Seminars focused on putting the concepts and theories of integration into practice.

Many faculty members and students in the program have a strong interest in the interface of ministry and mental health practice. Many alumni of our program serve with or assist mission agencies and missionaries around the world. Other graduates serve in nontraditional roles that bring the training and values of the mental health field into ministry roles within the church. Members of the psychology department are active in teaching and training professionals, clergy and lay people around the world.

Practicum and Internship

Three semesters of clinical training give students the opportunity for hands-on training experiences.  Students are assisted in the search for practicum and internship experiences that fit their professional goals and interests. A wide variety of clinical settings welcome applicants from the Wheaton College Master's Program including outpatient practices, church counseling centers, community mental health centers, inpatient treatment facilities and college counseling clinics.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) at Wheaton College through October 31, 2024.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large Suburb

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