Union Institute and University

Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH)

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


440 East McMillan Street

Cincinnati, OH 45206

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Union Institute & University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for certification or licensure as a professional counselor or clinical mental health counselor. Our CACREP accredited program will also equip you for future doctoral studies in counseling and related fields – without sacrificing your job or your income. Our flexible, online master’s degree program offers supervised practicum and internship experiences as required by state and national agencies and credentialing bodies.

Union’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program features online learning for courses combined with face-to-face residency experiences twice each calendar year at our Cincinnati, Ohio academic center. By attending these biannual residencies, you will get a chance to interact with your professors and colleagues in-person.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Structure & Courses

•  60 credit hour program

•  Full-time & part-time options

• January, May, and August start dates

• Residencies held twice a year

What makes Union's M.A. program unique? CMHC Program Chair, Dr. Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty, LPC, NCC had this to say, "We create a connected environment where students have real relationships with faculty, peers and mentors in the counseling field. You will never feel like a student number but have a place where you belong, are encouraged, and create long-lasting professional relationships. Our mission is to support every student as a professional colleague in gaining counseling concepts and skills, but also encourage reflective personal growth as you embark on the journey of wanting to help others."


While no program can guarantee licensure or certification to any individual, numerous external regulatory and state credentialing/licensing requirements for professional counselors were used in the design of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. These include academic course requirements shared by states and stipulations made by national credentialing bodies for specific types of national certification. Prospective clinical mental health counseling students should review their state’s licensing requirements before matriculating into licensure-bound studies at Union Institute & University. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has been awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) . This accreditation is a testament to the strength of our graduate program, and the desire to provide the highest quality experience and instruction to our students. CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree

Eligibility Requirements:

Admission is open to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized international institution of higher education. The admission decision is based upon the following: (1) a cumulative GPA of 3.0, (2) official transcripts from all previous institutions, (3) completed online application and personal statement detailing personal and professional goals, (4) resume or curriculum vitae, (5) 3 professional references, including one from a person qualified to evaluate your potential for clinical work, (6) English proficiency (if applicable), and (7) individual interview.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 810 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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