You have a passion for helping those who are hurting and finding answers for those who are searching. Learn how to touch lives in meaningful ways only a licensed mental health counselor can. We’ll help you achieve your goal to help those in need through clinical mental health counseling.
Today’s counseling job landscape involves looking through the lens of an individual's psyche. When researching mental health counseling programs, you need a degree that trains you to walk with clients as they navigate life's challenges. Lipscomb offers just that through our Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition to our generalist track, we have specializations in play therapy and addiction, that fully prepare you to enter whichever field of counseling matches your interests.
Lipscomb’s small class sizes mean you'll get the personalized guidance necessary to advance. The curriculum is built around licensure expectations, and our 100 percent pass rate ensures you'll be prepared to excel. Study in the first faith-based, CACREP accredited program in Tennessee to arrive at the intersection of caring and competence.
For more information about accreditation, mission, goals, and policies of the program, see our documentation.
- Number of graduates in the past year: 47
- Completion rate: 83%
- Licensure or certification examination pass rate: 100%
- Job placement rate: 100%
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes
A Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb equips you with imperative skills to help others in their mental health journey. This includes training to develop your ethical competence, grow dispositions essential to counseling such as empathy, engage in personal and professional growth, and embrace interprofessional collaboration.
The following items are required to apply for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program:
- Lipscomb University's online application
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one recommendation must be an academic or professional reference)
- Official transcripts from all schools in which a degree conferred was received.
- A Bachelor's degree (any major) with a 3.0 GPA. If your GPA is below a 3.0, please submit one of the following:
- GRE Scores
- A short explanation of your GPA (why and how you've grown)
- Transcripts of a completed master's degree
- A 45-60 second video that answers the following question: What do you do for fun?
- A maximum of 3 pages, double-spaced essay. Please review our HERD dispositions on the Program Overview tab and consider them as you write your essay. In your paper, please highlight your strengths and potential areas of growth related to any (or all) of these dispositions. You may choose to address them in any way you desire. Please be sure your essay includes stories from your personal and/or professional life.
The deadline for Spring 2024 will be October 15, 2023, and we will interview on Friday, November 10, 2023. The deadline for Fall 2024 will be March 1.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 7-semester program. The following schedule is a typical first-year schedule which may vary slightly based on the chosen specialty: