clinical mental health counseling

Degrees Offered

Master of Science

Specializations (optional)

Addictions Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling

Program Description

Our master of science in clinical mental health counseling is dedicated to training professional counselors in evidence-based and emerging best practices and prepares students to practice as a professional counselor. Course work focuses on human development, psychopathology, assessment, theories of counseling, consultation, crisis and disaster response, ethical and legal issues, multicultural issues and counseling research, as well as individual, group, family and counseling interventions. Field experiences, small group experiences and practicum and internships are required and lead to the development of science-practice integration in all of our graduates.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation along with recommendation forms.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • A resume/vita.
  • GRE scores (General Test only).
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • Counseling specialty area/concentration ranking Form (Word document).
    Prospective students need to indicate if they are electing to specialize in either child and adolescent counseling or addictions counseling. Ranking specializations doesn't affect an applicant's probability of being accepted into the program. Applicants should only rank those specializations in which they have a genuine interest in pursuing. We make every attempt to accommodate applicants' first choice. However, the rankings assist us greatly in course planning and advising.
  • After all applications are reviewed, the highest ranking applicants will be contacted for an interview with the faculty. This is required for admission. International applicants residing in foreign countries and applicants with extenuating circumstances may conduct their interviews over the phone. Master's interviews will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 on campus..

Application Deadline

February 1st for the following fall term.

Students are admitted to the department in the spring term to begin their programs the following fall. To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by the deadlines listed above.

Financial Aid

Most of the scholarships and assistantships that we offer go to doctoral students, but occasionally there are assistantships given to master's students. We will not know the number of assistantships available to next year's students until our admissions offers are sent out during the middle of the spring semester.

Master's students who are primary and secondary school teachers in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible for two scholarship opportunities: the Milwaukee Area Teachers Scholarship, which provides scholarships for K-12 teachers from the greater Milwaukee area, and the Catholic Schools Scholarship, which covers part of the tuition for students employed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools. These scholarships are available only to students enrolled at Marquette.

Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.