Specialize in Child/Adolescent Mental Health Counseling

Be the difference by changing children's lives.

The master's in clinical mental health counseling program at Marquette University prepares students to have a successful career as a counselor in a variety of settings, and to enter the job market with a skill set that's in high demand.

The optional specialization in child and adolescent counseling provides students with training concentrated on providing clinical services to children, adolescents and their families.

In addition to rigorous classroom learning, we guide students in finding the clinical placement that will be most meaningful for them. We challenge students to think critically about the cultural context of their approach, to seek opportunities to serve the underserved, and to do what it takes to Be The Difference.



Credit Hours


Month Program


Full-Time Program






Real-world application

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.

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Application Deadline

Applications completed by February 1 will receive priority consideration. Admissions will continue on a rolling basis as space permits after the priority deadline.

Application Requirements

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  • 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 via virtual meeting. 

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

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.

About the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant

The HRSA grant supports experiential training opportunities focusing on clinical mental health counselors with a child and adolescent specialization. This award builds upon the department’s clinical mental health counseling – child and adolescent specialization (CMHC-CAS) program, the only such training program in Wisconsin.

The curriculum for CMHC-CAS centers on evidence-based training that emphasizes an interprofessional team-based, trauma-informed care approach, with cultural humility and social justice focuses. Clinical placements are available at primary care settings in high-need and high-demand areas throughout Milwaukee County. This award will fund internship stipends for at least 62 students through 2025.

The Health Resources and Services Administration is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable. This award is funded through the HRSA’s Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training program for Professionals which is increasing the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce, and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services in the underserved communities where behavioral health services are most urgently needed.

Eligibility and requirements

The HRSA grant is available through 2025. A limited number of students per year are eligible and must be admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and declare their specialization as child and adolescent counseling. Students can apply for the HRSA internship stipend once they have successfully completed their practicum and continue the same site placement in internships for the following Fall and Spring semester.

Applications complete by February 1 will receive priority consideration for admission interviews. Admission will continue on a rolling basis as space permits after the deadline.