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Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Departmental Website: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - M.S.

Program Description: Western's program in counseling provides students with academic and field-based experience leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program prepares individuals for employment in entry level counseling positions in diverse settings such as community mental health, substance abuse centers, college counseling centers, non-profit organizations, and domestic violence shelters. Graduates are prepared to pursue the post-Master's Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential.

The program is a minimum two years in length consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours.

This program is nationally CACREP-accredited.                    

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Location of Course Offerings: WCU at Billtmore Park, Asheville

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • GRE General Exam
      • For applicants who took the GRE within the last ten years and prior to July 31, 2011, a score of 450 or higher on either the verbal or quantitative.and 4.0 or higher on the analytical.
      • For applicants who took the GRE on or after August 1, 2011, a score of 150 or higher on either the verbal or quantitative.and 4.0 or higher on the analytical.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate degree.
    • Goal statement 
    • Three recommendations from academic and/or professional sources 
    • Education/work resume
    • Applicants will be screened and qualified individuals will be invited for an interview. The interview is a major criterion in the selection process.

Application Deadline: February 1 for Fall admission

Prerequisites: None

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lisen Roberts
Department of Human Services


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