M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The 60-credit Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

What can I do with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling?

  • Work in a variety of counseling positions in settings such as:
    • community agencies, mental health agencies, hospitals, government facilities, institutions of higher education, substance abuse treatment facilities, industry and private practice.
  • Pursue a doctoral degree in Counselor Education & Supervision or Counseling Psychology
  • Expect excellent graduate accomplishments and career paths

Key Strengths of Rider’s CMHC Program

  • CACREP-accredited
    Rider’s CMHC program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP), the premier national accrediting body that ensures excellence in counselor preparation and training.
  • Student-centered and self-reflective atmosphere:
    • Small class sizes and an excellent student-faculty ratio ensure individualized advising and instruction.
    • Multiple opportunities for research and authorship experience with faculty (e.g., presentations and publications) enhance preparation for doctoral work.
    • Courses emphasize active learning, case examples, and personal exploration to build self-awareness.
    • An active student honor society provides exciting workshops, networking events, and professional development opportunities.
  • Emphasis on field experience:
    • Students complete 60-credits of coursework and at least 700 hours of fieldwork.
    • Fieldwork supervision is intensive, with individualized student/supervisor meetings. Every student receives supervision from at least two professionals: the supervisor on-site and the faculty supervisor at Rider.

Program Concentrations

There are two concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program all take 36-credits of core coursework and 9-credits of fieldwork at the end of the program. They each also take 15 credits in one of two concentrations: 


Required Core (36 credits)

Code Course Title Credits
COUN 500 Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions 3
CNPY 502 Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions 3
COUN 550 Counseling and Helping Techniques Laboratory 3
COUN 503 Group Counseling 3
COUN 508 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
EDPS 503 Human Growth and Development 3
CNPY 514 Psychopathology 3
COUN 530 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 520 Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development 3
EDPS 520 Measurements, Tests, and Assessments in Counseling 3
EDUC 500 Introduction to Research 3

Fieldwork (9 credits)

Code Course Title Credits
COUN 585 or CNDT 585 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum OR Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Practicum II 3
COUN 590 or CNDT 590 Internship in Counseling I OR Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Internship I 3
COUN 591 or CNDT 591 Internship in Counseling II OR Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Internship II 3

Concentration Coursework

Concentration Credits
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration 15
Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration 15