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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Quick Highlights

Help fill the growing need for mental health counselors. Classes are held just one morning per week, always ending before noon. Join a well-respected program with a 100% job placement rate and a 100% first-time licensure exam pass rate (class of 2023). Add on an optional addictions certification with just three additional courses.


On Campus Morning Classes

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60 credits, 3-year completion

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Fall, spring, summer semester start


Addictions counseling certification available

Important Deadlines

Application due December 1 / Spring Semester
Application due April 1 / Summer Semester
Application due July 1 / Fall Semester

Program Overview

You’ll learn from doctoral-level faculty, who are practicing professionals and bring real-world experience to their teaching. Their knowledge in a range of specialty areas of study and professional network leverages extensive field placements where students can meet both program and state criteria for practicum and internships.

Graduates who become licensed mental health counselors work in a wide range of service organizations such as group private practices, Life Connections, Hillcrest Family Services, community counseling centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, as well as in private practice after full licensure is achieved.

Our program curriculum meets the licensure requirements for Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, making it easy for students to obtain a license in these states. For students desiring to work in additional states, the program director meets with each individually to ensure licensure eligibility in those locations as well.

Why Choose Loras

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Career Focused

Personalized attention from well-respected faculty gives you the tools you need to succeed, and evening classes allow you to continue working and networking while you pursue your degree.


Choose from seven accredited and widely recognized master’s degrees and one postbaccalaureate program. Continue your current career or discover a new career path that’s right for you.

Grad Chat

All prospective graduate and professional education students can schedule a casual, personalized Zoom conversation with both the program director of your academic program of interest as well as the director of graduate admission, to learn more about the classes, internships, outcomes, enrollment processes, and much more. Get a true sense of what grad school is like from a faculty member you will be closely working closely.