Master of Arts
Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Master’s
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs at Bowling Green State University are committed to the mission of providing state-of-the-art training in order to prepare highly qualified, ethical and culturally competent professional counselors who advocate for social justice. The programs value an inclusive and diverse learning environment. To this end, our graduate programs offer opportunities that integrate learning discovery, scholarship and engagement that challenge traditional and non-traditional students to reach their academic and professional potential.
Students are enrolled in either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program or School Counseling program in the College of Education & Human Development. These degree programs require a diverse range of courses in counseling. It is a 60-credit hour program that spans 2.5 to 3 years including summer for full-time students. The School Counseling Program is also 60-credit hours but takes student 3 to 3.5 years to complete including summer. Part-time students typically take two courses per semester.
Internships and Careers
Clinical Mental Health Counselor — CMHC graduates are well prepared to work in a variety of settings, including agencies, hospitals and private practice as clinical mental health providers diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders. This work can be reimbursed by insurance, and your degree can help you become licensed across the nation.
School Counselors — SC graduates can become licensed as K-12 school counselors, providing individual and group counseling services to students, while collaborating with teachers and family members to provide high quality care and working to promote mental health programming. School counselors work as part of the faculty to address achievement gaps and other critical concerns.
The graduates in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program had a 90% employment rate in the counseling field within 180 days of graduating the program.
The graduates in the School Counseling programs had an 86% employment rate in the counseling field within 180 days of graduating.
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
89% of graduates in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program were employed in the counseling field within 180 days of graduating the program.
73% of graduates in the School Counseling programs were employed in the counseling field within 180 days of graduating the program.
To gain regular status admission, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or 3.0 in at least nine credit hours of graduate-level courses. Applicants are required to submit scanned copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted. Applicants are also required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*.
*Due to COVID-19, BGSU is temporarily waiving the GRE and GMAT requirements for all applicants to any of the University’s graduate certificate and master’s degree programs through fall 2021. Although the GRE was waived, a written statement following specific prompts from the program is required.
Accreditation and Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the CMHC and SC programs will have met the requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors and licensed Professional School Counselors in Ohio and nationally as a result of BGSU’s CACREP accreditation. Students can expect to have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enter the workforce as ethical, dynamic and culturally competent counselors.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.