Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counselors help people address their issues with depression and anxiety, problem relationships, stress, anger, self image, self abuse, substance abuse and addiction, other mental health-related concerns. For treatment, they combine psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach to create actionable plans for change and problem resolution.

Licensed mental health counselors practice in a variety of clinical settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment centers.*

Program of Study
This is a 61-credit program, which includes 12 internship credits. The program follows New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice standards in order to fulfill eligibility requirements for state licensure as a licensed mental health counselor, LMHC.

Online, on-site, and hybrid (a combination of classroom and online learning) classes are available to accommodate busy schedules and learning preferences. Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources
Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom. Faculty are practitioners in their fields, augmenting coursework with real-world, hands-on experiences.

LMHC licensure by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice entails completion of the degree program and post-master’s supervised work experience. Post-master’s internship supervisors must be licensed mental health counselors. Becoming a credentialed counselor demonstrates expertise and leadership in this field.

Department of Counseling & School Psychology
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Counseling & School Psychology.


M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates can pursue leadership roles** as:

  • Independent practitioners
  • Human services health counselors
  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Youth and family counselors
  • Many other counseling-related positions