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What will I learn?

Graduate students in the clinical mental health counseling program develop the foundational knowledge and skills to provide effective clinical services to a variety of diverse populations. As a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), our students can look forward to coursework and field experiences that meet the highest training standards of the counseling profession. Successful graduates of our program are eligible for initial licensure as counselors in Kentucky, Ohio, and a number of additional states.


A graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling, together with the requisite post-master’s experience and licensure, allows one to provide counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in community and agency settings. One of the benefits of a degree in clinical mental health counseling is that graduates are not only equipped to help individuals navigate normal life challenges (e.g., bereavement, relationship problems), but also help those who are struggling with more severe interpersonal and mental health difficulties (e.g., major depression disorder, social anxiety disorder).


In addition to training well-prepared counselors, the clinical mental health counseling program aims to create a local community of students and professors who are committed to supporting each other in their professional development.

As one example, the counseling program has an active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (Nu Kappa), the international counseling honor society. This organization connects students and faculty through both professional development and social networking opportunities throughout the year. For those students who are interested in pursuing doctoral-level work, the faculty also provides opportunity for students to participate in research and professional conference presentations.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (60 hours)

Tuition fees
USD $845 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 April 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 9 May 2022


College of Health and Human Services

Nunn Drive/ 455 Founders Hall,



41099, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

For international students

To be eligible for admission applicants must have the following qualifications: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate coursework must contain 48 semester credits (or equivalent in quarter hours) in the liberal arts. Baccalaureate degree must show completion of a statistics course with a grade of C- or higher.

English Language Requirements:

The minimum scores for admission to programs are below. Keep in mind that you only need to submit ONE of the following:

TOEFL: 79 IBT or 550 PBT

IELTS: 6.5 band

Application deadline: Nov/01 for Spring; Apr/01 for summer and fall.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.