Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Adult & Graduate Studies

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Enhance your counseling career.

In our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you can:

  • Become a counselor practitioner while learning the history and development of the counseling profession, the theories and ethical practice of counseling, and the competencies necessary for working with a diversity of patients and clients.
  • Prepare to deliver healing and health in the areas of developmental, behavioral, psychological, social, emotional, and career-based challenges and crises.
  • Learn theory, ethics, and strategies are emphasized, in addition to a counseling practicum and two internships.

For over 20 years, the Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been equipping adult students with the skills and tools they need to take the next step in their careers. And thanks to our four locations—Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, and online—and our convenient scheduling options, getting your associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from Montreat College has never been easier.

The program is designed to prepare skilled professionals to work in a variety of settings, including private practice, community, government agencies and other mental health settings.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling (60 hours), graduates will have met North Carolina Licensed Professional educational requirements.

Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered in Asheville, Charlotte, and Morganton.

Admission and Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

Program admission is competitive. Provisional admission requirements are:

  • Completed program admission application
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submitted GRE scores: Combined Score of 290 and 2.5 Writing Score.
  • Individual Interview

Application Requirements

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken (All final transcripts must include graduation information)
  • Talk with your admissions counselor for details on applying to your specific program.
  • Submit any supplemental learning documents for your program to the Montreat College Office of Enrollment.
  • Essay that outlines your professional goals
  • Resume, including both academic and employment history
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Background check completion
Sample Courses
CN 600 Professional Orientation to Counseling

This course will be an introductory exploration of the history of counseling as a profession as well as current trends in the practice of clinical mental health counseling. Students will begin to explore the various settings in which counseling can take place and the specialties within the profession, in addition to professional counseling licensure and credentialing. Additional topics covered in this course in an introductory way include counselor self-care, consultation, professional counseling organizations, advocacy, ethics, and multicultural competency.

CN 620 Spirituality & Religion in Counseling

This course will examine the role of spirituality and religious beliefs in the counseling relationship and process. Students will explore how different religious traditions that clients may participate in could influence the counseling process as well as examine their own religious and spiritual foundations for their counseling theory and practice. Ethical standards will be discussed.

CN 625 Counseling Across the Lifespan

This course will provide an overview of human development across the lifespan, from birth until death and explore critical considerations for counseling individuals across these stages of development.

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Crystal Joudry '18

I have chosen Montreat College because I know my peers also possess similar goals and values. I also love the encouraging and intelligent professors that possess a wealth of knowledge. It is obvious the faculty and staff are willing to help students succeed.

Crystal Joudry '18

I have chosen Montreat College because I know my peers also possess similar goals and values. I also love the encouraging and intelligent professors that possess a wealth of knowledge. It is obvious the faculty and staff are willing to help students succeed.

Norèal Armstrong
Gregg Blanton
Megan Clunan
Brad Faircloth
Penny Hamblin
John-Nelson Pope
Norèal Armstrong
Gregg Blanton
Megan Clunan
Brad Faircloth
Penny Hamblin
John-Nelson Pope
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Canfora

Dr. Nina Davis

Dr. Donna Fletcher

Dr. Allison Bronwyn Ford

Dr. Michelle Gordon

Dr. David Graham

Dr. Jessica Korzyniowski

Dr. Janet Lutz

Dr. Joy Martin

Dr. Melissa Mullins

Dr. Lotes Nelson

Dr. Cindy Peters

Dr. Kirk Webb

Other Links

Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2015-16

Program Handbook

Practicum Planning Guide

Tuition and Fees

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Chi Sigma Iota (Montreat College’s chapter is Mu Chi)

CMHC curricula is determined, developed, written, reviewed and evaluated by core and affiliate faculty once per quarter. Core and affiliate faculty are as follows: Dr. John Pope, Dr. Penny Hamblin, Dr. Noreal Armstrong, Dr. Megan Clunan, and Dr. Brad Faircloth.

Montreat College is an Approved National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Continuing Education Provider: # 4576


Counseling Program Pursuing CACREP Accreditation: Montreat College’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program, within the Adult and Graduate Studies Department, is dedicated to academic and professional excellence. The CMHC Program is actively pursuing accreditation from the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Programs (CACREP). The CMHC Program is currently CACREP equivalent. The program submitted its self-study June 2016, received its site visit June 2017 and now is in the process of responding to the site visit report. Final CACREP accreditation is anticipated for Spring 2018.

The Montreat College Counseling program welcomed the CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) Accreditation Team for their site visit June 11-14, 2017. This site visit is an important step forward toward obtaining CACREP accreditation. Program faculty received helpful feedback from the site team and are working to implement required and suggested changes. The prestige of this accreditation will indicate that the Montreat College CMHC program meets the highest standards in the educating counseling students.

For information on progress of accreditation status, contact:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
phone (703) 535-5990
fax (703) 739-6209

Montreat College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges & Schools to award associate, bachelor, and master degrees. You can contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Montreat College. If you want to speak with someone at Montreat College about our accreditation, please contact Gregory Kerr, Ph.D., at (828) 669-8012 ext. 3621 or The complaint process for SACS COC can be found at