The Bellevue University Master of Science in Clinical Counseling (MSCC) degree program is designed for mental health counselors seeking to advance their careers. The program is modeled on national licensing standards and prepares students for the national licensing exam.* Students will gain an applied understanding of the professional knowledge, industry best practices, and the necessary skills to serve client needs.
The M.S. in Clinical Counseling is a 60-credit graduate degree program that includes 100 hours of practicum (40 hours of observation) and 600 hours of clinical internship (40% direct client contact) under supervision of a licensed counselor. Students can choose to do coursework online or in class. Online students may complete clinical hours in their home state through an accountability and approval process with Bellevue University’s Internship Director.
The curriculum includes courses covering the counseling profession, theories, research practices, human development and legal and ethical issues; advanced courses in diagnosis of disorders, group processes, social and cultural diversity, medical and social-psychosocial aspects of drug use, career development, couples and family counseling. Electives provide advanced knowledge in applied neuroscience and psychopharmacology, treatment of child and adolescent disorders, or human sexuality.
Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission through the U.S. Department of Education.
*Education requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Students should evaluate whether the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling meets the licensure requirements particular to the state in which they plan to practice. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm with the Department of Human Services (or similar agency) in his/her respective state to guarantee necessary coursework meets the state’s current licensure requirements.
School Name: Bellevue University
Program Name: Master of Science in Clinical Counseling
Program Length: Two to three years
Enrollment Types: Full-Time or Part-Time
Instruction Methods: Asynchronous
Phone Number: (402) 293-2000
- 60 Credit Hours
- 100 hours of practicum (40 hours of observation)
- 600 hours of clinical internship (60% direct client contact)
- Residential and online students are responsible to complete practicum and clinical internship hours under supervision of a licensed counselor.
- Candidates for the master’s degree program must have completed a prerequisite requirement of 6 credit hours in the behavioral sciences.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or a U.S. equivalent degree from a nationally or internationally accredited college or university.
Students must have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or better from the most recent 60 credits of coursework earned toward the bachelor’s degree or have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better in previous graduate level coursework earned toward the graduate degree. Students with a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted without providing undergraduate transcripts, unless undergraduate classes will satisfy graduate requirements.
Colleges may require letters of recommendation and essays in certain circumstances.