Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Reach a more rewarding career that makes a positive impact in the lives of others. Lubbock Christian University's master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will prepare you to become a professional counselor, with in-depth clinical knowledge imbued with the principles of Christianity.

Witness firsthand the impact small classes taught by cutting-edge professionals can have on your educational experience. Faculty members all hold doctorates in their field and are actively engaged in the counseling profession. Their expertise instills within you a comprehensive training in professional counseling taught from a Christian perspective.

The counselors in this rewarding profession are trained to help individuals with mental or emotional disorders find ways to overcome these challenges. Mental health counselors are part of a fast-growing career path*. There is an especially high demand for counselors with Christian values that allow people to seek treatment while integrating spirituality and study of the Gospel with mental health counseling.

Unparalleled Expertise. Christian Foundation.

Too often Christian counseling programs neglect professional counseling approaches, forcing students to choose between a professional program and a Christian program. At LCU you have both. You will learn the skills, theories, and methods of professional counseling infused with a foundation of Christian principles and values.

Quality Education Built Around Industry Standards

At LCU, all of our students will receive a high-quality education that integrates excellence in teaching with a strong commitment to Christian values and professional counseling ethics. Our supportive environment will challenge students while helping them prepare for their counseling career. 

  • Program curriculum is written to the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Courses meet licensing standards for professional counselors in Texas and many other states
  • All courses requiring counseling skill development have a component of training in the residency to ensure skills competencies
  • Students enjoy access to an online writing center with a doctorate level writing coach

Our program combines the highest industry standards with a strong Christian ethic.

Flexible and Effective Programming

At LCU, we understand that students lead very busy lives and are in need of programming that is both flexible and effective. For this reason, we've designed our courses to help you achieve success – in both your personal and professional life. This 60-credit-hour, non-thesis program combines the benefits of online and residential courses:

  • Take 75% of courses online for your convenience
  • Take 25% of courses on campus for face-to-face time with faculty
  • Participate in a 1-week residency each year (3 total) to learn practical skills
  • Complete a practicum and 2 counseling internship courses to gain necessary and invaluable real-world experience

Our supportive environment is designed to encourage students to have open and honest communication with their professors and each other; to think critically; and to realize their highest potential for service to others. With a curriculum taught by doctorate-level faculty, students are being groomed for success in this rapidly-growing career path. Upon graduation, we encourage our alumni to take what they've learned at LCU and apply it to a career that is highly rewarding – personally, professionally, and spiritually. At LCU, you will find opportunities to:

  • Participate in personal growth groups and mentoring from caring counselors dedicated to your success
  • Gain personal and spiritual development and encouragement from the online chapel and prayer room
  • Enjoy a professional counseling curriculum that incorporates a Christian worldview

Master's in Mental Health Counseling Career Outcomes

Upon graduating with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you will be ready to help people overcome emotional or mental disorders by listening to clients, asking questions, applying counseling theory, and using counseling techniques to help them develop new ways of improving their lives. This important profession is both personally and professionally rewarding for those who feel called to help others. Qualified individuals in this rapidly growing career path are in high demand – employment for mental health counselors is expected to grow by 29% from 2012 to 2022.

Graduates may seek membership in one or more professional counseling organizations that provide access to publications, advocacy, research, networking, and conferences to enhance their professional development:

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness