M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

100% Online Coursework + Onsite Internship

Become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

There is an ongoing mental health crisis in the United States and the need for Licensed Mental Health Counselors is growing at an exponential rate. Are you ready to channel your passion for helping people with a rewarding career in mental health?

Get ready to transform lives and empower communities by earning your M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Choose to complete your coursework online or on-campus through the on-site M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The choice is up to you.

Get Licensed

Graduates will complete the minimum 60 credit hours to apply for the designation of Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, and the LMHC or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation in most other states in the US.

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Alumni in the Field

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Merrimack College has graduated nearly 80 students since its on-ground inception in 2018.

Where are our alumni working?

Alumni Job Titles:
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Therapist
Child Counselor
Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Therapist
Court Liaison
Jail Diversion Clinician
Licensed Mental Health Therapist
Mental Health Clinician
Outpatient Clinician
Residential Clinician

Alumni Employers:
Arbour Counseling Services
Arlington Police Department
Bay State Community Services
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Blueskies Wellness, Inc.
Chapters Recovery Center
Clearview Horizons
Elliot Community Human Services
Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Lowell General Hospital
Northeast Family Services
Riverside Community Care
Spectrum Health Systems
St. Ann’s Home
Wayside Youth and Family
Whitney Academy

Merrimack’s CMHC Onground Internship Placement Rate since 2018

High-Quality Clinical Internships

Previous Placements include:
Arbour Counseling, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Catholic Charities, Justice Resource Institute, Merrimack Counseling Center, Salem State University Counseling Center, Elliot Community Health Services, Recovery Centers of America, Children’s Friend and Family Services, Home for Little Wanderers, and many more.

Tune into the Grad Chat

Listen in to hear from a current student in Merrimack’s Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the program’s faculty Dr. Michael Mobley and Melissa Spencer.

What Will I Learn?

Students will receive a foundational curriculum in counseling skills and techniques, diagnoses, assessments, and interventions to meet the needs of culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities. They will be exposed to individual and group treatment modalities and complete a 12-month clinical internship training with a community-based mental health agency.

  • Online Asynchronous Coursework

  • 12-month On-Site Clinical Internship with Synchronous Group Supervision
  • Complete in 2 years full-time or 3-4 part-time
  • 60 credits

What Our Students Are Saying:

“I can reach out to professors at any time, whether I call or email. They’re extremely responsive. And I’ve also developed close relationships with certain students that I’ve worked with in class for different projects.”

CMHC Graduate

“I was looking for a program that would lead to professional licensure as a mental health therapist. and Merrimack’s online program is one that will prepare me to become licensed, which was most important.”

CMHC Graduate

“The clinical mental health program at Merrimack has given me this space to grow as an individual and also helped me advance my career goals in a way that fits my needs and current circumstances.”

CMHC Graduate


At Merrimack College, we’re proud of our long history of providing quality degrees to students entering the job market. Our faculty are more than just teachers. We are committed to helping you grow — academically, personally, and professionally — so that you graduate as a confident, well-prepared leader.

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