Director, Ki Chae  

The Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) offers training in professional counseling. Our students are prepared for employment as professional counselors in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, mental health agencies, human service agencies, churches, international ministries, and private counseling practice. This degree fulfills the educational requirements in most states for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor and certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Many of our graduates become licensed as Clinical Professional Counselors (LPC/LCPC) or Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) depending on the licenses available in the state where they practice. Some enter other related mental health ministries and careers. Other graduates of our program have gone on for doctoral work in counselor education or clinical psychology programs. The coursework in this program was designed to meet or exceed the educational standards for professional counselors set forth by the state of Illinois and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Deadlines and requirements will vary depending on degree and program.  See Graduate Admissions  in the catalog for additional information or go to Wheaton College Graduate School Admissions:

Wheaton College Graduate School
Graduate Admissions
Toll free: 800.888.0141 or 630.752.5195


Requirements for admission to the Master's Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include:

  • completion of a bachelor's degree
  • participation in an interview process

A background in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related field is encouraged, but no pre-requisite coursework is required.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are 51 semester hours of course work plus a three hour graduate practicum and a six hour graduate internship for a total of 60 hours. Required courses include:

Required Courses
CMHC 611Foundations of Integration I1
CMHC 612Foundations of Integration II1
CMHC 613Foundations of Integration III1
CMHC 614Group Counseling2
CMHC 614LGroup Counseling Lab1
CMHC 618Research Design and Program Evaluation3
CMHC 621Counseling Skills & Techniques2
CMHC 621LBasic Counseling Skills Lab1
CMHC 624Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice3
CMHC 625Counseling Theories and Practice3
CMHC 631Lifespan Development3
CMHC 636Family Systems Theory and Counseling3
TRMA 632Introduction to Trauma and Crisis Counseling3
CMHC 641Assessment in Counseling3
CMHC 642Psychopathology: Biological and Sociocultural Foundations3
CMHC 649Multicultural Issues and Social Advocacy in Counseling3
CMHC 651Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CMHC 653Lifestyle & Career Development3
CMHC 691Comprehensive Exit Exam0
CMHC 692Graduate Counseling Practicum3
CMHC 696Graduate Internship6
BITH 561Theological Anthropology2
Select one 4-credit biblical and theological studies course from the approved Category I listing in the Graduate School section of this catalog4
Student should select 3 credits from CMHC3
Total Credits60

CMHC students must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination (CMHC 691 Comprehensive Exit Exam) covering eight common core areas of counseling:

  • human growth and development;
  • social and cultural foundations;
  • helping relationships;
  • group work;
  • career and lifestyle development;
  • appraisal;
  • research and program evaluation; and
  • professional orientation and ethics.