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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Program Overview

The CMHC will provide you with numerous learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. Here you will learn in small class sizes and work together with notable faculty. Furthermore, the CMHC is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The CMHC Program is a practitioner-scientist program consisting of 60 credit hours including 1,000 hours of clinical experience. This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).


This full-time, cohort model program is designed to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings.


Students are advised to go to the CMHC website and learn even more about the program. Students are also encouraged to apply early to be competitive for one of our prestigious Graduate Assistantships, Graduate Scholarships or Graduate Fellowships. You can find more information about these funding sources here.


Application Information

Students are admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program for the fall semester only. 

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . March 1

Admits during fall term only

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • Competitive GRE General test scores (300 and above on the combined verbal and quantitative scales), taken within the past 5 years (Institutional Code: 5490)
    • If you have completed a masters or higher degree from an accredited institution, the GRE may not be required

  • Letter of intent describing
    • Reasons for seeking admission to the CMHC program
    • Short and long-term educational, research and professional goals 

  • Three recommendations, preferably with at least one from a university faculty member. Recommenders are required to complete a rating form and may also submit a letter if they choose.

  • Resume

  • A personal interview will be required for the top competitive candidates. Applicants will be contacted by the CMHC program directly if selected to participate in the interview process.

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.



Curriculum and Requirements

Program Policies

Total Program
Credit Hours


Average Length
of the Program

Two Years

Approximate Enrollment

15 - 20

Community Connections

Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health program receive joint clinical training and supervision from University of North Florida faculty and clinical directors at over 30 different mental health and addictions service providers. In addition, faculty and students are connected to the Jacksonville community by collaborating with local mental health initiatives and organizations (e.g. Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, Safe and Healthy Duval Coalition) to advocate for increased clinical care of the mentally ill and to create community mental wellness.


Career Possibilities

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Richmond Wynn

Associate Professor

(904) 620-4345

Building 39 , Room 4012