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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 60 credit hours and is practitioner-oriented in the sense that students are required to complete 1,000 hours of field-based experience before graduation. 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.


Interested in enrolling? Complete the online request form! Students are also advised to go to the CMHC website and learn even more about the program. 


Application Information

Helpful Information:

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

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

Admits for fall term only.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements

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.
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program requirements:

  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
    • Describe reasons for seeking admission to the CMHC program
    • Short and long term educational, research and professional goals
  • Three recommendation forms
    • Preferably at least one from a university faculty members
    • Recommenders are required to complete the rating form and may also submit a letter if they choose (they will receive an email with instructions)
  • 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

Program requirements - Express Application:

UNF undergraduates applying through the Express Application portal will be required to submit the below documents to the CMHC Express Application File Upload Portal. Questions should be directed to the graduate program director.

  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Two recommendation letters


Average Length
of the Program

2 Years

Approximate Enrollment


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.


Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Robert Zeglin

Associate Professor