Online Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Positively Impact Lives with a Master’s Degree in Counseling

Prepare for More with a Degree from Butler University

The MS in Mental Health Counseling features a rigorous curriculum aligned with national and state standards. Through online coursework and hands-on experience, including 700 practicum and internship hours, you’ll be prepared for dual-licensure in mental health counseling and clinical addictions counseling in Indiana. Check your state requirements for more information about licensure specifics.

Experienced clinicians teach courses that cover topics like fundamental counseling theory, trauma and crisis response, and psychopharmacology. Upon graduation, learners can assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders, practice in a culturally responsive manner, reassess the impacts of their own biases, and apply the legal and ethical requirements necessary to the profession. Our graduates work in settings such as private practice, schools, addictions and recovery organizations, and inpatient and outpatient hospitals. Graduate in 2.5-3 years ready to make a difference in patients’ lives.

Butler University’s online programs allow you to engage directly with faculty and peers through online and immersive experiences. At Butler, we cultivate innovation and holistic learning, whether you choose to learn online or on campus. You’ll graduate prepared with the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career and life goals.

60 Credit Hours

2.5-3 Years

No GRE Required

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In-Depth Curriculum that Meets State and National Standards

The 20 required courses in the MS in Mental Health Counseling include 700 practicum and internship hours at a location convenient to you. Some classes include:

ED 577 Group Procedures

A study of group interactions, occasions for group counseling, and techniques of group counseling.

ED 571 Career and Life Planning

Studies that provide an understanding of career development, assessment, and related life factors.

ED 630 Diversity and Similarity

This course is designed to help students develop multicultural and advocacy competencies for working with people of diverse groups in society. Students will have opportunities to develop an awareness of their own cultural values and biases, to study prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures, and develop skills useful for appropriate interactions with particular groups.

ED 568 Neurocounseling and Psychopharmacology

Studies that examine the role of the nervous system in counseling, including brain-based treatment techniques, the biological components of various disorders, and the use of common pharmacological interventions.

Quality Online Education from a Top-Ranked University

No matter your goals, Butler University can help you get there. Our online programs are designed to provide the flexibility you need along with the detailed instruction that prepares you to positively impact communities and individuals. You’ll study with expert-level faculty who bring their real-world understanding into the virtual classroom. Online or in person, you’ll receive a top-tier education at Butler.

Prepare for In-Demand Mental Health Careers

Upon graduation, you’ll be on your way to dual-licensure in mental health counseling and clinical addictions counseling. Licensure requirements vary by state. Check your state’s requirements.

Some roles you might pursue include:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor
  • Trauma Therapist

Our Mission

Butler University, founded on ideals of equity and academic excellence, creates and fosters a collaborative, stimulating, intellectual learning environment. We are inspired to boldly innovate and broadly educate, enriching communities and preparing all learners to lead meaningful lives.

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  • 2022-2023 No. 1 in Regional Universities Midwest
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