M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

“My counseling program at NMSU was very challenging but words can’t express how much I learned academically as well as socially. I am beyond thankful for the multicultural emphasis and awareness the program helped us develop, I truly view the world differently, and hopefully in a better manner, thanks to the professors efforts. I’m very thankful and grateful for attending the CEP program at NMSU. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for the time and effort the professors put in to me as a student.” -AJ Amini, M.A.

DEADLINE for applications is February 1st

MA-CMHC Program Application

CMHC Handbook 2024-2025

CMHC Brochure 2024-2025

Program Information

The MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares graduates to pursue licensure as Clinical Mental Health Counselors. Obtaining licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor requires post-graduate supervised practice and successful completion of licensing exams. Because the post-graduate requirements are substantial, they require a minimum of two years to complete, and are subject to change; students are directed to the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board website for current licensure requirements (http://www.rld.state.nm.us).

CMHC Mission Statement

The Masters Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is housed in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation at New Mexico State University. The program prepares professional counselors for careers in a variety of mental health settings including agencies, hospitals, and private practice. Within the past five years, all of the graduates actively seeking employment were employed within 180 days of graduation. Graduates from our program are consistently successful in completing licensure exams. The CMHC Program is taught almost entirely in a traditional face to face format. Non-foundational courses may be taught in a hybrid format with a combination of face to face instruction and online assignments.

Admission Requirements

  • Due February 1st
  • Transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or curriculum vita (List of completed upper division and/ or graduate course work (including grades) related to counseling)
  • Interview if requested
  • In addition to the criteria specified above, a candidate’s professional dispositions (written, face-to-face, and virtual) are considered by the admissions committee. A candidate’s professional dispositions are of the utmost importance because the practice of professional counseling is largely based on interpersonal communication skills. Thus, it is possible for a candidate’s application to be denied solely based on their professional dispositions (regardless of the strength of their other application materials).”
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Method of Instruction

  • Classes are offered via synchronous, face-to-face format.

Financial Aid Information


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Licensure Information

Please refer to the information provided by the New Mexico Licensing and Regulation Board for more information related to specific requirements associated with obtaining counseling licensure. A link to the NMLRB is located below:

Program Outcomes

  Graduation Rate = 98%
Comprehensive Examination Pass Rate: 100%
Employment Rate: 100%

Program Assessment