MA 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 Brochure-2018-2019

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 (

The Masters Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is housed in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in the College of Education 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. Last year (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018), 13 students graduated from the CMHC program. Of these graduates, 88% graduated within their expected time period. 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 reported pass rate for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 graduates who took the NCE examination was 100%.  

MA-CMHC Student Handbook 2018-2019

Program Outcomes

YearNumber of GraduatesCompletion RateLicensure or Certification Pass RateJob Placement Rate
2017-201813Full Time- 100%
Part Time- 75%
Overall- 88%
2016-201711Full Time- 83%
Part Time- 80%
Overall- 81%
2015-201611Full Time- 100%
Part Time- 33%
Overall- 67%

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended
  • GRE scores, Verbal, Quantitative and Writing
  • 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)
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Interview if requested
  • For more Information


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

Licensure Information