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Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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

An online Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College will explore the psychology and the social sciences. As you consider an array of online colleges for Clinical Mental Health Counseling near you in the Midwest, be assured that when you find your way to Grace, you will discover an accredited online college for your Christian counseling degree, taught with a biblical worldview. A Grace Online counseling degree will help you make workable connections between behavior and relationship, preparing you to weigh questions and create conversation in a Christian college online context. 

This program is for you if you are serious about creating an impact in a Counseling career and are looking to complete your graduate degree online. With a Master in Mental Health Counseling online, you will be trained to help guide and assist people with their personal troubles. This program is also committed to the professional and interpersonal development of the student which is essential for effective counseling practice. Grace College and Theological Seminary have a rich history of offering graduate counseling degrees since 1995.

Future counselor, the way forward is Grace.

Students can complete the majority of their master’s degrees online while attending an annual seven-day residency on campus in scenic Winona Lake, Indiana. 

You will have the opportunity to attend a week-long residency on the main campus of Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. The beautifully landscaped campus bustles with activity but also offers many quiet retreats. Numerous outdoor “friendship courts” provide seating areas, but students may also choose to enjoy a book under one of the many trees. Beautifully wooded walking trails inspire quiet reflection.

All online Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are required to attend Residency each year they are enrolled and actively taking classes for the Online Counseling Degree program. Residency consists of counselor preparation and training, evaluation in skill development, and spiritual growth activities facilitated by online and residential faculty members. During Residency, faculty and students meet together for a period of intensive coursework as well as building personal and professional relationships with peers and faculty.

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

In order to be considered for enrollment in one of the graduate programs at Grace, you must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA: minimum 3.0
  • Complete the application process
  • Background check
  • Professional Reference

We recommend that you apply for admission at least one month before the next entry term. Students applying after the deadline are considered on a space available basis. It is best to apply early!

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application

    After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

  • Transcript Request

    Request official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to

  • Professional Reference

    Please contact the necessary reference (cannot be a relative) and have them complete the Professional Reference below. This reference should be completed by a recent (within the last three years) employer, instructor, or supervisor of one year or longer.

    Professional Reference Form

  • Background Check

    Please go to to request a criminal background check at the Applicant’s expense ($50). This document may not automatically be sent to you. If the electronic report is made available to you when you submit your information online, please save or print it and then email to

    Due to the process of securing a practicum/internship and licensure, it is highly unlikely that applicants who have a history of physical violence, sexual misconduct, and/or multiple criminal charges will be admitted to the CMHC program. In addition, applicants who have served a prison sentence will not be considered for enrollment in the CMHC program.

  • Interview

    Once you have completed steps 1-4, and Online Admissions has received all of the forms, you will be ready for a phone interview. A faculty member will contact you to schedule a personal interview.

    When all of the steps have been completed, you will be advised of the Admissions Committee’s decision. The Admissions Committee may request that you submit additional materials and/or that you interview with a representative of the College.

  • Acceptance Process

    Admission’s Requirements for Special Circumstances

      • written statement addressing how the applicant will overcome their special circumstances to achieve success as a graduate student and counselor-in-training.
      • An additional reference that provides insight into or addresses the applicant’s special circumstances.
      • Additional documentation or verification of student’s special circumstances.
      • An additional interview with a faculty member to address the applicant’s special circumstances

    Admission Requirements for Unclassified Students

    Applicants who are not seeking a degree but require additional or specific coursework to satisfy educational requirements related to state licensure may apply to the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program as an Unclassified Student under the following conditions:

      • Unclassified students are eligible to take up to nine credits in the CMHC program.
      • Unclassified students are not eligible to take clinical courses in the CMHC program, including Counseling Skills, Group Counseling, Practicum, Internship, or Advanced Internship.
      • Unclassified students must submit a complete application for admission into the online CMHC program as per the graduate application process.
      • Unclassified students may be asked to provide “documentation of need” for the specific course(s) offered within the online CMHC program.  Documentation of need may include, but is not limited to, correspondence from a state licensing board indicating the courses needed for licensure (to compare with student’s transcript) and/or information from the student’s previous school showing they do not have access to certain courses through that institution.
      •  In all cases, unclassified student admission decisions will be based on the current enrollment numbers within the online CMHC program.  Registration priority will be given to full-time online CMHC students.

    For more information about applying to the online CMHC program as an unclassified student, please contact or call 888-249-0533.

  • Enrollment Deposit

    Upon acceptance, submit your $100 Enrollment Deposit to accept your offer of admission. Your $100 deposit will be credited to your student account. Welcome to the Grace College community!

    Submit your deposit

Ideal Fit

Unlock Opportunities

The Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is perfect for you if you seek to help those struggling and in need of help from a licensed therapist.

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Career Opportunities

This online Counseling Degree will equip you to do counseling from a Christian perspective.

A counselor’s most important job is to offer guidance to individuals, couples, families and groups who are dealing with issues that affect their mental health and well-bein

  • Clinical Psychiatrist
  • Clinical or Counseling Psychologist
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
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Scripturally grounded, professionally skilled, interpersonally competent. These are the distinctives of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Grace College. Our program combines the flexibility of online learning, the integration of faith with counseling and psychology, and a community of learners that values relationship, support, and professional excellence.

Jill Brue, Ph.D., LPC

Chair, Graduate Counseling Department

Curriculum Examples

Theological Foundations in Counseling
Marriage and Family Counseling
Psychotherapy and Trauma
Addictions Counseling
Personality and Counseling Theories

Course Overview

This course will examine a theological foundation of counseling specifically as it pertains to Scriptural truths and principles. A biblical theory of personality will be presented which will lead to biblical concepts of counseling.

Through the lens of Scripture, this course will examine a broad theoretical and practical foundation for counseling couples and families. Students will explore how the counselor can implement knowledge and skills necessary to aid in the mending of marriages and the restoration of proper family functioning.

This course will examine the nature and practice of counseling as it pertains to trauma including interpersonal violence, sexual abuse, service-related PTSD, vicarious trauma, and other trauma causing events. An emphasis will be given to theories, models, and techniques for trauma resolution, spirituality and other resiliency factors, and the standard of care in responding to trauma survivors will be explored.

Students engage in applied learning activities to enhance understanding of addictive behavior and its treatment. Evidence-based interventions and the stages of change model are emphasized. Students explore the dynamics and treatment of addiction from an ethical, multicultural, sociological, and biblical framework.

The emphasis will be on the structure and dynamics of personality and implications for understanding behavior and change. Students will evaluate the compatibility of these theories in light of their Christian worldview, ultimately selecting a particular theoretical orientation to be used in counseling practice.

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